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 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.”

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks ago

 Steve Berry, author of "The Patriot Threat."

'The Patriot Threat': Andrew Mellon puts a plot into motion that could destroy America

The 10th book in the Cotton Malone series by Steve Berry is a fast-paced and entertaining traditional thriller, with Pittsburgh action.

2 weeks ago

 "Cold War Modernists" by Greg Barnhisel.

'Cold War Modernists: Art, Literature, & American Cultural Diplomacy': the arsenal of ideas

Duquesne Univ. English professor Greg Barnhisel skillfully shows how modernist art and literature was used to influence the Cold War game.

2 weeks ago

 Chuck Kinder, author of "Imagination Motel."

'Imagination Motel': Fiction writer Chuck Kinder goes rogue with poetry

The legendary Pitt teacher’s “Pomes with Many Bags of Buttered Popcorn and Big Pepsis” is a large, dense book, a prose writer’s poetry.

2 weeks ago

 John Edgar Wideman.

John Edgar Wideman working on Emmett Till book

He will give a public reading at Hill House’s Kaufmann Center today.

3 weeks ago

 Nancy Martin, a speaker at the Women Read, Women Write book festival.

40 authors to attend Women Write festival

Forty authors and 250 people will discuss fiction this Sunday at Andrew Carnegie Library & Music Hall in Carnegie

3 weeks ago

 Stephanie O'Dea.

Author Stephanie O'Dea shows moms how to blog for bucks

The author of “Real Moms Making Real Money Blogging at Home in Their Pajamas” shares some tips of blogging success.

3 weeks ago

 "World Gone By" by Dennis Lehane

'World Gone By': Joe Coughlin returns in Dennis Lehane’s sequel to 'Live by Night'

Dennis Lehane gives what most people want in a crime novel — a fast-paced story with enough unexpected occurrences.

3 weeks ago

 "The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales" by Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth.

'The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales': Departures from Grimm's familiar path

Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810-86), a Bavarian civil servant, collected stories from rich and poor alike. They enchant and entertain.

3 weeks ago

 "Prudence" by David Treuer.

'Prudence': A novel of secrets of the heart on the homefront

David Treuer's examination of a Minnesota family, circa 1942, brims with poetic language and emotion.

3 weeks ago

 Dennis Lehane, author of "World Gone By" will speak in Pittsburgh on Monday.

2Do this week, March 22-28: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Organist Barbara Bruns, writer Dennis Lehane, performance artist Cynthia Hopkins, Duquesne University’s Symphony Orchestra and more ...

3 weeks ago


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