Monthly Archives: May 2013

Pennsylvania’s role in the Civil War highlighted in “Keystone Tombstones Civil War”

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released “Keystone Tombstones Civil War” by Joe Farrell, Joe Farley and Lawrence Knorr. This special volume of the Keystone Tombstones series highlights Pennsylvania’s contributions to restoring the Union and ending slavery.

About the Book:
ktcw_pubPennsylvania is rich in Civil War history. Gettysburg was the climactic battle of the war, and many of the Keystone State’s citizens were involved, whether as common soldiers, officers, politicians or citizens. This special edition of the Keystone Tombstones series focuses on those persons interred in Pennsylvania who played a noteworthy role in the Civil War. Farrell, Knorr and Farley have combed the Keystone State to bring you most interesting tales about the Civil War participants buried in Pennsylvania. Included in the volume:

  • Gettysburg National Cemetery
  • John W. Geary
  • Galusha Pennypacker
  • Strong Vincent
  • Amos Humiston
  • US Colored Troops
  • St. Clair Augustine Mulholland
  • Andrew G. Curtin
  • John L. Burns
  • Propsect Hill Cemetery
  • Dennis O’Kane
  • Charles H. Van Wyck
  • Ginnie Wade
  • George G. Meade
  • Winfield S. Hancock
  • Henry C. Pleasants
  • Gettysburg Generals
  • Samuel W. Crawford
  • Samuel K. Zook
  • Thomas L. Kane
  • John Fulton Reynolds
  • Oliver B. Knowles
  • John F. Hartranft
  • Alfred L. Pearsons
  • James Buchanan
  • Ulric Dahlgren
  • Herman Haupt
  • Rebels Among Us
  • Thaddeus Stevens
  • John C. Pemberton
  • Jay Cooke
  • Medal of Honor Recipients
  • Simon Cameron
  • General Controversy
  • Lafayette C. Baker

Keystone Tombstones Civil War: Famous Graves Found in Pennsylvania
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
206 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061770
ISBN-10: 1620061775
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War Period…


Douglas Gibboney digs up “More Scandals of the Civil War”

 Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released author Douglas Lee Gibboney’s Civil War history compilation “More Scandals of the Civil War and Kindred Matters.”

About the Book:
msotcw_fcYes, well…here we go again with a second serving of assorted sordid deeds, malicious gossip and just plain naughty behavior by Billy Yank, Johnny Reb and their female counterparts. As in the first volume of Scandals, these stories show there is truly nothing new under the sun; the on-going folly of mankind remains constant across the centuries. For better or worse, human nature does not change.

But then, who doesn’t enjoy a juicy scandal? As the late Washington dowager Alice Roosevelt Longworth once remarked, “If you haven’t got anything good to say about anyone, come sit by me.” Like the first volume, More Scandals is a tabloid history of the war. You’ll find plenty of titillating tales here as this book opens with an unusual chronology of the war, highlighting not the bloody battles, glorious generals and great campaigns but the odd, the ugly and the unusual of everyday humanity.

You’ll notice the title does say “and Kindred Matters,” allowing for a wide range of topics. Consider this a writer’s privilege.

The second part of the book deals with what happened to the boys in blue and grey once the fighting ended. Many lived well into the 20th century, five or six decades after the surrender of Robert E. Lee and Joe Johnston. These veterans would witness the United States transition into a modern era and begin its rise as an international power. It was a new industrial world far different from the antebellum times in which these old soldiers had been born. Nevertheless, for most of the survivors, the conflict of 1861 would remain the central touchstone of their lives.

Included in this volume:
Irish Brigade New York Riot!
General BERDAN: Hero or Coward?
Reb Shoots Moon; Yanks Shoot Back
Ex-Reb Gunrunner Executed in Cuba
GENERAL LEE’s Daughters Refuse Marriage
Gettysburg-Bound YANKS DRUNK in Frederick
General Sibley: “A Walking Whiskey Keg”
The Curious End of Captain Mobberly
MINIE BALL Causes Pregnancy
Dead REBS for Sale!

More Scandals of the Civil War and Kindred Matters
Authored by Douglas Lee Gibboney
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: 978-1620062289
ISBN-10: 1620062283
BISAC: History/US History/Civil War

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Soon to be available on Kindle and Nook

One Dinorific deal! Mike and Ethan Sgrignoli sign with Sunbury Press

Mechanicsburg, PA — Children’s author Mike Sgrignoli and his son Ethan, the illustrator, have signed with Sunbury Press to publish their Dinorific Poetry series.  The Mechanicsburg publisher of trade paperback and eBooks plans to reissue the first two volumes, followed by a third currently in the works.

The Sgrignolis have risen to local acclaim thanks to their positive message and appearances at local schools, bookstores, childcare centers and other venues.  Mike has made numerous media appearances, and will be joining Sunbury Press at Book Expo America in New York, May 30 to June 1.

purple logoAbout Dinorific Poetry:
Volume 1:
10 delightful poetic stories conceived by Michael coupled with 24 of Ethan’s imaginative watercolors. You’ll meet Diplodocus, Dimetrodon, Styracosaurus, Pachycephalosaur and a host of other unique and admittedly obscure dinosaurs. There’s even a story about where the skull of a Plesiosaur got mistakenly placed. Dig in!

Volume 2:
We’re upping the ante folks…14, count ’em, 14 new dinorific ditties designed to dazzle dino lovers. You’ll meet Carnotaurus, Argentinosaurus and Megatherium (a 20 foot long sloth. Really.) We even delve into the ocean’s depths to meet Megalodon, Dunkleosteus and Kronosaurus. And did you hear the one about the dinos playing poker? You will.

About the Authors:
Michael is a poet, musician, forward-thinking, public-speaking, rugged individualist who strives to be the best darn daddy ever while balancing a full time job.
Ethan is a fun-loving, imaginative, animal lover who (his father believes) IS the best darn son ever. This father/son literary project has provided the setting to engender greater mutual respect and has delivered an even more precious gift: more time spent together.

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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

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Soon to be available on Kindle and Nook