Donehoo's Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania is a must-have reference

HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released a new edition of Dr. George P. Donehoo’s classic 1928 work Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania.

ivapnip_fcAbout the Book:
Originally published in 1928 by The Telegraph Press as A History of the Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania with Numerous Historical Notes and References

This book, Dr. George P. Donehoo’s Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania, was written and published in the early 20th century. That was a time when Americans were just beginning to become enthusiastic fans of much that was, or seemed to be, related to Native Americans. That was a time when Americans romanticized about the people who lived here before the Europeans and others arrived. During the time that Dr. Donehoo was creating this informative book, Americans couldn’t get enough of the popularized images of Indians. Books, paintings, songs and movies delivered exciting images of Native American life.

Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania is a valuable reference book for anyone, student or other, who wants to learn more about the land’s inhabitants before it ever became “Penn’s Woods.” Although first published in 1928, it was reprinted in 1977. Now it is being reprinted again. The need for this reprint comes from Dr. Donehoo’s translations of the hundreds of Native American names that appear across the commonwealth. We must accept a sorry fact: Pennsylvania’s Native American population is almost totally gone from the commonwealth. In addition, the main things that they left behind might be their countless arrowheads and their hundreds of Native American place names. While not all citizens of the Keystone State are interested in our state’s Indian heritage, all should be aware of it.

The author, Dr. George P. Donehoo, was a scholar who studied many aspects of Native American culture. At the time that he was studying and writing, there had been very little archaeology to support his work; yet Dr. Donehoo was able to explain much about the Native Americans’ several languages, their sweeping historical events and the many important historical sources on which he based his information. Above all, Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania explains the meanings of hundreds of Indian names–from Achsinning (Standing Stone) to Zinachson (Demon’s Den) that still appear throughout our commonwealth. Although most Native Americans and their culture have vanished from Pennsylvania, their colorful place names are a permanent reminder of their once-vibrant presence. Because Dr. George P. Donehoo was so diligent and conscientious in his work, this book explains those fascinating names. For the many readers who do appreciate our Native American heritage, this book will continue to be a welcome addition to their libraries. The reader will soon realize why Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania is a marvelous reference work.

Excerpt:
MAHANOY, MAHONING, MAHONY.
A name that is much used over the entire state, chiefly as a name of various creeks and runs, but also as a village and town name, with various compounds. Is a corruption of Mahoni, “a lick,” and with the locative, ink, or ing, “at the lick,” having reference to the “licks” which were frequented by deer, elk, and other animals. The principal streams having the name are; the stream, now called Mahoning, which enters the Lehigh River from the south, opposite Weissport, Carbon County; the creek that enters the Susquehanna from the east in Northumberland County, now called Mahanoy; the creek that enters the Allegheny River, from the east in Armstrong County, formerly called Mohulbucteetam (which see); the stream that enters the Beaver from the west, at Lawrence Junction, Lawrence County, called Mahoning River; the stream, now called Penns Creek, which enters the Susquehanna, from the west, at Selinsgrove, was formerly called Big Mahonoy, or Mahony. There are several other smaller streams in various parts of the state, which have the same name, with various modifications.

Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania: with Numerous Historical Notes and References
Authored by Dr. George P. Donehoo, Foreword by Guy Graybill, Introduction by Warren K. Moorehead
List Price: $24.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
480 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065228
ISBN-10: 1620065223
BISAC: History / Native American

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Graybill makes a strong case for Italian music mastery

PHILADELPHIA — Sunbury Press has released Guy Graybill’s history of Italian music “BRAVO!”

bravo_pubAbout the Book:
The Italians were so busy creating and performing superb music that they neglected to tell the great epic story of their wondrous achievement. With BRAVO! we hope to tell that story. The 1,000-year-old story begins, basically, with the work of a humble monk from the city of Arezzo. And this story has no ending. If on one hand we will never know the music of the Egyptians, of the Greeks, and of the Romans, we have come know the music of every composer from the 12th Century to the present day, thanks to Guido s invention of the musical scale. As the story unfolds, we are rewarded with the many convincing superlatives forever tied to Italian musical endeavors. The first ten chapters deal with the Italian musical geniuses who theorized, made superb instruments, composed, performed, orchestrated, conducted and sang for the enjoyment of listeners worldwide. The closing chapter gives a comprehensive look at the beautiful things that have happened in the Italian and American world of music. Each page of BRAVO! is full of surprising and fascinating details, and the title reminds us that the term, BRAVO!, is reserved only for topnotch performances.

Bravo!: The Case for Italian Musical Mastery

Authored by Guy Graybill

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
236 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062081
ISBN-10: 1620062089
BISAC: Music / History & Criticism

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Bravo-9781620062081.htm

Guy Graybill's "Whimsy and Wry" is chock full of wit and wisdom…

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released best-selling author Guy Graybill’s essay, poetry and novella compilation “Whimsy and Wry.”

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“This is the best thing to happen to Middleburg since they changed the name from Swinefordstettle…”   — E Z Mulcahey, local resident and tavern frequenter

“Every commode in Snyder County should have a copy, ready for those tenuous moments when one needs a little help… heck, Graybill’s puns might work better than sauerkraut…”  — “Dutch” Swineford, Kreamer, PA

From the Publisher:
“… an entertaining compilation akin to Garrison Keillor, but without the prairie…”

About the Book:
A number of Guy Graybill’s poems have been published in periodicals. But, it took the publication of a state (Pennsylvania) history, a moonshiner’s biography, a history of Italian music and a book of Russian folk tales before his poems (along with some commentary and an original novella) finally saw print in this newest volume of his writings, “Whimsy and Wry.”

Guy Graybill, a self-styled ‘rustic’, is a graduate of Gettysburg College, who has enjoyed university-level study at Temple, Penn State, Puget Sound, Bucknell and Georgetown. He has been president of his county historical society and chairman of his county’s board of commissioners. In both 2000 and 2001 he was listed in “Who’s Who in America.”

His earlier books reflect Graybill’s dedication to ‘clarity for the common reader’. Although this book displays considerable subtlety and wry humor, the reader will find nothing obscure or overly complex. The author discusses a fascinating range of subjects, from war and wordplay to prostitution and prejudice; all with humor and clarity. Several of his poems also reveal his closeness to his family: his wife, their four grown children and their families.

For the book-lover who enjoys loaning good books, Whimsy and Wry will be a joy to read and to share with friends. Sunbury Press is proud to have another Graybill original in our growing catalog of fine writing.

Whimsy and Wry
Authored by Guy Graybill
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
264 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062227
ISBN-10: 1620062224
BISAC: Humor / General

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Whimsy-and-Wry-978162006…

Soon to be available on Kindle and Nook

2011 bestsellers for Sunbury Press – Prince Farrington reigns again!

Camp Hill, PA – Sunbury Press has released its 2011 bestseller list. Nonfiction performed well in print while fiction took all ten eBook spots. The company continues to experience incredible success thanks to its new business model, growing nearly three-fold since 2010. The company released 67 titles in 2011.

The best-selling book, in print, for 2011 was actually released in 2010 – and was the best-selling book for the company last year. Guy Graybill’s Prohibition’s Prince continues to sell well, thanks to renewed interest created by it’s sequel – and #2 book of the year Prince and the Paupers. Both books were elevated by very strong demand from independent bookstores in the I-80 corridor – home to the late Prince Farrington and his moonshine empire.

Third place went to Milo Thornberry’s Fireproof Moth, an international sensation and first international rights deal for the company.

Beagle Tales by Bob Ford and Micro-Distilleries in the US and Canada – 2011 Edition by David Reimer took the next two spots. Both are initial volumes in what we all hope are long-running series.

Sixth place went to James Campbell’s The Holiness of Water, a Christian polemic about the meaning of water to the Christian faith. This was juxtaposed with our seventh best-seller, Messages from Beyond, a new age book by medium Michele Livingston.

The Final Charge, a revisionist Civil War novel by Charles K (Ken) Godfrey was the only fiction book among the top ten print books.

Carolyn Perry’s heart-rending account of staying with her cancer-patient husband in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and The Joe’s (Farrell and Farley) first volume of their Keystone Tombstones series about famous people buried in Pennsylvania, rounded out the top ten print books.

Fiction books took all top ten spots of the eBook list. The list was heavily influenced by Christmas promotions late in the year, therefor matching December’s bestseller list.

Ken Newman’s tongue-in-cheek action-adventure reminiscent of other super hero yarns such as Kill Bill and Hell Boy led all eBook downloads on the strength of strong Kindle sales and a Christmas Day free download promotion.

Bob Wood’s western novel Sage, a yarn about a 19th century half-blood who rises to importance, nabbed #2 in eBooks.

Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man, William Lee’s Home is a Long Time Ago, Raymond Ray’s All Aboard for Murder, T. Anderson’s MONAD 12.21.12, Duane Feagley’s Black Emeralds, Scott Gerber’s Mr. Justice, L. D. Knorr’s The Leviticus Mission, and Robert Broomall’s Murder in the Seventh Cavalry rounded out the top 10 downloads.

For the second year in a row, Guy Graybill was named Sunbury Press Author of the Year for 2011. Guy took the top two spots in the bestseller rankings with his books about Prince Farrington.

Paupers pubAbout Prince and the Paupers:

Author and historian Guy Graybill continues the entertaining tale of one of America’s most prolific moonshiners and bootleggers, Prince David Farrington, who plied his trade through the early to mid 20th century. Graybill follows Farrington from his roots in Guilford County, North Carolina to Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, detailing the decades of illicit activity along the way. Farrington amassed a large fortune. His exploits remain legendary to this day. Relive the rollicking life of Prohibition’s Prince, as Graybill presents numerous tales, legends, testimonials, news accounts, and still locations. This volume includes numerous pages of vintage photographs and is indexed.

Prince and the Paupers: The companion volume to Prohibition’s Prince

Authored by Guy Graybill
List Price: $14.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
156 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597798
ISBN-10: 1934597791
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/searchquick-submit.sc?keywords=paupers
Charles “Ken” Godfrey was named Sunbury Press Fiction Author of the Year for 2011 due to the success of his revisionist historical fantasy The Final Charge.
front cover pubAbout  The Final Charge:
It was supposed to be a weekend of fun for Mike and his two friends, Ray and Gordon, at the 150th reenactment of Gettysburg. But when they explore an old barn, they are inadvertently sent back in time to the actual battle of Gettysburg.

Thus begins a nightmarish quest to survive and find a way back to the present. Mike and his friends soon discover they are on the enemy’s
front lines and are rounded up to participate in what will become known as Pickett’s Charge–one of the most disastrous infantry charges in the history of warfare. Will they survive? Will they ever get back to the 21st century, or will they forever be reenactors banished to their beloved past?

The Final Charge

 Authored by Charles Godfrey
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
208 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597415
ISBN-10: 1934597414
BISAC: Fiction / Alternative History
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Final-Charge-9781934597415.htm
Authors Joe Farrell and Joe Farley were named Sunbury Press Emerging Authors for 2011. “The Joes,” as they are known, authored the first volume of the Keystone Tombstones series. Several other volumes are planned.
kt_pubAbout Keystone Tombstones Volume One:

Famous Graves Found in Pennsylvania Joe Farrell and Joe Farley explore the cemeteries (and pubs) of Pennsylvania in search of interesting graves and stories about the interred. Included in this volume:

  • William Law Anderson “Golf’s Forgotten Legend”
  • James Buchanan “Pennsylvania’s Only President”
  • Pearl Buck “The Good Earth”
  •  John Burns “The Hero of Gettysburg”
  • Simon Cameron “Pennsylvania’s Political Kingmaker”
  • James Crowley & Harry Stuhldreher “Half the Horsemen”
  • Congressman Dan Flood “Dapper Dan”
  • Benjamin Franklin “The First American”
  • John White Geary “An American Success Story Few Have Heard”
  • Frank Gorshin “What Does It All Mean?”
  • Zane Grey “Rider of the Purple Sage”
  • Harry Norbert Kalas “That Ball’s Outta Here!”
  • Mary Jo Kopechne “What If?”
  • David L. Lawrence “Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Man”
  • Lincoln Colored Cemetery “Gone But Not Forgotten”
  • Connie Mack “The Tall Tactician”
  • Jayne Mansfield “The Blonde Bombshell”
  • Vance Criswell McCormick “A Harrisburg Hero”
  • George Meade “The Old Snapping Turtle”
  • Thomas Mifflin “A Pennsylvania Patriot”
  • The Molly Maguires, Black Jack Kehoe and Franklin Gowen
  • Gifford Pinchot “Pennsylvania’s Forester”
  • Bob Prince & Myron Cope “The Voices of Pittsburgh”
  • General John Fulton Reynolds “A True American Hero”
  • Frank Rizzo “The Cop That Would Be King”
  • Jim Thorpe “The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century”
  • Bill Tilden “Big Bill”
  • Ginne Wade “A Tragic Love Story”
  • Andy Warhol “The Pope of Pop”
  • Fred Waring “The Man Who Taught America How to Sing”

… and some very Unusual Tombstones

Keystone Tombstones: Volume One

Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
196 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597675
ISBN-10: 1934597678
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Keystone-Tombstones-Volume-One-9781934597675.htm
SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for 2011 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill History / Biography
2 Prince and the Paupers Guy Graybill History / Biography
3 Micro Distilleries in the US & Canada: 2011 Edition David Reimer Reference
4 Fireproof Moth: A Missionary in Taiwan’s White Terror Milo Thornberry History / Memoir
5 Beagle Tales Bob Ford Pets / Humor
6 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
7 The Final Charge Charles “Ken” Godfrey Historical Fiction
8 The Holiness of Water James Campbell Christian
9 For Better, For Worse Carolyn Perry History / Memoir
10 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley History / Biography

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

  • History / Memoir – Prohibition’s Prince: America’s Millionaire Moonshiner by Guy Graybill
  • Fiction  – Final Charge by Charles Godfrey
  • Poetry – Roadman by Stefan May
  • Childrens – Over the Sea by Joanne Risso
  • The Arts – My Eye on the Philadelphia Mummers by Mary Gallagher Stout
  • Self-Help – A Young Adult’s Guide to Safety in the Digital Age by Jeff Sechler
  • Pets / Humor  – Beagle Tales by Bob Ford
  • Christian  – The Holiness of Water by James Campbell 
  • Metaphysical – Messages from Beyond by Michele Livingston
  • Reference – Micro-Distilleries of the US and Canada – 2011 Edition by David Reimer

Guy Graybill is Prince! Sunbury Press Book Awards for 2010

Lemoyne, PA – Sunbury Press, Inc. has released its bestseller list for the year 2010. Sales, year over year, have quintupled. The company released 38 new books during the year, and signed 23 new authors. The History category performed best, notching 4 of the top 6 spots, and 5 of the top 10. Five new releases are slated for this January.

Prohibition’s Prince: The Bizarre Life of America’s Millionaire Moonshiner, a recently  released biography by Guy Graybill about Prince Farrington, a famous bootlegger from the early 20th century, was the company’s best-selling book for the year, followed by the company’s top-selling book all-time – Chris Femwick’s the 100th human – a metaphysical tale about the ‘end of days’ of the Mayan calendar, December 21, 2012.

Guy Graybill, the author of Prohibition’s Prince, was named Author of the Year for 2010 by Sunbury Press.  The book was by far and away the bestselling book for the trade publisher based in Lemoyne, on the west shore of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

3492663 pubAbout Prohibition’s Prince:

Author and historian Guy Graybill presents the entertaining tale of one of America’s most prolific moonshiners and bootleggers, Prince David Farrington, who plied his trade through the early to mid 20th century. Graybill follows Farrington from his roots in Guilford County, North Carolina to Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, detailing the decades of illicit activity along the way. Farrington amassed a large fortune. His exploits remain legendary to this day. Relive the rollicking life of Prohibition’s Prince, as Graybill presents numerous tales, legends, testimonials, news accounts, and still locations. This volume includes 44 pages of vintage photographs and is indexed.

Prohibition’s Prince: The Bizarre Life of America’s Millionaire Moonshiner

Authored by Guy Graybill
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
284 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597200
ISBN-10: 1934597201
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Prohibitions-Prince-9781934597200.htm

Chris Fenwick won Fiction Author of the Year for 2010 for her novel The 100th Human, which continued to sell well in its fourth year since issue. At one point in recent years, the novel led all others in the visionary fiction category on Amazon.

945956About the 100th Human:

December 2012 – The final day of the 5000 year old Mayan calendar nears. The world is in turmoil – as wars and international tensions continue. People everywhere seem lost in the complications of day to day struggles – poverty – misfortune – anger and greed. A small team of scientists have uncovered a riddle concerning this “End of Days”. As they reveal the symbolic meaning of the riddle, their serendipitous mission is discovered by the Ancient Fraternity of the Veni Victus – determined to thwart such revelations. These two powers – of good and evil – converge. Only the spirits of the ancients know the outcome. The 100th Human is a spiritual quest delving deeply into matters of physics, metaphysics, evolution and the human condition. Join Jack, Apu and Alana as they race against time searching for those who can assist in revealing the mystery of the ancient symbols – before time literally runs out.

The 100th Human

Authored by Chris Fenwick
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.; 1 edition (June 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976092557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976092551
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
For more information, please see:
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Author Thomas Malafarina was named Sunbury Press Emerging Author of Year for 2010. Thomas writes in the horror / thriller category, and debuted with three books this past year: 99 Souls, Burn Phone, and 13 Nasty Endings. While none of them made the top 10 bestsellers for the year, prior to 2010, the 100th Human was the company’s only work of fiction.
About his latest novel, Burn Phone:
3471160Charles Wilson, a traveling businessman in search of a prepaid cellular phone stumbles into a strange store where he is presented with a hideous phone that he discovers can open a portal to Hell, summoning demonic creatures to do his every bidding.
What is the origin of this device? Why was Wilson chosen to be the “Keeper of the Phone”? How will this newfound power affect Wilson? This is story of power, psychological terror, demonic temptations, and human greed.
This is Thomas M. Malafarina’s second full length for Sunbury press. He has also written the novel “Ninety-Nine Souls” and the short story collection called “Thirteen Nasty Endings” both published through Sunbury Press.
“Burn Phone” has plenty of suspense, terror, surprises and just enough gut wrenching gore to keep the author satisfied.
Burn Phone

Authored by Thomas M Malafarina
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
212 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1934597095
ISBN-10: 1934597090
BISAC: Fiction / Horror
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Burn-Phone-9781934597095.htm
Following is a list of all of the bestsellers for 2010:
SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for 2010 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill History / Biography
2 Art by Ione: Recent Works by Ione Citrin Baron Wertheimer Art
3 The Trevorton, Mahanoy, and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
4 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely: Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr History / Biography
5 REAL Life Drawing: My Eye on Washington, D.C. Mary Gallagher Stout Art
6 The 100th Human Chris Fenwick Visionary Fiction
7 The German and Welsh Origins of the Charles and Lottie Fetterolf Family Steve Troutman History / Biography
8 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch Max Klinger History / Biography
9 Letters from Bill Gloria O’Donnell History / Biography
10 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History

Following are the top sellers by category:
History / Genealogy – “Prohibition’s Prince” by Guy Graybill
Fiction / Poetry – “the 100th Human” by Chris Fenwick
Children’s – “The Mouse with the Broken Tail” by Dan Shutters
The Arts – “Art by Ione” by Ione Citrin
Self-Help – “A Young Adult’s Guide to Safety in the Digital Age” by Jeff Sechler