Books


 Carl Hoffman.

Book Review: 'Savage Harvest,' by Carl Hoffman

How did Michael Rockefeller, the son of Nelson, die while on a trip to find primitive art in Africa? His demise seems to have been brutal.

about 17 hours ago


 Peter Matthiessen.

Book Review: 'In Paradise,' by Peter Matthiessen

“In Paradise” takes readers on a trip to a Nazi death camp, but in failing to develop characters turns out to be an unpolished novel.

about 17 hours ago


 Dayo Olopade.

Book Review: 'The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa,' by Dayo Olopade

Africa is no longer the “dark continent,” according to Dayo Olopade.

about 17 hours ago


 Roddy Doyle, author of "The Guts."

Book review: Band from 'The Commitments' returns for encore

In “The Guts,” the master conversationalist Roddy Doyle comes to terms with the past in the present.

1 week ago


 Siri Hustvedt, author of "The Blazing World."

Siri Hustvedt writes brilliant novel about ageism and sexism

“The Blazing World” tackles the knotty issues of identity and sense of self, and our unconscious ideas about gender.

1 week ago


 Jacob Bacharach, author of "The Bend of the World."

Book review: 'The Bend of the World' tells a coming of age story with humor and poignancy

Amid flying saucers and cosmic conspiracies, Pittsburgh novelist Jacob Bacharach makes a disarming, intelligent and seriously funny debut.

1 week ago


 Dylan Thomas and his wife, Caitlin.

A fitting year to hike Dylan Thomas trail

During the centennial of the birth of famed Welsh poet and author Dylan Thomas, festivals, tours and special readings are planned.

1 week ago


 Margo Wilson, author of "The Main Ingredient."

Book review: Eat, pray, eat, love, solve a crime in 'The Main Ingredient'

Local writer and Cal U English Department chairwoman Margo Wilson explores the intersection of friendship and cooking.

1 week ago


John Edgar Wideman to speak Saturday in Pittsburgh

Noted author will appear on a Pittsburgh Center for the Arts panel about incarceration and rehabilitation.

1 week ago


Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures announces 2014-15 lineup

Authors James McBride, Jodi Picoult, Richard Ford and Sheri Fink are among those to headline the 2014-15 Literary Evenings series.

1 week ago


 Author Ann Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books, an independent shop in Nashville, Tenn.

Patchett muses about marriage and more

Ann Patchett muses about writing, the profound influence of Sister Nena and her independent bookstore in Nashville.

2 weeks ago


 Marina Keegan.

Marina Keegan's 'The Opposite of Loneliness': A mirror of the 21st century

This fiction and nonfiction collection by a woman who died at 23, on her way to a literary career, explores the anxieties of our age.

2 weeks ago


 Russell Gold "performs a valuable service by looking at [fracking] from a historical, economic, political and environmental perspective."

'The Boom': Meet the frackers

Journalist Russell Gold writes an even-handed history of a controversial practice.

2 weeks ago


 Teju Cole.

'Every Day Is For the Thief': a novella of Nigeria

Teju Cole, whose first novel "Open City" was widely praised, tells a vibrant story of his homeland: an introduction and a provocation.

2 weeks ago


 Edna O'Brien with her parents, Lena and Michael O'Brien,  in front of Drewsboro House, 1966.

Irish writer Edna O'Brien comes to town

Edna O'Brien, the doyenne of Irish letters, will speak Saturday evening at Carlow University.

2 weeks ago


 Ellie Wymard.

Carlow program for writers includes an Irish flair

Carlow University's writing program includes meetings with remarkable Irisih writers in Dublin.

2 weeks ago


 "The Johnstown Girls" by Kathleen George.

'The Johnstown Girls" is a captivating tale

Kathleen George explores the legacy of the Johnstown Flood in her latest novel.

2 weeks ago


 Leah Vincent, author of "Cut Me Loose."

Pittsburgh native Vincent's 'Cut Me Loose' is compelling tale of leaving ultra-Orthodox life, but lacks heft

In 'Cut Me Loose,' Leah Vincent chronicles her rebellion against an ultra-Orthodox girlhood.

3 weeks ago


 Dave Itzkoff.

'Mad as Hell: The Making of 'Network' ' at its best with script analysis, bios of classic 1976 film

"Mad as Hell" weighs in on the film's importance in the careers of its cast and their behavior on the set.

3 weeks ago


 Tom Clancy, author of "Command Authority" with Mark Greaney.

Clancy's 'Command Authority' long but a quick, timely read about Crimea

Tom Clancy's final novel involves Russian invasion of the Crimea.

3 weeks ago


Women artists gather at Hazlett for SWAN Day

The event featuring local artists from many entertainment disciplines is in its sixth year.

3 weeks ago


 Jim Daniels

Jim Daniels' 'Birth Marks': love and decay from the poet of mill towns and beyond

"Birth Marks," the poet's 14th collection, flips between his recent past and adolescence, darting between dark humor and unwholesome love.

4 weeks ago


 For Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, humans "are the apex predators of the world, as cruel and bloodthirsty a species as ever lived."

'Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil': wisdom from the wild kingdom

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson offers a unique perspective on cruelty, compassion and the human condition.

4 weeks ago


 Alice Hoffman.

'The Museum of Extraordinary Things': acceptance and love in unlikely context

Alice Hoffman's message of self-acceptance transcends its early 20th-century setting at a sideshow.

4 weeks ago


 Jimmy Carter's new book "is designed to shock us into the reality that the social creation of gender roles is not 'the divine will.' "

Jimmy Carter's 'A Call to Action': Women's rights are universal

A tour de force of the global abuse and manipulation of women, including statistics that will stun with details that cannot be ignored.

4 weeks ago


 Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture, and author of "The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects."

Smithsonian expert to discuss local artifacts at Heinz History Center

Richard Kurin will talk about artifacts with strong links to Pittsburgh during a book launch party on Saturday.

1 month ago



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