A lifelong Squirrel Hill resident, Lee Gutkind put the writing genre of creative nonfiction on the literary map. In fact, Vanity Fair dubbed him “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction.” Gutkind is the founding editor of the journal Creative Nonfiction. He’s also written more than a dozen books, including Almost Human: Making Robots Think, which profiles the subculture of robotics technology.
He’s got strong Irish roots, but Stewart O’Nan is also a lifelong Pittsburgh resident. He’s written a dozen novels, a short-story collection, a screenplay and he’s even dabbled in some nonfiction. Once named one of America’s Best Young Novelists, some of O’Nan’s titles include Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Emily, Alone and Last Night at the Lobster.
Though she’s made Arizona her home in recent years, Jewell Parker Rhodes was also born and raised in Pittsburgh. She’s the author of five novels and counting, including Voodoo Dreams, Magic City and Douglass’ Women. Rhodes has also written a memoir and even some children’s books.
John Edgar Wideman
John Edgar Wideman was born in Washington, D.C., but he grew up in the city of Pittsburgh. In fact, much of Wideman’s writing is set in Pittsburgh, especially the East End neighborhoods, near his childhood home. He’s written a dozen novels, but he’s probably best known for his memoir Brothers and Keepers, as well as his personal essays.
Michael Chabon was also born in our nation’s capital, but grew up in Pittsburgh. The Virginia Quarterly Review once said Chabon is “one of the most celebrated writers of his generation.” He published his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, at the young age of 25. But, he’s probably best known for Wonder Boys, which was made into a Hollywood movie starring Michael Douglas. Chabon has written six novels, two short-story collections and several essays.