Novelists, Scholars, Statesmen Have Some Words to Say

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With cable, YouTube and Twitter, talk has seldom seemed so cheap.

But the authors, scholars and statesmen who will be speaking in Pittsburgh this fall afford the chance to savor the sort of reasoned, eloquent speech that now seems to belong to another era.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at Heinz Hall on Oct. 4. The 42nd president appears as part of the Robert Morris University Pittsburgh Speakers Series. Like him or hate him, the guy is guaranteed to have good tales to tell.

The Robert Morris series also includes appearances by Jon M. Huntsman, the former ambassador to China and former presidential candidate, who speaks Nov. 14. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox speaks on March 13, 2013, and Andes plane crash survivor Nando Parrado closes out the series on April 22.

Author, humorist and raconteur David Sedaris appears Oct. 21 at Heinz Hall. Sedaris, the author of the memoir "Me Talk Pretty One Day," is self-deprecating and laugh-out-loud funny. On Oct. 27, Theresa Caputo, star of the TLC series "Long Island Medium," will appear at Heinz Hall -- presumably, not out of thin air. She will perform live readings for audience members and discuss her career as an alleged conduit to the afterlife.

The Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Series at Carnegie Hall features novelists and non-fiction authors at Carnegie Music Hall as part of Literary Evenings, their Monday Night Lecture Series. The series includes Jeffrey Toobin, a lawyer, author and legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker, and author of "The Oath: The Obama White House vs. …