Monthly Archives: April 2015

Harrisburg’s financial collapse recounted in new book by investigative reporter Chris Papst

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

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Capital-Murder-978162006…. (http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-B-Team-9781620065952…)

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Philadelphia Region volume of Keystone Tombstones now available

kstsph_fcPHILADELPHIASunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

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

Bucks County

  • Pearl Buck
  • Saint Katherine Drexel
  • Tom Gola

Chester County

  • Smedley Butler
  • Jim Croce

Delaware County

  • Marian Anderson
  • Paul Arizin
  • John McDermott
  • Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry H. Holmes
  • Danny Murtaugh
  • Philadelphia Sinners
  • Bessie Smith
  • Anthony Wayne

Montgomery County

  • Alan Ameche
  • Richie Ashburn
  • Lafayette C. Baker
  • De Bonneville “Bert” Bell
  • Jay Cooke
  • Dave Garroway
  • Winfield Scott Hancock
  • John Hartranft
  • Herman Haupt
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Arlen Specter
  • Grover Washington Jr.
  • Harry Wright
  • Samuel K. Zook

Philadelphia County

  • William (Willie) Law Anderson
  • John Barrymore
  • Ulric Dahlgren
  • Four Founders
  • Samuel W. Crawford
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Joe Frazier
  • General Controversy
  • Franklin Gowen
  • Harry Norbert Kalas
  • Oliver B. Knowles
  • Connie Mack
  • George Meade
  • Robert Morris & James Wilson
  • St. Clair Augustine Mulholland
  • Saint John Newman
  • Dennis O’Kane
  • John C. Pemberton
  • Galusha Pennypacker
  • Frank Rizzo
  • Bill Tilden
  • John Wanamaker

Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region: Biographies of Famous People Buried in Pennsylvania
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
360 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065457
ISBN-10: 1620065452
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Rich & Famous

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

Harrisburg’s historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal church predates the Civil War

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

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Along-the-Bethel-Trail-9…

Susquehanna Valley volume of Keystone Tombstones now available

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…

Anthracite Region volume of Keystone Tombstones now available

kstsan_fcPOTTSVILLE, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones Anthracite Region by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

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

Carbon County

  • Jim Thorpe

Columbia County

  • Nick Adams

Lackawanna County

  • James Crowley – Half the Horsemen
  • Robert Casey

Luzerne County

  • Congressman Dan Flood
  • Mary Jo Kopechne
  • The Lattimer Massacre

Monroe County

  • Fred Waring

Northampton County

  • Jayne Mansfield
  • George Taylor

Pike County

  • Zane Grey
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer
  • Gifford Pinchot
  • Charles Henry Van Wyck

Schuylkill County

  • Jack Daubert
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Black Jack Kehoe – The Molly Maguires
  • The Kelayres Massacre
  • Henry C. Pleasants

Keystone Tombstones Anthracite Region: 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
144 pages
Sunbury Press, INc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065549
ISBN-10: 1620065541
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Rich & Famous

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

All the best dead people in Pennsylvania — according to the Joes

ktbest_fc smMECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released The Best of Keystone Tombstones, Joe Farrell and Joe Farley’s hardcover finale, comprised of the most interesting and impactful individuals pulled from their five volumes.

About the Book:
Joe Farrell and Joe Farley have combed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for interesting biographies of noteworthy people buried in the Keystone State. This volume is the culmination of the best of the stories found in Volumes 1, 2, 3, The Civil War, and Sports. Subjects run the gamut from politicians to serial killers to movie stars to war heros to labor leaders to musicians to sports figures, etc. Included in this volume:

  • Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas “The Voices of Philadelphia”
  • “Babes in the Woods”
  • Smedley Butler “The Fighting Quaker”
  • Dick Winters and Joe Toye “Band of Brothers”
  • Simon Cameron “Pennsylvania’s Political Kingmaker”
  • Michael Cheslock “The Lattimer Massacre”
  • Billy Conn “The Pittsburgh Kid”
  • Benjamin Franklin “The First American”
  • Joe William Frazier “Smokin Joe”
  • John White Geary “An American Success Story Few Have Heard”
  • Josh Gibson “The Black Babe Ruth”
  • Frank Gorshin “What Does It All Mean?”
  • Winfield Scott Hancock “Hancock the Superb”
  • Milton Hershey “The Chocolate King”
  • Johnstown Flood Victims “An Act of God”
  • Mary Jo Kopechne “What If?”
  • Jayne Mansfield “The Blonde Bombshell”
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer “The Mysterious Case of Mary Pinchot Meyer”
  • “The Molly Maguires, Black Jack Kehoe and Franklin Gowen
  • Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry H. Holmes “America’s Answer to the Ripper”
  • Joe Paterno “JoePa”
  • Bob Prince and Myron Cope “The Voices of Pittsburgh”
  • Frank Rizzo “The Cop That Would Be King”
  • Fred Rogers “America’s Favorite Neighbor”
  • Art Rooney “The Chief”
  • Bessie Smith “The Empress of the Blues”
  • Thaddeus Stevens “The Dictator of Congress”
  • Jim Thorpe “The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century”
  • “Titanic Victims and Survivors”
  • Andy Warhol “The Pope of Pop”
Joe Farrell (left) and Joe Farley (right) with Nick Nichols at Nick's 114 in New Cumberland.

Joe Farrell (left) and Joe Farley (right) with Nick Nichols at Nick’s 114 in New Cumberland.

The Best of Keystone Tombstones
by Joe Farrell & Joe Farley
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 228 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620065843
ISBN-13: 978-1620065846
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
BISAC: Biography

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Best-of-Keystone-Tom…

“H Is for Hershey” is sweet! Heather Paterno’s book #1 atop Sunbury Press bestsellers

HERSHEY, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March, 2015. Heather Paterno’s art-filled tribute to Hershey, H Is for Hershey, took the top spot, followed by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley’s soon-to-be-released The Best of Keystone Tombstones.The Fossils of Blackberry Hill, by Kenneth Gass, claimed the third spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for March, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 New H Is for Hershey Heather Paterno Childrens
2 New The Best of Keystone Tombstones Farrell and Farley Biography
3 New The Fossils of Blackberry Hill Kenneth Gass Paleontology
4 13 OneWay McClellan and Marks Visionary Fiction
5 New Rising Sun Descending Wade Fowler Thriller Fiction
6 4 The Closer Alan Mindell Literary Fiction
7 8 The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
8 17 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
9 27 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
10 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
11 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
12 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
13 New Charlie Caw Paul Argentini YA Fiction
14 New Blood Moon S J Vermillion Thriller Fiction
15 The Trevorton, Mahanoy, and Susquehanna Railroad … Steve Troutman History
16 15 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
17 16 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
18 21 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
19 Dinorific Poetry 3 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
20 Dinorific Poetry 2 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
21 Dinorific Poetry 1 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
22 5 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Medical Memoir
23 New Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
24 19 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
25 The Wolf of Britannia, Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
26 26 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
27 6 The Devil’s Grasp Pisano and Koscienski Dark Fantasy
28 New Keystone Tombstones Pittsburgh Region Farrell and Farley Biography
29 20 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
30 That Night at Surigao M Ernest Marshall History

hifh_fcSunbury Press had its best month ever in March, and its best quarter ever. Sales for the quarter were up over 60% from last year, and 44% from March of last year. Hardcover books continue to outpace all formats, taking a 42% share for the quarter. EBooks have now slipped to less than 4% of sales. Trade paperbacks remain steady.

Heather Paterno’s H Is for Hershey grabbed the top spot thanks to advance sales for her appearance at the Hershey-Derry Historical Society. Joe Farrell and Joe Farley’s The Best of Keystone Tombstones grabbed 2nd place due to advance sales for their upcoming book release party. The duo’s Pittsburgh Region book placed 28th from author activity. The Fossils of Blackberry Hill by Kenneth Gass is another hardcover book in the top three thanks to advance sales. Robin and Deborah McClellan’s OneWay surged to #4 thanks to the author’s event at the Sunbury Press store. Wade Fowler’s Rising Sun Descending grabbed the 5th spot as he prepped for his appearances. Alan Mindell’s The Closer slipped a bit to #6, but continues to sell steadily. Charles Godfrey’s recent release The Death Machine inched up to #7 thanks to author acitivities. Terry Ray’s Invasion of the Orange Orbs ratcheted up to #8 this month thanks to sales at the MUFON ArcStar bookstore. The Sign of the Eagle, the long-running bestseller from Jess Steven Hughes listed at #9, and the first volume of its prequel, The Wolf of Britannia Volume 1, made the list at #25. John Cressler’s Emeralds of the Alhambra returned to the rankings at #10 along with it’s sequel Shadows in the Shining City (at #17). Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Autumn grabbed #11. Dennis Herrick’s steadily-selling Winter of the Metal ktbest_fcPeople was at #12. Paul Argentini’s young adult novel Charlie Caw grabbed lucky #13 thanks to advance sales. Blood Moon by S J Vermillion was #14 due to online sales upon release of the novel.  Steve Troutman’s The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad was back on the list at #15 because of author appearances. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula inched down a bit to #16, but is still popular among Vietnam vets. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls continues to sell steadily at #18. Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli’s Dinorific Poetry Volumes 1, 2, and 3 took consecutive spots #19, 20, and 21 thanks to author activities. Ken Mercurio’s Head Over Wheels held on at #22, still supported by cycling enthusiasts. Investigative reporter Chris Papst’s debut expose Capital Murder ranked #23 after it’s upcoming release was announced. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician maintained a spot in the ranking thanks to Easter sales of the hardcover edition. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last remained at #26 due to continued interest in the search for the lost aviatrix. Chris Pisano and Brian Koscienski’s The Devil’s Grasp slipped to #27 following convention exposure. Marie Sontag’s The Bronze Dagger held on to #29 thanks to online sales. That Night at Surigao by M. Ernest Marshall rounded out the top 30.

The company released seven new titles during the month of March.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for March, 2015
Keep It Blue Haley Dean Literary Fiction
H Is for Hershey Heather Paterno Childrens
Rising Sun Descending Wade Fowler Thriller Fiction
Jesus the Phoenician (hardcover) Karim El Koussa Religious History
Rising Hope Marie Sontag Historical Fiction
Keystone Tombstones Pittsburgh Region Farrell and Farley Biography
Blood Moon S J Vermillion Thriller Fiction

For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm