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 "The Architect's Apprentice" by Elif Shafak.

'The Architect’s Apprentice': A tale of 16th-century Istanbul mixes architecture, mystery and history

Elif Shafak’s novel is an exquisitely realized historical yarn of the Ottoman Empire

about 22 hours ago


 "Academy Street" by Mary Costello.

'Academy Street': A compelling portrait of a woman in full

Mary Costello’s mesmerizing debut novel follows Tess from her childhood in Western Ireland through her experiences in post-9/11 New York.

about 22 hours ago


 "The Victory with No Name" by Colin G. Calloway.

'The Victory With No Name': Native Americans win the battle but lose the war

Colin G. Calloway tells the true story of a Native American army that thrashed an American army.

about 22 hours ago


2Do this week, May 3-10: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

River City Brass Band, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and IonSound Project are in town.

about 22 hours ago


 Jacqueline Battalora

Chicago professor calls out the 'culture of white superiority'

Jacqueline Battalora wanted to find out why so many young black men are dying at the hands of police, from Baltimore to Ferguson, Mo.

about 22 hours ago


 Trevor Thomas and Natalie Sacco are the new owners of the Mystery Lovers Bookstore in Oakmont.

Are independent booksellers replacing big-box retailers?

Many shops are thriving in the Pittsburgh area as Borders and Barnes & Noble have retreated.

2 days ago


Comic-book artists' original Avengers pages exhibited at the ToonSeum

The exhibition starts at the beginning, with a page by Jack Kirby of the Marvel superheroes’ first appearance.

2 days ago


Bob Hope, influencer: 'Hope: Entertainer of the Century' by Richard Zoglin

Richard Zoglin pens a biography of Bob Hope that is as big as its subject.

6 days ago


Mists of time, fog of war: 'The Violent Century' by Lavie Tidhar

The tale of a British superhero on an Earth like ours — but not quite.

6 days ago


His own man: 'The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams' by Phyllis Lee Levin

Journalist Phyllis Lee Levin looks at the life of the sixth president and great American.

6 days ago


 Richard Flanagan.

Lecture preview: Novelist Richard Flanagan recounts the plight of WWII POWs at hands of Japanese

The Australian author who devoted 12 years to writing “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” speaks Wednesday in Oakland.

1 week ago


 "Out Came the Sun" by Mariel Hemingway.

'Out Came the Sun': Mariel Hemingway tells not all about the family legacy

In a flawed but still interesting memoir, the actress and granddaughter of Ernest opens a light on the troubles of her famous family.

1 week ago


 "Gotti's Rules" by George Anastasia.

'Gotti’s Rules': A window on the decline of the Cosa Nostra

“The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia”: Longtime reporter George Anastasia finds an ideal vehicle.

1 week ago


 "The Lady from Zagreb" by Philip Kerr.

'The Lady From Zagreb': Searching WWII-era Croatia for another kind of monster

Philip Kerr’s latest in the detective series about Bernie Gunther, one of the most reluctant Nazis to be encountered in fiction.

1 week ago


Women held captive in Cleveland home for decade release memoir

Amanda Berry’s "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland" was written with journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan.

1 week ago


Books: Best Books for Babies 2015

One way to identify good excellent books for children is to check out the titles selected by the Best Books for Babies committee.

1 week ago


Sins of the father: 'The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice' by Zak Ebrahim

Pittsburgh native Zak Ebrahim wrestles with the legacy of terrorism: his father, an Egyptian, killed extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990.

1 week ago


The real Ramones: 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As A Ramone' by Marky Ramone with Rich Herschlag

The Ramones were a dysfunctional punk quartet that managed to make influential music together.

1 week ago


Gaiman's throne: 'Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances' by Neil Gaiman

Our modern master of the macabre pens a new essay collection.

1 week ago


 Karla Boos will speak at Wednesday's "Neighborhood Stories, Well Told" program.

Creative Nonfiction Foundation launches 'Writing Pittsburgh' project, seeking new narratives of the city

The "Writing Pittsburgh" project will open with neighborhoods and technology, publishing three books during the next five years.

2 weeks ago


 Paula Hawkins, author of "The Girl on the Train."

'The Girl on the Train': Paula Hawkins' instant best-seller is part mystery, part confessional

“The Girl on the Train” has earned comparisons to “Gone Girl,” but it’s also on par with Patricia Highsmith’s psychological thrillers.

2 weeks ago


 Toni Morrison, author of "God Help the Child."

'God Help the Child': Toni Morrison's 11th novel revisits themes of 'The Bluest Eye,' her first

Ms. Morrison explores what is learned too late about childhood trauma and how it can live on and reverberate for decades, for generations.

2 weeks ago


 It's artichoke season in Rome, says Elizabeeth Minchilli.  The season lasts through May.  Locals eat them deep-fried and braised, or served in lasagna and risotto.

Dine: Two new books illuminate the ways of Italians and Italian regional cuisine

“The Italians” and “Eating Rome”: Two books to better understand Italians and the art of eating like one

2 weeks ago


 "Why Not Say What Happened," by Morris Dickstein.

'Why Not Say What Happened': Morris Dickstein's memoir of the New York intellectual life

Mr. Dickstein’s great strength is giving the reader a sense of being in the moment as the culture undergoes change.

2 weeks ago


Book review: Seasons, presidents and even bullying are handled in these volumes of verse

April is National Poetry Month and a great time of year to page through a book of poems or try a novel in verse.

2 weeks ago


 Poet Valerie Bacharach holds a weekly poetry writing session for recovering addicts.

Sharing the power of poetry to women recovering from addiction

A weekly writing workshop gives recovering addicts some space, says teacher Valerie Bacharach.

2 weeks ago


 Hector Tobar.

Renowned authors to appear for Pittsburgh evening literary series

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Deep Down Dark” opens Pittsburgh’s Literary Evenings, Monday Night at the Lectures on Sept. 21.

2 weeks ago


 Roz Chast.

Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Roz Chast

Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast has been drawing since she was a child. She will be in Pittsburgh April 23.

2 weeks ago


 "Marching Home" by Brian Matthew Jordan.

'Marching Home': Veterans of Civil War had similar struggles to today's soldiers

In poignant detail, Brian Matthew Jordan looks at the life of Union soldiers after returning from the Civil War.

3 weeks ago


 Alexandra Fuller in Kelly, Wyoming.

Lecture preview: Alexandra Fuller comes to grips with her 'essential aloneness'

The author will talk about her memoir  “Leaving Before the Rain Comes,” which covers the disintegration of her 20-year marriage.

3 weeks ago


 "The American People, Vol. 1" by Larry Kramer.

'The American People": Larry Kramer tells American history through the prism of the gay experience

Volume 1 of the writer and activist’s magnum opus is an important but flawed work, puzzling and inscrutable as an object of review.

3 weeks ago


 "Swing" by Philip Beard.

'Swing': Pittsburgh novelist Philip Beard revisits the Pirates of ’71

The Pirates’ 1971 season is a launch point for Beard’s subtle beauty-of-baseball treatise, but fandom is not needed to appreciate “Swing.”

3 weeks ago


 Elisa Albert, author of "After Birth."

'After Birth': A novel of the dark side of motherhood

Elisa Albert is the latest to explore the difficulties of maintaining a sense of self when faced with motherhood.

4 weeks ago


 "Enemy in the East" by Rolf-Dieter Muller.

'Enemy in the East': How miscalculations led to Hitler’s disastrous two-front war

Rolf-Dieter Muller’s history, subtitled “Hitler’s Secret Plans to Invade the Soviet Union,” brings home the nightmarish descent to war.

4 weeks ago


 "Ghettoside" by Jill Leovy.

'Ghettoside': An intimate look at a black homicide in Los Angeles

LA Times reporter Jill Leovy shows how murder affects families, causing an agony that intensifies with time and echoes through generations.

4 weeks ago


 Daniel Jones, author of "Love Illuminated" and editor of the Modern Love Column in The New York Times.

Editor of Modern Love column sees social media and trends changing relationships

Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times’ Modern Love column and who grew up in Fox Chapel, will speak at Pitt on Tuesday.

4 weeks ago



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