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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
Alex London, 41, a resident of Mt. Airy (“I love this community”), surely has to be one of the most prolific authors in the Philadelphia area (or anywhere else). more
I have been a long-time admirer of the work of Jane M. Von Bergen, 66, who retired in late 2017 as a labor writer for more than half of her 35 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Jane and her … more
When I found out recently that John Szwed has been living in Chestnut Hill for years, I was floored. I thought for sure he'd be living in New York or L.A. more
What do knights in shining armor have to do with slimy snails and porcupines? A lot, according to Elizabeth Yohlin Baill, museum educator and author of “Armor & Animals.” more
Twenty-five years ago sisters Abby Pete and Leslie Pontz hired an agent to find a publisher for a proposal they had for a children's book of theirs that would be called “Harvey the Hippo.” more
I recently read “Wyoming” (Cat's Paw Publishing in Spring House) a just-released novel by first-time author Richard Tuttle, who has lived in Chestnut Hill for five years (and Mt. Airy and Flourtown before that), and it blew me away. more
On Monday, May 10, 7 p.m., via Zoom, the Big Blue Marble Bookstore will be hosting the book launch for Dr. Taussig's new book, "What We Mean by the American Dream," released April 15 by Cornell University Press. more
Lillian Gaffney is a modern-day Biblical Job — a Glenside resident, author of the just-published memoir, “Rising Up: A Journey of Addiction, Hope, Courage and Love,” and role model for anyone who has been to hell and wants to find their way back. more
Now that the major league baseball season has just begun might be a good time for baseball fans to read “The Will of the Creator,” a novel just released in early April by Flourtown novelist Sam Levitt, 61, which has a baseball theme (sort of). more
Curtis Pontz, 80, a Mt. Airy resident for the last 47 years and lifelong Philadelphian, is the first to admit he is not an academic historian. more
When I first saw Janet Gilmore's new book, “She's your Sister and You Love Her, Right,” I thought it would be one of those light-hearted, quick-read pocket-sized birthday gift books that are ubiquitous in gift shops and tourist destination stores. more
For years, every time I saw the byline Natalie Pompilio in the Philadelphia Inquirer, I would make it a point to read the story. I knew it was bound to be a compelling human-interest story. more
I was blown away by the grenade-explosion prose in "State of the Nation," a 2018 novel by David Jackson Ambrose. Ambrose now has a new book coming out in early April, “A Blind Eye,” which tackles the tinder box subjects of LGBTQ relationships, mental health, disabilities, “transracialism,” domestic abuse and police/civilian interactions. more
One of the pleasures of doing this column comes when readers send book suggestions. more
Many folks in the Chestnut Hill area are familiar with Tom Garvey from seeing him for years in his wife Peggy's funky clothing store, Mango. more
Every once and a while book comes along that changes your outlook on life. This just happened to me recently when I read The Age of Wood by Roland Ennos. more
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