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Kelli Stevens Kane Sep01

Kelli Stevens Kane

This Pittsburgh poet is gracing stages around the country and turning her moving written words into a performance art. Kelli Stevens Kane brings her words to life in captivating shows. She loses herself as her words float through the audience before settling down and sinking in. Inspired by...

Monongahela Dusk Aug14

Monongahela Dusk

This novel is like a mirror, reflecting family histories throughout Western Pennsylvania both the beautiful and the shameful.   This suspenseful story jumped off the pages for me as the characters visited places I know well:  McKeesport, Shadyside, the Grant Building, Uniontown, and more.  ...

Revolutions Aug04

Revolutions

I asked a friend that works at Barnes & Nobel to suggest a few books by Pittsburgh authors, and she recommended a novel in B&N’s poetry section, Revolutions, by Justin Calderone.  I have a passing interest in poetry, but I am trying to broaden my palate, so I purchased...

The Last Lecture Jul27

The Last Lecture

I was determined not to read The Last Lecture.  I already knew the awful ending with author Randy Pausch dying from pancreatic cancer.  I don’t like tear-jerkers and the thought of getting into something that I knew would make me cry was just too much for me.  I had seen his heroic...

Ransom Seaborn Jul08

Ransom Seaborn

Full disclosure from the start:  I have been a big fan of singer/songwriter Bill Deasy since his days with the Gathering Field. So when I heard his debut novel was being published, I eagerly awaited Ransom Seaborn’s arrival. It didn’t disappoint.  The songwriter inside of Deasy...