“Jesus the Phoenician” by Lebanese author Karim el Koussa leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for September

“Jesus the Phoenician” by Lebanese author Karim el Koussa leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA. Karim El Koussa’s retelling of the story of Jesus through the eyes of the Phoenicians entitled Jesus the Phoenician ranked number one.   The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the second spot with her channeled book Living in the Afterlife, revealing her visions of the other side.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
2 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
3 Der Lange Verborgene Freund J G Hohman PA Dutch Powwow
4 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
5 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal

El Koussa’s book has performed well since its release primarily due to exports to Europe and the Middle East. Karim also took the third spot with his recounting of the contributions of Pythagoras, the mathematician/scientist who lived in ancient times.  Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter.

 

Sherry Knowlton’s thriller “Dead of Spring” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for September

Sherry Knowlton’s thriller “Dead of Spring” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Spring, the third book in the Alexa Williams series, took the top spot. Mark Mitten’s recently-released western, Hard to Quit, placed second.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
2 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western
3 The Silver Coin Marie Sontag Historical YA
4 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
5 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
6 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
7 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
8 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
9 Who Killed Marcia Maynard? Alma Bond Detective Thriller
10 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen Historical
11 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
12 Murder on the Streetcar Alma Bond Detective Thriller
13 Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Mark Mitten Western
14 Home Is a Long Time Ago William F Lee Historical
15 Courting Doubt and Darkness Joan West Detective Thriller

Sherry Knowlton’s detective thriller Dead of Spring took the top spot due to author activities.  Mark Mitten’s western Hard to Quit grabbed the second spot due to regional sales. Marie Sontag’s The Silver Coin placed third due to author activities.  Jess Steven Hughes had two titles on the list from his historical novels set in Roman times. Two of Alma Bond’s and two of Joan West’s detective thrillers made the list due to author activities.

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for September

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September. Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It took the top spot. Tigers by the River by Wylie McLallen was runner-up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
2 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
3 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
4 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
5 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
6 The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
7 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely, Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
8 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
9 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson Genealogy
10 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
11 The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music Biography
12 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
13 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley True Crime
14 Seinsoth Steven Wagner Sports Biography
15 American Berserk Bill Morris History
16 History of Lykens Township, Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
17 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
19 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
20 Letters from a Shoebox James Dohren History
21 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
22 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
23 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
24 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
25 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L Moore History

Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It was #1 due to brisk advance sales prior  to the October release. Wylie McLallen’s Tigers by the River took #2 due to author appearances and due to seasonal interest in professional football.  Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula placed #3 due to the sales of the Kindle version. A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush by Lawrence Knorr placed fourth due to regional sales. Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib by Lawrence Knorr grabbed the fifth spot thanks to seasonal interest.

The second volume of “Gotham Graves” features remarkable people from New York City

The second volume of “Gotham Graves” features remarkable people from New York City

NEW YORK, NY. – Sunbury Press has released Gotham Graves Volume Two by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

About the Book:

Famous Graves Found Around New York City

The Joes ventured to the Big Apple and its boroughs to visit the graves of the rich, famous, and infamous. This second volume of the Gotham Graves series focuses on those persons interred in and around New York City who were interesting figures in their times. Farrell and Farley have combed New York City to bring you the most entertaining biographies about interesting people buried in New York. Included in this volume:

 

  • “Gentleman Jim” Corbett
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Irving Berlin
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Bill Robinson
  • Dorothy Day
  • E G Marshall
  • Gil Hodges
  • Harry Chapin
  • Malcolm X
  • Mary Mallon
  • George and Ira Gershwin
  • The New York Mob
  • Triangle Shirt Factory Fire
  • “Boss” Tweed
  • Andy Kaufman
  • Dorothy Kilgallen
  • Miles Davis
  • Steven McDonald
  • Jimmie Walker
  • Roy Cohn
  • Ruffian

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Click to visit Author Pages to learn more about the authors and IN THE NEWS information

 

by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 8 x 10 x .6
9781620067628
244 Pages
History / US History / Mid-Atlantic

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Ex-Congressman Jason Altmire provides solutions to our partisan divide in “Dead Center”

Ex-Congressman Jason Altmire provides solutions to our partisan divide in “Dead Center”

WASHINGTON, DC. – Sunbury Press has released Dead Center by Jason Altmire.

About the Book:

How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It …

Rarely has America been so bitterly divided. Partisans now view those with differing opinions as the enemy. Cable news programs inflame passions rather than inform viewers. Social media provides the most irrational partisans a venue to spew their hatred and bias. Town hall meetings, once the staple of representative democracy, have degenerated into choreographed shouting matches. Money flows into campaigns at unprecedented rates. Centrists are nearly extinct in Congress, where compromise has become a dirty word. All the while, ordinary Americans feel disenfranchised, watching in disgust as our political process has been hijacked by ideological extremists.

A former three-term member of Congress, Jason Altmire is uniquely qualified to offer solutions to the polarization that has paralyzed Washington. A respected political moderate known for working with both sides of the aisle, Altmire during his time in office was recognized as having the most centrist voting record in the entire House of Representatives.

Fast-paced and easily-readable, Dead Center moves beyond the tired rhetoric that so often dominates our political discourse. Featuring a cast of characters including Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, Dead Center contains riveting anecdotes from Altmire’s time in office, giving readers an inside view of what it is like to be a centrist in a divided Congress. Altmire draws upon his first-hand experience in the corridors of power to evaluate the root causes of polarization and offer novel solutions to break the gridlock and restore to Washington a spirit of cooperation nonexistent today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jason Altmire served three terms in the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013. He was a bipartisan centrist known for working with both sides of the aisle, which led to an extraordinary record of legislative success. He had 29 of his legislative initiatives signed into law, went five and a half years without missing a single vote, and introduced a bipartisan bill that gained the most co-sponsors of any congressional bill in American history. During his time in office, the nonpartisan National Journal calculated Altmire’s voting record to be at the exact midpoint of the House — the Dead Center — giving him the most centrist voting record in Congress. He has been profiled by numerous national publications and has appeared on a wide variety of television news programs. He has spent his professional career in the healthcare industry, having earned a Master’s degree in Health Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“Jason Altmire is a throwback to our better angels — to a time when a brave few in each party dared to talk to the other party. Thing is, this former Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman was doing this, or trying to, just a few years ago. This isn’t ancient history. The cooperation ingrained in doing the people’s work “is” our history, and how we as a country made history. Whatever your thoughts on how we got so divisive, hear from a guy who was working the front lines, simply imploring his colleagues to just get something done.”

–Neil Cavuto
Sr. Vice President and Anchor,
Fox News Channel, and Fox Business Network

“Jason Altmire has written an insightful book on how Washington has become more polarized and dysfunctional over the last decade. He highlights the reasons why centrists in both parties have disappeared and why compromise is regarded as a four-letter word by factions on both the left and the right. Whether you’re a political junkie or someone who just wants to know how and why our political system has changed in recent years, you should read this book.”
–Bob Cusack
  Editor in Chief at The Hill newspaper

“Congressman Jason Altmire was one of the most thoughtful, pragmatic voices in the House when he served so it’s not surprising that he’s tackling the subject of rampant polarization with refreshing candor and independent insights in his first book. Most importantly, he offers solutions to help break the excessive partisanship that has poisoned our country’s politics. This book couldn’t have come at a better time.”

–Josh Kraushaar
  Politics Editor at National Journal
by Jason Altmire
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620067543
274 Pages
POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
Hardcover w/dust jacket – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620067543
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Ex-marine pays tribute to his late wife in “All My Heroes Are Gone”

Ex-marine pays tribute to his late wife in “All My Heroes Are Gone”

PLANO, Tx. – Sunbury Press has released All My Heroes Are Gone by William F Lee under its Brown Posey Press imprint.

About the Book:

William F. Lee is a retired Marine Officer and a former business executive of EDS. His Corps career spanned twenty years, two wars, and included nine personal decorations which include the Legion of Merit with V; Bronze Star with V; Purple Heart; Meritorious Achievement Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Cross of Gallantry with Palm; and the RVN Honor Medal First Class. In addition, five unit citations. After another twenty year career, he retired from business as Director, EDS International Human Resources. He’s published six prior novels, two winning Book of the Year awards from the NTBF in 2007 and 2008. These were The Light Side of Damnation and The Boys in Blue White Dress. His short story, Reincarnation of Bernarr was published in the anthology, Patchwork Path: Dad’s Bowtie. Once Upon a Nightmare was his next novel. He followed this with two more novels published by Sunbury Press, Inc., Home is a Long Time Ago and Ded Reckoning.

He was a long time member of the Lesser North Texas Writer’s Group; Writer’s Guild of Texas (WGT); Military Writer’s Society of American (MWSA).

He continues his membership with the Military Officers Association of American (MOAA) and he is a Founding Director of the Iwo Jima Memorial Flags Foundation; and a member of the 8th and “I” Reunion Association.

He lives in an Independent Senior Living Facility, The Conservatory, in Plano, Texas. His wife, JoAnn or affectionately, Jodi, passed away in August of 2016 after more than 61 years of marriage. She is the motivation behind this work, as she has been for all others. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren live nearby.

by William F Lee
BROWN POSEY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 5.5 x 8.5 x .5
9781620066799
166 Pages
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement

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“Hard to Quit” is the second Western novel by Mark Mitten

“Hard to Quit” is the second Western novel by Mark Mitten

DENVER, Co. – Sunbury Press has released Hard to Quit by Mark Mitten under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

1892

Creede, Colorado

In a boom camp like Creede, most people want to get rich either mining silver or playing cards. LG and Davis have a different plan — sell beef. Fighting the bitter temperatures and the winter storms of the Colorado high country, they string wire and bring in cattle. But there are things more dangerous than the weather. Having run out of luck and out of Denver, con man Soapy Smith brings his gang up to Creede to start over. His vision of success if different than anyone else’s, and it involves rigging the odds in his favor. No matter who it affects, or how far he must reach.

Excerpt:

Squinting in the darkness, Davis tried to see if LG’s eyes were open. But his hat brim was too low, and the light too dull. He resisted the urge to check his pocket watch. Davis didn’t even want to know what time it was.

The two of them were huddled around a cast-iron stove with a big dent in it. The top of the firebox was so mashed in, the iron door did not close properly, and hot embers kept rolling out every time the fire popped or shifted. Just to keep the tent warm, someone had to stay up and feed sticks every half hour or so. Davis was mad about the whole situation. Every night they drew cards to see who stayed up with it. And every night, it seemed, LG drew a high ace. Why couldn’t they just alternate?

“If I ain’t getting no sleep, then you ain’t getting no sleep.”

He reached over and poked LG in the cheek but got no response.

LG’s arms were folded, and his chin was resting on his chest. He appeared to be sound asleep, but Davis suspected he was just as awake as he was.

“Say, whatever happened to Emmanuel?” he asked in a loud voice. “That cook was one of the finest men that ever graced a chuck wagon. Top hand punching cattle, I’d add. He could fork any horse no matter how corrupt it was.”

They had a long day ahead, and Davis was not looking forward to it. Building a cow camp in the middle of winter was a chore. Creede was a new boomtown. Silver had just been found, and people were flocking to the canyon creek to try their hand at mining. But LG and Davis had a different plan to get rich—beef. The only meat source in the backcountry was deer, maybe a bear, or fish from the half-frozen river. People would pay high dollar for steak. The first step was to build a fence all around their new cow camp. They had chosen an open meadow in the middle of the forest. It would be perfect to hold beeves. All they needed to do was string wire from tree to tree to circle in the whole area.

Burning wood shifted inside the stove, and a lump of bright embers dropped onto the ground.

“What a foolish purchase,” Davis pointed out unnecessarily. “Them boys at the Amethyst sure pulled one over on us, didn’t they? They sure weren’t straight about how it got bent in. A big Kodiak thought it was a biscuit—my eye! There ain’t no Kodiak around here. I bet one of them drunks got soaked and whacked it with a sledgehammer.”
He squinted at LG again, studying him in the dim light.

There was no way the man could be sleeping. This was pretend. He obviously wanted Davis to think he was impervious to hardship and could sleep through anything.

Book Trailer:

TRAILER #1 (Short version):  https://youtu.be/99ejfwui9f8

TRAILER #2 (Full version):  https://youtu.be/SugTITnkvOc

Praise for “Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave”:

“Lyrical, fresh and an impressive debut.”  —Roundup Magazine
“Dialogue and actions resonate with authenticity.” —Kathleen Rice Adams, Western Fictioneers
“Mitten awakens images of Gunsmoke and The Magnificent Seven . . . Certain to be a favorite of equestrians, modern ranchers and history buffs.” —Karina Wetherbee, The Summit Daily
“A heckuva Western novel that more than lives up to its unusual title.” —Ron Scheer, Buddies in the Saddle

About the Author:

Mark Mitten was born in Texas and raised in Colorado. He has written two western historical novels. Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave was nominated for a Peacemaker Award. Hard To Quit is his second novel. An experienced mountain climber, Mark has summited all 54 of Colorado’s highest peaks. He and his wife Mary currently reside in Winsted, MN.  Learn more about Mark at his website: http://mmitten.wixsite.com/mark-mitten

Hard to Quit

Authored by Mark Mitten

List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
400 pages
Milford House Press
ISBN-13: 978-1620067482
ISBN-10: 162006748X
BISAC: Fiction / Westerns / General

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Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for August

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for August

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August. Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It took the top spot. Embattled Freedom by Jim Remsen was runner-up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
2 8 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
3 2 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
4 3 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
5 1 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
6 9 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
7 12 The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
8 17 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely, Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
9 NEW The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music Biography
10 Seinsoth Steven Wagner Sports Biography
11 4 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
12 18 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson Genealogy
13 The Georgia Segregated School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
14 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
15 41 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
16 42 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Pets
17 NEW Letters to the Inhabitants of Northumberland Joseph Priestley History
18 20 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
19 21 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
20 The Lost Island of Columbus Keith Pickering History
21 The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Juvenile Fiction
22 25 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
23 27 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
24 32 American Berserk Bill Morris History
25 31 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
26 29 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
27 37 The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping William Cook History
28 Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
29 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
30 40 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
31 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Farrell, Farley, & Knorr Biography
32 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
33 OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan Metaphysical Fiction
34 OneWay: The Message Robin McClellan Metaphysical Fiction
35 44 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
36 History of Lykens Township, Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
37 Keystone Tombstones Gettysburg Farrell, Farley, & Knorr Biography
38 35 A Second Revolution C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
39 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
40 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
41 24 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L Moore History
42 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
43 Strange Magic Cathy Jordan (editor) Short Stories
44 23 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
45 Keep Turning Right Rick Dapp Self-Help
46 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
47 48 Hairy Men in Caves Marlin Bressi History
48 13 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
49 Fireproof Moth Milo Thornberry History
50 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Biography

Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It was #1 due to brisk advance sales as the author prepares for an October release. Jim Remsen’s Embattled Freedom took #2 due to author appearances.  Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula placed #3 due to the sales of the Kindle version. Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib by Lawrence Knorr grabbed the fourth spot thanks to seasonal interest. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last slipped to #5 as it comes off of the publicity from the controversial History Channel program which drew most of its material from the book or complementary sources.

135 titles had sales this month.  Following are the leaders by imprint:

Imprint Title Author Category
Sunbury Press Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
Milford House Press Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
Brown Posey Press Strange Magic Cathy Jordan (editor) Short Stories
Hellbender Books Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
Ars Metaphysica Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
Speckled Egg Press The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Juvenile Fiction

The company released two new titles in August:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for August, 2017
The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music Biography
Letters to the Inhabitants of Northumberland Joseph Priestley History
Joseph Priestley wrote to his neighbors in the 1790s at a time when the country was politically divided …

Joseph Priestley wrote to his neighbors in the 1790s at a time when the country was politically divided …

NORTHUMBERLAND, Pa. – Sunbury Press has released the Letters to the Inhabitants of Northumberland by Joseph Priestley, edited by John L. Moore.

About the Book:

A world-famous Englishman, Dr. Joseph Priestley addressed the 12 letters in this little book to “the Inhabitants of Northumberland and its Neighborhood.” Nearly 150 miles northwest of Philadelphia, the locale was an obscure village of log houses that had grown up at the confluence of the Susquehanna River’s North and West branches.

Priestley was in his early 60s when he decided to settle there in 1794. The clergyman/scientist had originally intended to devote his sunset years to writing about theological topics and conducting scientific experiments, but controversy over his political and theological beliefs followed him from Great Britain.

He soon found himself the target of frequent and caustic attacks in newspapers throughout the United States that aligned themselves with the Federalist government and policies of President John Adams. On one occasion, when relations between the U.S. and French governments had deteriorated, Priestley was even accused to being a spy for France.

When he found himself increasingly unpopular and misunderstood by the people of his new hometown, Priestley responded by writing these letters. He explained his political and religious beliefs, but also told how, why, and when he had become an honorary citizen of France; listed the reasons why he admired the U.S. Constitution; and justified his decision not to become a U.S. citizen.

Priestley also attacked his critics, especially William Cobbett who wrote under a pen name, Peter Porcupine. “It is commonly said,” Priestley wrote, “that when much dirt is thrown, some will stick; and on this principle I suppose it is that I have been distinguished so often by my principal antagonist, Mr. Cobbett.”

In 1799 the letters were reprinted in book form by Northumberland printer Andrew Kennedy. The book consisted of two parts. Letters 1 through 7 appeared in Part I, with letters 8 through 12 in Part II. The final item in Part II was Maxims of Political Arithmetic, Applied to the Case of the United States of America, an article that Priestley had printed anonymously in 1798 in the Philadelphia Aurora, a newspaper published by Benjamin Franklin Bache, the grandson of Priestley’s old friend Ben Franklin.

Spelling, typography and punctuation have been modernized throughout the text. For instance, the character fappears throughout the original, often to represent the letter s. This practice was common during the 18th century, but has fallen into disuse. It has been eliminated in these pages.

In editing this volume of the Letters, the editor found it helpful to have a variety of online dictionaries at his fingertips, among them en.oxforddictionaries.com. That’s because Priestley, his colleagues and his critics often employed words that have fallen into disuse, among them conventicle (a secret or unlawful religious meeting); oppugn(question the truth or validity of); and sectary (a member of a religious or political sect).

The Georgian-style mansion that Priestley built overlooking the Susquehanna survives as a museum that has portraits and a statue of the man. These images make it easy to envision the elderly man sitting at his desk in the library, dipping his quill pen in an ink well, then writing these letters – slowly, deliberately – in longhand.

The Friends of the Joseph Priestley House sponsored the republication of Priestley’s book. Three members of the Friends – Deb Bernhisel, Susan Brook and Tom Bresenhan – transcribed the letters using OCR text from Google and a scan of the first edition.

About the Editor:

John L. Moore, a veteran newspaperman, said he employed a journalist’s eye for detail and ear for quotes in order to write about long-dead people in a lively way. He said his books are based on 18th and 19th century letters, journals, memoirs and transcripts of official proceedings such as interrogations, depositions and treaties.

The author is also a professional storyteller who specializes in dramatic episodes from Pennsylvania’s colonial history. Dressed in 18th century clothing, he does storytelling in the persona of “Susquehanna Jack,” a frontier ruffian. Moore is available weekdays, weekends and evenings for audiences and organizations of all types and sizes.

Moore has participated in several archaeological excavations of Native American sites. These include the Village of Nain, Bethlehem; the City Island project in Harrisburg, conducted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission during the 1990s; and a Bloomsburg University dig in 1999 at a Native American site near Nescopeck. He also took part in a 1963 excavation conducted by the New Jersey State Museum along the Delaware River north of Worthington State Forest.

Moore’s 45-year career in journalism included stints as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal; as a Harrisburg-based legislative correspondent for Ottaway News Service; as managing editor of The Sentinel at Lewistown; as editorial page editor and managing editor at The Daily Item in Sunbury; and as editor of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal in Bethlehem.

Letters to the Inhabitants of Northumberland: and its Neighborhood on Subjects Interesting to the Author and to Them

Authored by Joseph Priestley, Foreword by John L Moore

List Price: $9.99
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm) 
Black & White on Cream paper
100 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620067789
ISBN-10: 1620067781
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

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A band walks into a record store to buy some rolling papers … the next thing they know, they’re opening for Rod Stewart

A band walks into a record store to buy some rolling papers … the next thing they know, they’re opening for Rod Stewart

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sunbury Press has released the The BANG Story: From the Basement to the Bright Lights by Lawrence Knorr and Capital recording artists BANG.

About the Book:

In  the summer of 1971, BANG, a trio from the Philadelphia area, decided to take a road trip to Florida to try their fortune. While buying some rolling papers in the Sunshine State, they learned about a Small Faces and Deep Purple concert nearby in Orlando. They showed up at the venue and brazenly declared they were ready to go on stage.  The concert organizer asked them to set up and play for him. After a couple songs, he told them they were opening for Rod Stewart and Small Faces. Before they knew it, BANG was playing with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac, Ike and Tina Turner, The Doobie Brothers, and even Black Sabbath. Capitol Records signed them, and three LPs were released. Join Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken, as they recall their rapid rise to fame, playing with numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Excerpts:

“Those were the days when everything was experimental,” said Karl Richardson, the engineer. “We were looking for something more reverberant. We didn’t want BANG to sound like everybody else. In those days, records were more like paintings, than photographs. The studio was a palette, and we were always thinking about art—not just taking a picture.”

“As the raucous sounds of rock band music slammed across a broad meadow on the tree-lined peninsula, hundreds of youths openly smoked marijuana and drank beer and wine. Some of the drug-sickened youths had injected directly into their bloodstreams bleach crystals they had purchased at the festival site in the belief they were amphetamines. Medical personnel were treating youths suffering drug overdoses on the average of one every five minutes. A man, about 30, stood on the platform for several hours warning fans that the ‘green and blue acid is bad—but the sugar cubes are good.’”  — account from the Erie Canal “Soda” Pop Festival

OZZY Cheesesteak anecdote …
ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 1972, BANG was back in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to play with Black Sabbath, who was in the midst of their Master of Reality Tour. Wild Turkey was to open this evening, followed by the boys from Philly.
That afternoon, the band was hanging out with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath. They offered to introduce them to cheesesteaks, having discovered a sandwich shop in town that was attempting to replicate their favorite Philadelphia cuisine.
“I’ve never had a bloody cheesesteak,” admitted Ozzy.
And so BANG introduced the Prince of Darkness to the delicacy. After chomping on a few bites, he asked, “I have another question for you. What do the fans mean when they are making the “V” signs with their fingers? For our Churchill, it meant victory.”
“To them it means one of two things,” answered Frankie. “It either means peace or boogie.”
After that, Ozzy would often be seen on stage flashing dual V-signs to all of his audiences, as captured on the cover of their next album Vol. 4.

The BANG Story: From the Basement to the Bright Lights
Written by Lawrence Knorr, Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken

List Price: $19.95

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1620065827

ISBN-13: 978-1620065822

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches

MUS035000 Music : Genres & Styles – Rock
BIO004000 Biography & Autobiography : Composers & Musicians – General
MUS019000 Music : Genres & Styles – Heavy Metal

Coming soon on Kindle

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http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-BANG-Story-9781620065822.htm