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Pitt-Bradford to Unveil 2018 Baily's Beads Literary Magazine

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The 2018 edition of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s award-winning literary magazine will feature online components, such as musical compositions or audio renditions of performance poems. The staff of Baily’s Beads will unveil this year’s issue at the Annual Literary Magazine Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons at Pitt-Bradford. Edited by three writing majors, Isaac Payne, a sophomore from Kane, Jayden Pire, a senior from Oswayo, and Shahada Thomas, a sophomore from Chester, the 2018 volume incorporates a variety of work. That work included an immersion journalism piece, a play, a screenplay, poetry, literary fiction and genre fiction. Readers will also be able to use web links or QR codes to hear original musical compositions and performance poetry read by the artist. In addition, the issue contains original digital photography and winners of a Seven Word Contest, for which …

Pitt-Bradford Writing Student Earns Honorable Mention

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A writing student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has recently been recognized and published online. Isaac Payne, a sophomore English and writing major from Kane, attended the Alpha Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writing Workshop in Greensburg in August. During the 11 days that he was there, he met with critically acclaimed speculative fiction authors Tamora Pierce, Alyssa Wong, Daniel Jose Older, E. C. Myers, and worked with other staff members invested in the field. The purpose of this workshop was to develop writing skills for improving speculative short stories, and to gain feedback from peers and staff. Payne used the knowledge gained at Alpha in order to earn an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Writer’s of the Future Award for his short story “The Pursuit of Luck,” which also appears in the 2018 edition of Baily’s Beads. He also has flash fiction forthcoming from The Corvid Review. “Isaac is an inventive writer with impressive initiative,” said Dr.…

Dinner Theater Returns to Bradford

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Dinner theater is returning to Bradford. Enchante Cabaret will perform its romantic comedy "Journeys" February 7 at Beefeater's. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the show starts and 7 p.m. Tickets are $49.95 and only 100 are available.

Chautauqua Institution Launches Chautauqua Janus Prize

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Chautauqua Institution today announced the establishment of a new literary prize. The Chautauqua Janus Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2018, celebrating an emerging writer’s single work of short fiction or nonfiction for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder readers’ imaginations, historical narratives, and literary conventions. In addition to receiving a $2,500 award, the winner will give a lecture on the grounds during the summer season and appear in a forthcoming issue of the literary journal Chautauqua. The prize is funded by a generous donation from Chautauquans Barbara and Twig Branch. Named for Janus, the Roman god who looks to both the past and the future, the prize will honor writing with a command of craft that renovates understandings of both. The 2018 winner will be selected by guest judge Kazim Ali, author of a forthcoming book of poems, Inquisition, and a forthcoming hybrid memoir, Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies. An a…

The Wanted (Elvis Cole #17) by Robert Crais

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The mother of a teenager finds a Rolex watch, bundles of cash and other items in his bedroom and hires private detective Elvis Cole to find out how he got the loot. Cole learns that the teen and two others are behind a string of home burglaries in rich neighborhoods and, one item they stole is very valuable to the owners -- for a reason other than money. It's so impoCrartant, in fact, that people who get in the way of its recovery are ending up dead. One of my favorite parts of this book is that the mom sees that something is amiss and does something about it. In other words: She's a parent. Hear my interview with Robert Crais herehttp://wesb.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/LiveLine-01-04-18-Authors-Robert-Crais-and-Brad-Taylor.mp3

Cameron Joins 'Tom Clancy Universe'

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Marc Cameron, best known for his "Jericho Quinn" series, is the latest author to continue telling the story of characters created by Tom Clancy. His first book in the Jack Ryan series is "Power and Empire," and it's everything you'd want in a Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan thriller. He can tell the story better than I can, so listen to him here: http://wesb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/LiveLine-12-05-17-Author-Marc-Cameron-on-Tom-Clancys-Power-and-Empire.mp3

A Wonderful Debut

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From Penguin Random House: In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny. If you're looking for a book to read to your kids for a few nights "The Wonderling" is an excellent choice. Not only is it entertaining (for adults, too!) it'll be a great jumping off point for a number of issues. Listen to my chat with author Mira Bartok to hear about some of them: http://wesb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/LiveLine-12-11-17-Author-Mira-Bartok-on-The-Wonderling.mp3

Photographer Aims to Introduce People to Jerusalem Through Pictures

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If you’ve been thinking you’d like to learn more about Jerusalem, photographer Ziv Koren’s book “My Jerusalem” features a unique collection of photos showing the real people who live, work, worship and demonstrate in Jerusalem. In a recent interview, Ziv told me some of the things that make Jerusalem unique. http://wesb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/LiveLine-11-27-17-Picture-Books-Night-Vision-and-My-Jerusalem.mp3 (This interview starts at 8:18)

Pressure Cooker Christmas

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I just finished an interview with my friend, author Ann McCauley, about her brand new book, "Pressure Cooker Christmas." (It is not cookbook.) It's been getting great reviews, and I'm so happy for her! She's doing a book signing Friday at On the Side Books on Kennedy Street, and then another December 9 at the Main Street Mercantile. You can hear the interview here:
http://wesb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/LiveLine-11-30-17-Author-Ann-McCauley-on-Pressure-Cooker-Christmas-not-a-cookbook.mp3

Yarrow, Sebastian in Bradford on Thursday

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The legendary Peter Yarrow and John Sebastian will be at the Bromeley Family Theater tomorrow, thanks to BCPAC. I had a great chat with Peter Yarrow about that and so much more. You can listen by going to the on-demand page at WESB.com.