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Speaking Volumes was a weekly conversation hosted by Josh Raulerson on books and reading with interesting people from all walks of life here in Pittsburgh.Speaking Volumes as a regular feature ended in December, 2013 but occasional specials may pop up.

Speaking Volumes: Aaron Bisno


Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation values narrative for its power "to convince someone of the meaning of an argument because of its direct implications on someone with whom they have a relationship, who they care about."

Erik Larson, In the Garden of Beasts

The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of William E. Dodd, the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels. -NPR

Yehoshua November, God's Optimism
God’s Optimism is Yehoshua November’s debut poetry collection. In addition to winning the MSR Poetry Book Award, it was named a finalist for the Autumn House Poetry Prize and the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. November teaches writing at Rutgers University and Touro College, and his work has appeared inThe Sun, Prairie Schooner, Margie, The Forward, and other publications. His poetry has been anthologized, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and selected as the winner of Prairie Schooner’s Bernice Slote Award. He lives with his family in Morristown, NJ. 
-Main Street Rag
Etgar Keret, Suddenly, A Knock On The Door
Combines absurd, humorous and poignant themes that reveal the fierce humanity of characters in surreal situations.