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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Wade Fowler’s The Honey Trap, the latest Rev Polk Mystery set in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

About the Book:
Investigative reporter Revere Polk of the Daily Telegraph is stunned when Pennsylvania Governor Casey Lawrence, a liberal Democrat, suddenly reverses course and decides to back the privatization of the state lottery, a proposal of the far right.

When a colleague is murdered while investigating whether the governor is being blackmailed, Polk picks up the gauntlet. Catastrophes pile up like a chain-reaction accident on Interstate 95.

Polk narrowly survives a bomb targeting a topless dancer alleged to be sleeping with the governor.

His National Guard unit is called to service in Afghanistan.

And his live-in girl friend, New Cumberland Chief of Police Olivia Pearson, announces she is pregnant.

Meanwhile, Polk is paralyzed by the certainty that he is not alone within his own skin. His great granduncle, Jake Addison, speaks to him from within. Jake, a notorious and profane naval aviator, died forty years ago.

Is Rev crazy, or is he Jake Addison reincarnate?

The answer is ensnared in The Honey Trap.

About the Author:
Wade Fowler is a career journalist with more than thirty years of experience with daily and weekly newspapers. He was a copy editor, feature writer and beat reporter for The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, PA, for 10 years before leaving to become editor of the Perry County Times in New Bloomfield.

He has won Keystone Press Awards for investigative reporting, feature series writing, and headline writing and is a former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Fowler is a native of North Carolina, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
He and his wife, Sharon, live in New Cumberland, PA. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Excerpt:
2:30 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2012, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
“Why are you here?”
“Now there’s a deep question,” Revere Polk said. “I’ve asked God, and he hasn’t gotten back to me on that one yet.”
Henrietta Winslow laughed. “This is going to be fun.”
“What?”
“Cracking you open like a walnut.”
“I’m already cracked.”
She laughed again.
They were seated across from each other in comfortable armchairs positioned on the wide side of a five-by-seven foot faux oriental carpet, the centerpiece of a conversation nook in Dr. Winslow’s office.
“Talk to me,” she said.
“I’m dreaming.”
“Nothing unusual about that. In fact, it’s healthy.”
“These dreams aren’t. They belong to someone else.”
“What makes you think that?”
He shook his head. “It’s just when I wake up, it seems like I’ve been . . . I don’t know, violated somehow.”
“What wakes you up?”
Rev lied: “I don’t know.”
Winslow stroked her chin. “If you can’t be honest with me this intervention isn’t going to work. You’re at a crossroads here. Choose your path carefully.”
“That sounds like a warning.”
“Nope. Just friendly advice.”
Rev shuddered. “OK. Here it is. I’ve been having dreams of flying.”
“Like Icarus?”
Rev caught the allusion. “No. I’m not sprouting wings. I’m at the controls of an airplane—a PBY Catalina.”
“What’s that?”

The Honey Trap: A Rev Polk Mystery
Authored by Wade Fowler
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
306 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066812
ISBN-10: 1620066815
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

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kcc_fcHARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal, Brad Bumsted’s latest compilation of Pennsylvania state government malfeasance.

About the Book:
Once again, a crime wave swept through Pennsylvania state government. During a 17-month period from early 2015 through mid-2016,  a sitting state treasurer, and a former state treasurer, both statewide elected officials who were guardians of taxpayers’ money, were charged with crimes, as was an ex-Governor’s chief of staff and the attorney general, the state’s chief law enforcement officer. It was preceded by a sting investigation that resulted in state legislators videotaped taking cash from an undercover operative posing as a lobbyist and an alleged pay to play scheme at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Porn and off-color emails  on government computers took out two Supreme Court justices. It’s all in Brad Bumsted’s latest book: Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal.

Contents:
Foreword by John Baer
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Sting
1. Lost Opportunity
2. Turnpike Scandal
3. “I’m Your Guy”
4. Business As Usual
5. “Make Work” and Big Bucks
6. “I Am the Fucking Senator”
7. An Ivy League Shakedown
8. “Not Prosecutable”
9. The Sprague Threat
10. “I Am An Attorney”
11. The Sandusky Report
12. Seth
13. The Lex Street Massacre
14. The Very Questionable Accident
15. “Happy Birthday Ron Waters”
16. Bizarre 24 Hours
17. Difficult to Manage
18. “Political Peep Show”
19. “Unholy Mess”
20. Risa
21. The Cartels
22. The Supremes
23. Porn Warfare
24. Citizen Kane?
25. LCB’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Culture
26. The Final Sting
27. In the Final Analysis
Epilogue by R.B. Swift
Reflections by Franklin Kury

bradbumstedAbout the Author:
Brad Bumsted is a prominent journalist in Pennsylvania, working for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is noted for writing “reform minded stories” about the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

In 2005, he was named one of “Pennsylvania’s Most Influential Reporters” by the Pennsylvania political news website PoliticsPA. In 2008, the political website PolitickerPA.com named him one of the “Most Powerful Political Reporters” in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Report named him to the 2009 “The Pennsylvania Report 100” list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics and described him as a “mainstay in the halls of the capitol.”

Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal
Authored by Brad Bumsted
List Price: $17.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
278 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066935
ISBN-10: 1620066939
BISAC: Political Science / Government / State & Provincial

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http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Keystone-Corruption-Cont…

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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)
Hardcover
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

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Mary-Sachs-Merchant-Prin…

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HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Capital Murder: An investigative reporter’s hunt for answers in a collapsing city, Chris Papst’s expose of the recent financial troubles in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the state capital.

cm_fcAbout the Book:
Every city in America is unique. Each has its own instructive tale of success and failure. What makes Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s story most valuable lies not in its life but in its death – and in the actions of those who killed it.

In late 2011, Harrisburg became the first – and only – capital city in American history to file for bankruptcy. For four years, investigative reporter Chris Papst provided award-winning coverage of this unprecedented financial collapse. Now, he has authored a book sharing his experiences while detailing what went wrong.

Excerpt:
In two-and-a-half years, I filed more than 200 reports on Harrisburg’s financial collapse and the hapless residents it affected. Nearly every day something news-worthy happened—and little of it good.

Yet, despite my built-in safeguards, the abhorrent nature of Harrisburg’s demise eventually wore on my psyche. After hundreds of depressing reports, day-after-day, I started to break. This was where I worked. This was my home state’s capital city. I had friends who lived and raised families here. I wanted Harrisburg to win. But it seemed impossible.

People were made massively wealthy issuing the bond deals that capsized Harrisburg. But every day at 4:00, I watched as the protagonists whoallowed it to happen hopped in their foreign sports sedans and fled town. They left behind a broke and broken city, and not one person was heldaccountable. No arrests. No charges.No indictments. No restitution. The city was financially dead, but apparently no one killed it.

For the longest time, I couldn’t understand how a city could have been so financially raped. How could the residents allow it to happen? More importantly, how could the media allow it to happen? In a democracy, where everyone has the right to free speech, and the right to assemble and petition, how is this possible? It took me years to truly understand. And once I finally did, I found it necessary to write this book.  — Chris Papst

bio_1About the Author
Chris Papst
is a multiple Emmy-award winning investigative reporter whose work has initiated changes in law and sparked criminal investigations. He currently works at ABC 7/WJLA in Washington, DC.

Capital Murder
Authored by Chris Papst
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 244 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620065916
ISBN-13: 978-1620065914
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
BISAC: Government / State & Local / Pennsylvania

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http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Capital-Murder-978162006…. (http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-B-Team-9781620065952…)

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HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community presented by Friends of the Bethel Trail.

About the Book:

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisburg, 1835 – 2015

atbt_fc smThroughout its history, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisburg has been a critical link in the chain of places, people, and events that bind and strengthen Pennsylvania’s quest for equity, parity, and social justice. Along the Bethel Trail is an anthology of articles by area authors, scholars and humanists that guides readers through the history of this resilient congregation in relationship to the legacy and impact on the community that it serves. Each contributing author writes of a specific historical period and geographic site where the church was located. From that vantage point, the authors explore the social and civic engagement of the congregation and its leadership in time and place, as the church and surrounding communities were continuously uprooted to make room for the expanding state capitol complex. Together their articles frame the impact of the church and congregation on the development of Harrisburg’s diverse community. The combined articles also articulate the struggle of Harrisburg’s African-American community for economic development, sustainability, and a sense of place over the past 180 years.

The anthology of articles supports the eight paneled interpretive signage and self-guided experience along Harrisburg’s Bethel Trail. Discover the location of Bethel’s first church at the current Amtrak station, key 19thcentury sites at Harrisburg’s Forum, Fountain, and Justice buildings along Commonwealth Ave, its 20th century site at 6th and Herr and Bethel’s current 21st century home in midtowns at 1721 N.5th street.

Along the Bethel Trail: The Journey of an African American Faith Community
Authored by Lenwood O. Sloan, Nancy Mendes, and Michael L. Barton
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 60 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162006586X
ISBN-13: 978-1620065860
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
BISAC: History / African American

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kstssv_fcHARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones Susquehanna Valley by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

About the Book:
Biographies of famous people buried in the Susquehanna Valley are the focus of this localized edition of the Keystone Tombstones. Farrell and Farley have combed Central Pennsylvania to bring you the most entertaining tales about interesting people buried in Pennsylvania. Included in this volume:

Adams County

  • John Burns
  • Gettysburg National Cemetery
  • Amos Humiston
  • Eddie Plank
  • Ginnie Wade

Berks County

  • Joe Toye
  • John Updike

Cumberland County

  • Babes in the Woods
  • Lincoln Colored Cemetery
  • Molly Pitcher

Centre County

  • Andrew Gregg Curtin
  • Joe Paterno

Dauphin County

  • Simon Cameron
  • John White Geary
  • Milton Hershey
  • Vance Criswell McCormick

Franklin County

  • Nellie Fox

Lancaster County

  • James Buchanan
  • Robert Hess
  • Thomas Mifflin
  • John Fulton Reynolds
  • Thaddeus Stevens
  • General John Sutter
  • Dick Winters
  • Zion Hill Cemetery

Lycoming County

  • Carl Stotz

Perry County

  • Billie Cox

Union County

  • Christy Mathewson

York County

  • William Franklin
  • Philip Livingston

Keystone Tombstones Susquehanna Valley: Biographies of Famous People Buried in Pennsylvania
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $16.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
202 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065556
ISBN-10: 162006555X
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Rich & Famous

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Keystone-Tombstones-Susq…

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HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Carrie Wissler Thomas’s As the Paint Dries: The History of the Art Association of Harrisburg. The author is the association’s president.

atpd_fc_3About the Book:
This history of the Art Association of Harrisburg is both a factual accounting of the story of the region’s most venerable fine arts organization, and also an often-amusing romp through the personal reminiscences of author Carrie Wissler-Thomas. The Art Association was founded by cultured civic leaders who were passionate about the visual arts, and it has continued to survive and prosper throughout eight decades due to the dedication and support of both artists and committed patrons. The history of The Art Association in many ways mirrors the history of Harrisburg, reflecting the vicissitudes of the City’s economy and development, the Renaissance of the 1980s and ‘90s, the construction of the Hilton and other prominent downtown buildings, the re-development of Reservoir Park, and the emergence of Restaurant Row. The Art Association was founded during the heyday of The City Beautiful Movement, and like The Harrisburg Symphony and Theatre Harrisburg, the organization continues to provide cultural enjoyment and opportunities for art-lovers and practitioners of all ilks.

As the Paint Dries is a phrase coined by the author’s husband Scott Thomas as the humourous title of the on-going AAH daily soap-opera. The Art Association of Harrisburg is a family, a reality show, a visual feast and a very human comedy. The AAH story is a rich tapestry, filled with serious episodes  punctuated by incredible-but-true anecdotes. Most of all, the AAH story is the story of the people who have made it what it is today, and who continue to guide it into the future.

"Lady in Black" by Lavery

Excerpt:
(From the chapter AAH Exhibitions Through the Early Years: 1926-1954) … As has been noted in the section of this book on the early origins of The Art Association of Harrisburg, Homer St.Gaudens, director of the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, was instrumental in the creation of the organization. Even after the charter had been accepted and the Articles of Incorporation finalized, Mr. St. Gaudens retained his abiding interest in the wellbeing of AAH. It was he in February of 1926 who arranged for a major show of paintings by Sir John Lavery, R.A., of England, as the first exhibition to be presented under the AAH auspices.

According to an article in The Patriot dated February 15, 1926, Harrisburg was chosen instead of Palm Beach as one of the few cities for exhibition of Lavery’s paintings. Apparently, the AAH exhibition committee, chaired by Mrs. Lyman Gilbert of 203 N. Front St. had met to discuss the exhibition, with Homer St. Gaudens planning to arrive the next day to confer with the committee on the location for the show. St. Gaudens had planned the exhibition’s circuit, with it originally including only Boston, New York, Pittsburgh and Palm Beach. It seems that the “difficulty of transportation has made it impossible to take the collection of paintings to Palm Beach, and Harrisburg was chosen instead.”

The article explained that Sir John and Lady Lavery had been spending time in America, traveling with the collection of 46 portraits, interiors, and landscapes selected by the artist himself. An Evening Newsarticle from February 11 had called the paintings one of “the most unusual one-man collections ever exhibited in America.” Sir John Lavery was a member of the Royal Academies of London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Rome, Milan and Stockholm; of the Society of French Artists, Beaux Arts Society of Paris, Society of Spanish Artists in Madrid and of the Secessions of Berlin, Vienna and Munich. The article extolled the fact that Lavery had been knighted by the King of England, by the King of Italy and by the King of the Belgians, and had been awarded the degree of doctor of laws by Queen’s University, Belfast. At that time, Lavery was represented by paintings in the permanent collections of 38 public galleries and museums throughout the world. Obviously, having this collection come to Harrisburg as the premier exhibition of the new Art Association was a real coup, and a testament to the value Homer St. Gaudens placed on the organization he had worked so diligently to create.

The Patriot and The Evening News enthused over the exhibition, running excited articles as the paintings began to arrive. On February 25, 1926, The Patriot announced the arrival of two additional paintings and stated that the Lavery exhibit would open at the Civic Club at 11 AM on February 26 for a ten-day run. The two paintings that arrived were “The Silver Dress,” a portrait of Lady Curzon, and “The Red Hammock,” a portrait of Lady Hazel Lavery reclining in a hammock. The article explained that for each day of the ten days of the exhibition there would be a hostess on duty at the Civic Club to answer questions. The hours each day would be 11 AM to 1 PM, and 2 PM to 10 PM during the week, and 2 PM to 10 PM on Sunday. One hundred and fifty people were expected to attend the pre-showing, with “each trustee of the Art Association given the privilege of inviting 5 guests.”

It was noted that the club’s lecture room had been transformed into a “real art gallery,” with electric light reflectors installed over each painting to “give just the proper amount of light to bring out the rich colourings of the pictures.”

On February 26, The Patriot noted that Dr. C. Valentine Kirby described Lavery as “primarily a portrait painter” when he spoke about the collection at the show’s preview the evening before. The collection of paintings was valued at $100,000, an astonishing sum for 1926. Dr. Kirby explained, “The paintings of Sir John Lavery have something in them that shows he paints for the love of painting and not because he had to. Dr. Valentine was the director of art in the State Department of Education, and had been invited to give his informed comments to the elite group assembled at the Civic Club for the show’s “pre-showing.” Dr. Valentine further said that in Lavery’s interiors and outdoor scenes, the artist almost always included a figure “which seems to fit into the surroundings exactly and belong there.”

Art Association of Harrisburg by Jim BarberBook Release Event:
The Art Association of Harrisburg will be hosting an event to celebrate the release of As the Paint Dries on Friday December 5, 2014, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the association’s headquarters at 21 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

As the Paint Dries: The History of the Art Association of Harrisburg
Authored by Carrie Wissler-Thomas with Michael Barton
List Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-62006-501-3
B&W 6 x 9 in Cloth w/Jacket
196 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
BISAC: Art History / USA / Pennsylvania

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/As-the-Paint-Dries-9781620065013.htm

For more information about the Art Assocation of Harrisburg, please see:

http://www.artassocofhbg.com/index2.htm

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