Andrew Solomon, author of "Far From the Tree," will speak in Oakland Monday night as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures series.

Lecture preview: Author Andrew Solomon to discuss two celebrated books

The author of “Far From the Tree” and “The Noonday Demon” speaks as part of the Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Series Monday in Oakland.

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'The Story of the Lost Child': A compulsively readable quartet of novels is complete

The final installment of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels is hefty and satisfying.

2 days ago

 Sudhir Hazareesingh author of  "How the French Think."

'How the French Think': an elegant, but incomplete, introduction to French intellectual life

It is hard to imagine future books about French thought that ignore the anti-intellectual influence of radical Islamists.

2 days ago

 Nadia Bolz-Weber: the pastor at the House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, Colo.

'Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People': A pastor learns to see the beauty in the broken

Nadia Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran with attitude, pulls no punches when she tells the truth about humanity, especially her own truth.

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 The work of visual artist Natiq Jalil will be part of Holiday RAWk, presented by RAW: natural born artists Thursday at Mr. Smalls.

2Do this week, Nov. 29-Dec. 6: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Former PSO concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley performs; Chinese activist and author Chen Guangcheng reads; “Holiday RAWk” showcase; and more

2 days ago

 The cover of Vertigo's "The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition," written by Neil Gaiman with art by J.H. Williams III.

Gaiman returns to comics with 'Sandman: Overture'

“The idea of celebrating the 25th anniversary of ‘Sandman’ with a comic was just too good to miss,” writer Neil Gaiman said.

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'The Crossing': Michael Connelly brings back Bosch for a riveting L.A. thriller

Harry Bosch is back: the former cop turned private investigator plays defense for an accused murderer

1 week ago

 "Avenue of Mysteries" by John Irving

'Avenue of Mysteries': John Irving's novel of an aged writer assessing an unhappy life

Mr. Irving explores memory and the creative process, sketching a milieu where the abnormal is commonplace.

1 week ago

 "Braddock's Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution" by David Preston

'Braddock’s Defeat': The definitive book on the Battle of the Monongahela, 1755

Historian David Preston is much kinder to Braddock than others have been, detailing the secret war between Britain and France.

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 Author Lois Lowry at her home in Cambridge, Mass.

Lecture preview: 'Giver' author dislikes dystopian label

Lois Lowry, speaking in Pittsburgh Sunday, has created fantastical literary worlds in which young people save the day.

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 Terrance Hayes is currently on leave from his role as a professor at Pitt, he won the 2010 National Book Award for ”Lighthead.“

Poets with Pittsburgh connections shut out in National Book Awards

Poets Terrance Hayes and Ross Gay had been nominated for the prestigious national award.

1 week ago

Book reviews: 3 young heroines show courage against the odds

New new picture books blend heart and enthusiasm into powerful narratives about young girls in three unique settings.

2 weeks ago

 Elizabeth Kolbert.

Lecture preview: Author Elizabeth Kolbert will speak on looming extinctions

The Pulitzer Prize winner will be in Pittsburgh to discuss her book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.”

2 weeks ago

 President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter on the White House lawn in May 1979.

'A Full Life': Jimmy Carter's 'Reflections at Ninety' are intimate and illuminating

At 91, the 39th president looks back on a full and engaged life.

2 weeks ago

 A fresco of King David by Paolo Cespedes in Rome's Chiesa della Trinita dei Monti.

'The Secret Chord': Geraldine Brooks takes King David on a hero's journey

A sensual, modern take on the biblical saga of King David by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.

2 weeks ago

 Julian Stockwin.

'Tyger: A Kydd Sea Adventure': Captain Kydd leads a mutinous crew

The 16th installment of the Thomas Kydd saga is the best yet.

2 weeks ago

  Anissa Clay.

Findlay 10th-grader getting recognition for published book

Anissa Clay won a 2015 Pittsburgh Emerging Author award for “The God Conception,” the first book in a planned trilogy.

2 weeks ago

'Germany: Memories of a Nation': Neil MacGregor's masterful exploration

A Briton long intrigued by Germany, Mr. MacGregor ranges from Martin Luther to the Berlin Wall and beyond in his magnificent work.

3 weeks ago

 Stephanie Block will perform at the Cabaret at Theater Square at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

2Do this week, Nov. 8-14: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

“My People Social” at Kelly-Strayhorn, editor of  “Guantánamo Diary” reads at City of Asylum, special tour of Harmonist buildings and more.

3 weeks ago

 "Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel" by Dan Ephron

'Killing a King' and 'Doomed to Succeed': Two vital books on Israel today

Dan Ephron details Rabin’s 1995 assassination and “the Remaking of Israel”; Dennis Ross traces the ties that bind the U.S. and Israel.

3 weeks ago

 Jay Winik, author of "1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History."

'1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History': The Good War's good year

Jay Winik explores WWII’s most pivotal year but laments the failure of the U.S. to take steps that could have saved many innocent lives.

3 weeks ago

 Cece Bell discusses her 2015 Newbery Award-winning graphic novel “El Deafo,” which turns her childhood hearing loss into a superpower.

Preview: In graphic novel, author turns being different into a superpower

Cece Bell discusses her 2015 Newbery Honor graphic novel “El Deafo,” which turns her childhood hearing loss into a hero’s ability.

3 weeks ago

'The Bazaar of Bad Dreams': Stephen King's latest collection of short stories is a triumph

These stories, each introduced by Mr. King with a discussion of his inspirations, are among the best he has ever written.

4 weeks ago

 David Mitchell, author of "Slade House."

'Cloud Atlas' author to discuss his work here Monday

Author David Mitchell discusses his latest book “Slade House” as part of the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lectures Series.

1 month ago

 "Ancillary Mercy," by Ann Leckie.

'Ancillary Mercy': Ann Leckie's space opera comes to an end

The subtle, but satisfying final installment of Ann Leckie’s award-winning “Ancillary” trilogy is a triumph

1 month ago

 Patti Smith.

'M Train': Patti Smith, the godmother of punk, crafts a quiet meditation on the mundane

A memoir about the musician’s solitary life, decades after she spearheaded the punk music revolution in America.

1 month ago

 "The Witches Salem, 1692," by Stacy Schiff.

'The Witches: Salem, 1692': Stacy Schiff crafts a compelling history of witch hysteria

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Stacy Schiff’s writes a meticulous history of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692.

1 month ago

 Some of the contents of the white chest bequeathed to Mary K. Sonntag that led to the book.

Preview: Sonntag women followed the trail written by their family

Compiling a family history of ancestors’ pioneer days became a labor of love for mother and daughter, winning an IPPY for independent books.

1 month ago

Book reviews: 2 tales explore what time means to people

Paige Britt's “The Lost Track of Time” and Jennifer Torres' “Finding the Music” explore how moments can be spent or savored.

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