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“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
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
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