Saint Gabriel’s basketball recalled by Joe Farley in new book “Trumpet Call to Victory”

Saint Gabriel’s basketball recalled by Joe Farley in new book “Trumpet Call to Victory”

HAZLETON, PA – Sunbury Press has released Trumpet Call to Victory: The Final Years of Hazleton Saint Gabriel’s Basketball by Joe Farley.

About the Book:

In the spirit of the movie HoosiersTrumpet Call to Victory tells the story of a small parochial high school located in the Pennsylvania coalfields that reached the summit of basketball glory in the late 1960s. Glorious victories and heartbreaking defeats are chronicled on Saint Gabriel’s path to capturing multiple state championships. Unsung heroes and scholastic superstars take center stage during what, in the last five years of the school’s existence, can only be described as a ‘golden age.’ The feats of the greatest player in the region’s history are chronicled as is the beginning of a career for a coach who arranged to have a young Bobby Knight address his state championship team at the school’s sports banquet. That coach, Richard “Digger” Phelps, recently recalled his first head coaching job in a tweet which read, “St. Gabes was my first step to ND. They made it happen.”


JOE FARLEY was born and raised in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the last class to graduate from Hazleton Saint Gabriel’s High School where he demonstrated his academic prowess by graduating thirty-seventh in his class of forty. While attending Saint Gabriel’s, Mr. Farley was the starting point guard on the school’s 1970 state championship basketball team. He then attended Bloomsburg State University where, after four dimly remembered years, he graduated with a degree in education.

In 1975 Mr. Farley began a 35-year career working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. After his retirement in 2010, he began work on the Keystone Tombstone series with his co-author Joe Farrell. To date, there are thirteen volumes in that series. Farley and Farrell also authored Gotham Graves volumes one and two. Mr. Farley also penned Song Poems in Search of Music, which was released in 2014.

He and his wife Sharon reside in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. They have three children.

by Joe Farley
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
336 Pages
HISTORY / US History / Mid-Atlantic

Also available on Kindle

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Biography of the Merchant Princess of Harrisburg now available

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess, Barbara Trainin Blank’s biography of the Harrisburg apparel retailer.

msmp_fcAt a time when women rarely went into business for themselves, Mary Sachs, an immigrant from a poor family with little formal education, became perhaps the most successful entrepreneur in her adopted city of Harrisburg, Pa., and beyond. She opened her first retail store in Harrisburg, selling upscale women’s clothing in 1918, but expanded it to include several departments. Stores in Lancaster and Reading followed. Known as the “Merchant Princess,” she revolutionized retailing, by setting customers up in individual booths and bringing clothes to them.

But Sachs also won accolades for her charitable works, earning a second moniker as the “Princess of Philanthropy.” She was most active in the Jewish Community Center of Harrisburg and other Jewish organizations but donated ecumenically to serve many causes. Eleanor Roosevelt, a personal friend, declared that “few can ever match” her generosity.

Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess
Authored by Barbara Trainin Blank
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
118 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066454
ISBN-10: 1620066459
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography : Women
Biography & Autobiography : Business
Biography & Autobiography : Rich & Famous

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Entrepreneurs discover renewable energy source in Horace Taylor's new novel "The Machine"

tm_fcCHICAGO — Sunbury Press has released Horace Taylor’s novel “The Machine,” about an African American entrepreneur who teams up to invent a new machine that produces renewable energy.

About the Book:
The Machine is a chronicle that utilizes the whirling, kinetic setting of neighborhood, mindset, aspirations, and creative possibilities of 1960s Black America. During a turbulent ten year period graphic artist, Vernon James becomes involved in building a successful research and development company with five other businessmen. Through much effort and inspiration they develop an amazing machine and revolutionary energy source. As the partners endeavor to perfect and market their products strange things began to happen. They struggle and maneuver to survive.

About the Author:
Horace J. Taylor, a graphic designer and illustrator, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives a life of art participation and appreciation. Horace enjoys creative writing and expressing himself in words and sentences. His book, The Machine, is his first published work.

The Machine

Authored by Horace J. Taylor

List Price: $16.95

5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
216 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063828
ISBN-10: 1620063824
BISAC: Fiction / African American / Urban Life

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Fred Burton's first novel "The Old Songs" is based in Queens in the 1950s & 1960s

QUEENS, NY – Sunbury Press has released Fred Burton’s first novel “The Old Songs” about life in Queens in the 1950s and 1960s.

tos_fcAbout the book:
“The Old Songs” takes place in Queens, N.Y. during the 1950s and 1960s. The members of the extended family you meet have been shaped by The Depression and World War II. In response to these traumatic events they are drawn together into gatherings that are fun-loving and raucous.

It is not long before a tragic event occurs, taking two of the main characters from them. Those left behind struggle to maintain the things that keep them bound to each other, and shun attitudes and ideas that run counter to them. But evidence mounts that events cannot be managed and controlled as easily as they had expected. Their rigid orthodoxy is tested when they consider the poor treatment that had been directed towards those no longer among them.

The title captures an essential theme of the book. The first chapter occurs at a family party. The petty conflicts are undone by the singing of songs and you sense the rich heritage this represents. Later, they sing in a restaurant and it becomes painfully clear how the world has passed them by. The concluding chapter has the larger group reassembled for perhaps the final time. The singing begins and feelings of hurt and alienation are met with a counter-force that suggests that beauty can be found even in difficult situations.

There are no heroes in this book but truth can be found in the fabric of their shared experience, each strand of which struggles for connection. Their love for each other battles against the crises that have shaped their lives. They are poorly equipped for looking inside themselves because of a morality that scorns analysis of this kind. Despite these obstacles each is given a chance to learn how to forgive, both themselves and each other, and those who grow in this way secure some measure of peace in their lives.

The Old Songs
Authored by Fred Burton
List Price: $16.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
220 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062913
ISBN-10: 1620062917
BISAC: Fiction / Literary

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