Jesse Andrews, Pittsburgh native and author of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," tells a group of students and recent graduates in the backyard of teacher Joe Ehrman: "Writing is more important than being a writer."

Students gather to learn and laugh with novelist and Schenley grad Jesse Andrews

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” author Jesse Andrews met last week with students and faculty from Obama Academy and Schenley High School.

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Book Review: a 500-pound fable that's glassy but opaque

Josh Weil’s “The Great Glass Sea” is a modern parable in fairy-tale Russia.

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 Diana Gabaldon, author of "Written in My Own Heart's Blood."

Book review: Romance novelist’s latest time travel opus has more heart than soul

Diana Gabaldon‘‍s “Written in My Own Heart’‍s Blood” is the eighth installment in the author‘‍s time-traveling Outlander series.

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 Novelist James Lee Burke, author of "The Wayfaring Stranger."

Book Review: James Lee Burke turns a lyrical eye toward the Lone Star state

“Wayfaring Stranger” continues its  author‘‍s theme of the presence of evil in the world and how good people respond to it.

6 days ago

 Joe Sacco, author of "The Great War."

Book Review: Cartoonist explores a key battle in WWI with mixed results

The first thing you notice about Joe Sacco’s “The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme” is its scope.

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Obituary: James MacGregor Burns / Scholar of presidents, leadership

The author of more than 20 books won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award with a major study of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1 week ago

 James Oliver Goldsborough, author of "Misfortunes of Wealth."

Novel captures the fight to save The Paris Herald and reveals newsroom intrigues

Journalist James Oliver Goldsborough draws on stint in the City of Light for first novel, “The Paris Herald;” book signings set here.

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 "Apocalypse Book," a digital artwork by Hugh Ebdy, won a contest run by

Scottish student wins local art contest

Scottish architecture student, Hugh Ebdy, wins local fantasy art contest with digital image of a monster and woman with a red umbrella.

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Book Review: Growing up Russian

Gary Shteyngart, the author of “Absurdistan,” is back with a hilarious autobiography, “Little Failure.”

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 "28 Hymns to Sing Before You Die" by John M. Mulder

A mighty fortress is our hymn

A new book tells the backstories on 28 hymns.

1 week ago

 John Waters, author of "Carsick."

Fiction is funnier than truth as the Bard of Baltimore, John Waters, hits the road

Filmmaker John Waters decides to hitchhike across the country, from Baltimore to San Francisco, and write about it.

1 week ago

 Lauren Owen, author of "The Quick."

Gothic romp mixes ingredients from Bronte, Dickens and Stoker

If you like spooky Victorian fiction, you’re going to love Lauren Owen’s “The Quick,” a literary gothic novel set in 1890s England.

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 Chris Bohjalian, author of "Close Your Eyes. Hold Hands."

After a disaster, a homeless girl struggles to survive

Bohjalian’s heroine in “Close Your Eyes”  can close her eyes but has no one to hold her hand in novel of a homeless girl after a disaster

1 week ago

 Elizabeth Wein.

Elizabeth Wein defends young adult fiction

Elizabeth Wein‘‍s historically accurate YA fiction brings difficult chapters in history to life for readers, young and old alike.

1 week ago

 Danielle Allen

Reading of the Declaration of Independence runs against the grain of our culture

Ms. Al­len, a po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­pher leads read­ers through the Dec­la­ra­tion sen­tence by sen­tence.

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'Tomorrow and Tomorrow' a near-future cyberpunk thriller

Thomas Sweterlitsch‘‍s “Tomorrow and Tomrrow” a bleak, gorgeous romp.

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 Thomas Piketty, author of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century."

Thomas Piketty’s best-selling ‘Capital in the Twenty-first Century’ is all it’s cracked up to be

“Capital” is a book about economics, but it is not an economist’s book. It speaks to our gut fears about income inequality.

2 weeks ago

 Zia Haider Rahman, author of "In the Light of What We Know."

Zia Haider Rahman writes a feast of a debut novel

“In the Light of Which We Know,” is a tale of friendship is the canvas for a post-911 geopolitical novel with huge and varied themes

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 Yarn dyed using onions and marigolds.

Another reason to grow plants: a chance to make fabrics more colorful

In her book, gardener, blogger and author Chris McLaughlin shows common garden plants can be used in the dye pot with great results.

3 weeks ago

 Marie Manilla, author of "The Patron Saint of Ugly."

Book delves into religion, miracles and family ties

In her novel “The Patron Saint of Ugly,” Marie Manilla strikes a balance between religious optimism and pessimism.

3 weeks ago

 Michael Hastings.

Late reporter Michael Hastings' novel indicts media over Iraq coverage

Michael Hastings‘‍ posthumous debut novel, “The Last Magazine” gets the Iraq debacle right.

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'The Romanov Sisters:' How the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra fared (not well)

The lost lives of Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia are examined in a genuinely new, interesting contribution to the Romanov story

3 weeks ago

 Joel Dicker

'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair': Swiss-French thriller phenom falls flat

Joel Dicker arrives with the greatest of buzz, but his 640-page tale of a tortured writer confuses more than it thrills.

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‘Redeployment’: Iraq War veteran Phil Klay turns to fiction to describe the brutality, fears, courage of serving

Mr. Klay expresses himself with a young man’s energy that directly and immediately pulls the reader into his narratives.

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 "The Silkworm" by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling).

'The Silkworm': J.K. Rowling returns as Robert Galbraith, spinning another Cormoran Strike tale

“The Silkworm” is a classic British mystery with a modern sensibility, written with intelligent humor and a wry observational eye.

3 weeks ago

 Novelist Anthony Breznican.

'Brutal Youth' author, New Kensington native returns to hometown

Anthony Breznican proves you can survive high school and write a novel while employed full time with the just-published “Brutal Youth.”

4 weeks ago


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