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During a recent interview with Mt. Airy professor and author Kyla Schuller, she urged me to read a new book, “The Days of Afrekete” and to interview the author, Asali Solomon, because “the entire book takes place in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill, and it is a very good book.” more
Kyla Schuller could not be more pleasant, upbeat, scholarly, unpretentious and delightful to chat with. In other words, she is the last person one would expect to be a lightning rod for controversy. more
On Thursday, Dec. 9, the Friends of Chestnut Hill Library are holding a Bibliophile Winterfest Reception from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Mimi’s Café at 184 East Evergreen Ave. more
Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” is one of the most beloved novels in the canon of Western literature, and a staple of holiday reading. Dickens never wrote a sequel. more
Theroux's observations about travel and literature are well made and worth mentioning, but the book's appeal lies with its people. more
Chestnut Hill poet, author and college professor Martin Wiley has a new book of poetry, “Just/More,” that “reflects the joys and pains of being a Black father in these times.” more
Most children can't possibly imagine what career they will eventually pursue as adults (except maybe for Major League baseball players or U.S. President), but from the time Mt. Airy resident Jennifer … more
Terry Connell's passionate, emotional journey with Stephan Love, his partner of three years, and the two years that he spent caring for him after he had contracted AIDS. more
“The book is inspired by my mom, who lost her father when she was 18,” Laura Sibson said. “I wanted to write about teenagers navigating grief, and I thought that magic was a good metaphor … I hope readers love these girls as much as I loved writing about them.” more
If ever there was a timely novel, it is Nancy Allen's “Grace.” more
“Miss Lillian” Clark, was inspired to create her latest labor of love by her granddaughter, Alleya. The idea for an Alzheimer's book geared to children continued to percolate until she finally finished “I Am Not Myself.” more
'Songbirds,' will be released late this year or very early next year. more
There is an old adage in the publishing business: Write about what you know. Tony DePaul is a perfect example of the truth of this bromide. DePaul, a mid-70s dynamo who was born in Chestnut Hill … more
Poet Susan Windle new book “Through the Gates, The Second Omer Journey” continues her journey through daily life sustained and guided by the Jewish practice of Omer. more
Mt. Airy resident Lynn Gregory, 74, is living proof that it is never too late to write a novel. more
Valerie Ogden was so inspired by Apollo that she wrote a book about him, “Saving Apollo.” more
When West Mt. Airy resident Susan Russell and her business partner Lucy Noland launched their publishing company, Archimedes' Printing Shoppe & Sundry Goodes, in late 2019, there was no way they could know, of course, that the crippling coronavirus pandemic was just around the corner like a snake, waiting to strike. more
Chestnut Hill author, singer/songwriter and professional storyteller Ted Fink, 81, left a copy of his fifth novel, “Pebbles in the Fire,” which came out in March, for me in the Local office with a handwritten note saying in part: “I hope you find this story a fun read.” more
In his latest book, “A Course Called America” (Avid Press), Tom Coyne set out on a goal to play every course that has hosted US Open and a golf course in every state.  I’ll spare you the suspense: He achieves it. The real story, however, is in the how, with who, why and the search for the quintessential American course. more
Ray Didinger starts out his new book with a Q & A he gave “in the activities room at the Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church.” Why would a local church invite a sportswriter to address their congregation? more
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