Kent Nelson, author of "Spirit Bird."

Preview: 'Spirit Bird' author lands at the Aviary

Kent Nelson, winner of the 2014 Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, gives a free reading Thursday night at the National Aviary.

1 day ago

'The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher': Short story collection brings up the Iron Lady's body

Hilary Mantel’s new collection of fiction includes one rather controversial story ...

2 days ago

 Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves."

Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series plans five more programs

Adam Hochschild, NoViolet Bulawayo, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Jen Bervin, Jennifer Clement and Peter Hessler will appear this season.

4 days ago

 Ian McEwan, author of "The Children Act"

Ian McEwan's 'The Children Act': The banality of morality

Mr. McEwan’s latest novel, about a judge deciding if a boy must receive medical treatment over his religious parents’ wishes, feels forced.

4 days ago

 Matt Bai, author of "All the Truth Is Out."

'All the Truth Is Out:': Matt Bai on the press coverage that destroyed Gary Hart

“The Fall of Gary Hart and the Rise of Tabloid Politics” serves as a reminder of the tricks memory can play on us.

4 days ago

 From the cover of "George Benson: The Autobiography"

George Benson, guitar hero on the Hill

Guitarist George Benson pens an illuminating autobiography rich in Pittsburgh history and music.

4 days ago

 New York Review of Books editor-writer Hugh Eakin and editor Robert Silvers in the HBO documentary "The 50-Year Argument."

‘50-Year Argument’ explores history of New York Review of Books

Director Martin Scorsese and documentarian David Tedeschi examine 50 years of the New York Review of Books in an HBO documentary.

4 days ago

 Actress Hattie McDaniel, left, is presented an Oscar by actress Fay Bainter for best performance in a supporting role for her work as "Mammy" in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind."

When 'Gone With the Wind' film was released, it was lauded and lambasted

Released 75 years ago, “Gone With the Wind” drew complaints about decency and racism, but it still was wildly successful.

1 week ago

 Poet Lucie Brock-Broido will open the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Poet returns to her roots in Pittsburgh after 26 years

Pittsburgh native and poet Lucie Brock-Broido will speak Thursday night in the Frick Fine Arts auditorium.

1 week ago

 The Braddock Carnegie Library was the first Carnegie library built in the United States.

RAD funding of Electronic Information Network a boon to Allegheny County libraries

Ever since the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh went digital, its Downtown and Business branch has become a particularly lively destination.

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 John W. Dean, author of "The Nixon Defense."

'The Nixon Defense': John Dean revisits the scene of the crime

Former Nixon aide John Dean illustrates how the president got caught in the quicksand of the Watergate scandal.

1 week ago

'Brutal Youth': Anthony Breznican explores the dark side of high school

The author’s memories of Catholic high school in Western Pennsylvania were the ideal starting point for his first novel.

1 week ago

  James McBride won the National Book Award last year for "The Good Lord Bird."

National Book Award winner James McBride opens Monday Night Lecture season

James McBride, in his new book “The Good Lord Bird,” shines the spotlight on slavery foe John Brown, who helped shape where we are today.

1 week ago

2Do this week, Sept. 21-27: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Free events include “As You Like It” at Schenley Park; a Pittsburgh Symphony Brass concert and an appearance by poet Lucie Brock-Broido.

1 week ago

 Joshua David Bellin, author of "Survival Colony."

'Survival Colony 9': Joshua David Bellin makes his YA debut

The Pittsburgh native tells the story of a gang of survivors left after a war destroys most of humanity.

1 week ago

 Author Glennon Doyle Melton

Author to bring message of lifting others to Pittsburgh

Glennon Doyle Melton, who battled addictions and bulimia and now raises money to assist families in need, will share her life challenges.

1 week ago

 Conservator Rikke Foulke displays the various damage marks on an early portrait of Pittsburgh’s first city controller, Henry Lambert, at Heinz History Center’s new conservation center. This portrait of Mr. Lambert, by Albert Lauck Dalbey, was painted in 1865.

History center helps Pittsburghers preserve heirlooms

Pittsburghers never move and rarely — if ever — throw anything away, the president of Heinz History Center observed Wednesday.

2 weeks ago

Authors meet in Oakmont Carnegie Library

A new writer’s guild is helping authors tap into the personal experience of journaling to benefit their work.

2 weeks ago

 Terrance Hayes: "This is so overwhelming I can’t say what will come of it."

Pittsburgh poet Terrance Hayes named MacArthur Fellow

The University of Pittsburgh professor, who also holds a master’s from Pitt, won a National Book Award in 2010. “I’m dumbfounded,” he said.

2 weeks ago

 The Mind Cure Records release of The Bats' live show in May 1984, featuring the not-yet-famous author Michael Chabon on vocals.

Author Michael Chabon's 1984 Pittsburgh punk rock performance released by Mind Cure

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a Pitt grad, sang with The Bats, briefly. One show is part of a local label’s archival releases.

2 weeks ago

Book reviews: 'The Tree House That Jack Built,' 'Mighty Dads' and more

With the dog days of summer behind us, it’s time for shorter days, cooler temperatures, and new books.

2 weeks ago

Carnegie Library opens poetry series

Toi Derricotte, Vanessa German kick off a new poetry reading series at the Oakland branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Saturday.

2 weeks ago

 Sean Madigan Hoen.

Book reviews: Two new books play on songs of the Rust Belt

Authors Ed Davis and Sean Madigan Hoen explore changing musical fortunes in a novel and an autobiography.

2 weeks ago

 Ed Piskor, author of "Hip Hop" books

'Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2': Cartoonist Ed Piskor continues his quest for the perfect beat

Ed Piskor, straight out of Munhall, develops characters he introduced from the early days of hip-hop.

2 weeks ago

 "Some of what he writes about recalls Winston Churchill’s comment, 'History will be kind to me because I intend to write it.' "

'World Order': Henry Kissinger surveys the globe (somewhat selectively)

Used to looking at the grand scheme of things, Kissinger grasps global shifts well, but shows blind spots on Africa and Latin America.

2 weeks ago

 Diana Bretherick, author of "City of Devils"

'City of Devils': In the shadows of Turin, a compelling 19th-century mystery

Diana Bretherick shows that the catacombs of the Vatican have nothing on Turin’s eerie, winding roads.

2 weeks ago

Daniel Wilson returns to the robot apocalypse in 'Robogenesis'

Humans create robots that rise up against their creators in this sequel to 2011’s “Robopocalypse.”

3 weeks ago

'The Lost': Looking for love in lost places

Sarah Beth Durst combines sci-fi, mystery, romance and mysticism in her Harlequin romance.

3 weeks ago

 "Flight 93" by Tom McMillan.

'Flight 93': The heroism over Somerset on 9/11

Author Tom McMillan brings Flight 93 into deeper historical focus in new book out Thursday.

3 weeks ago

'Three Rivers': Love, Pittsburgh style, done right

Lawyer turned romance novelist Chloe T. Barlow gets love in the ’Burgh right.

3 weeks ago

 "Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World" by Monte Beauchamp.

'Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World': Smorgasbord on the funny pages

Monte Beauchamp arranges a glorious mash-up: 16 contemporary cartoonists telling the stories of 16 groundbreaking cartoonists.

3 weeks ago

 James Ellroy, author of "Perfidia."

James Ellroy’s 'Perfidia': L.A. noir on steroids

Despite missteps, “Perfida” has a compelling power. It is violent, absurd and often vile, but then, so is America.

3 weeks ago

 Joseph O'Neill, author of "The Dog."

'The Dog': Joseph O’Neill tells an ultramodern tale of life in Dubai

O’Neill follows “Netherland” with a journey to the shimmering desert: part thriller, part cultural critique, part philosophical exploration.

3 weeks ago

 The 10-year-old statue of James Joyce with its shiny left shoulder on the Grand Canal in Trieste.

A portrait of James Joyce in Trieste

Trieste is a lively Italian seaport city where James Joyce spent his formative years in the early 20th century.

3 weeks ago

'A Colony Sprung From Hell': Tracing Western Pennsylvania's roots finds an area engulfed in turmoil

Daniel Barr traces the contentious, bloody early history of the region and unearths the roots of resistance to central authority.

3 weeks ago

 Greenfield teacher Kelly Coleman's debut novel, "Holding On and Letting Go," deals with a teenage girl’s experiences after the loss of her 10-year-old brother to cancer.

Greenfield teacher Kelly Coleman publishes teen novel

Tired of reading about shallow, damsel-in-distress characters, she wrote “Holding On and Letting Go” with "full and dynamic characters."

4 weeks ago

 David Mitchell.

'The Bone Clocks': David Mitchell conjures a triumphant tale of mystics and desperate youth

Arguably the best novelist writing today, Mitchell returns to the literature of mortality like a Babylonian to the epic of Gilgamesh.

1 month ago


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