Oakland's Schenley Plaza, just across from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh main branch, is one of the city's best places to relax with a book on a warm summer evening. It's also a great spot to enjoy live outdoor music. Josh Raulerson found plenty of people doing both on a recent Friday night, during the 2012 WYEP Summer Music Festival.
Some recommended titles for summer reading:
Abraham Verghese, Cutting For Stone
John McGahern, Collected Stories
Annie Dillard, An American Childhood
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Kate Chopin, The Awakening, and Selected Stories
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts
Terry Pratchett, The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld
Mikhail Bulgokov, The Master and Margarita
Dan Brown, The DaVinci Code
Speaking Volumes is a weekly conversation on books and reading with some of the people who make news in Pittsburgh. The program airs on 90.5 FM Mondays during Morning Edition, and Wednesdays during Essential Pittsburgh.