PA Books features authors of books about Pennsylvania-related topics. These hour-long conversations allow authors to discuss both their subject matter and inspiration behind the books. PA Books airs Sunday nights at 9pm.
PCN + Midtown Scholar
Midtown Scholar Bookstore is proud to sponsor PA Books.
Starting Sunday, April 1 and running through early next year, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore will increase its visibility statewide thanks to a recent partnership fostered with PCN.
The partnership will allow the books featured on PCN’s regular Sunday evening program to be offered as part of a special PCN literary collection at the store which has been in business for the past decade.
Known as the largest academic used bookstore in the state, the Midtown Scholar offers more than a million academic and general interest titles in both its internet and retail warehouses. Located in a renovated 1920’s theater next to the historic Broad Street Market, the bookstore boasts titles spanning throughout its six floors as well as a full-service coffeehouse, two performance stages, meeting spaces and an art gallery and lounge.
As part of its mission to promote art and culture, the Midtown Scholar offers writing groups, literary events and concerts. The store is looking to expand its service to include lectures and book talks with the authors of various cultural works.
(VIDEO) This book explores the history of Pittsburghese, the language of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area as it is imagined and used by Pittsburghers. Pittburghese is linked to local identity so strongly that it is alluded to almost every time people talk about what Pittsburgh is like, or what it means to be a Pittsburgher. Barbara Johnstone is Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University.
(VIDEO) They were the best to ever play the game: the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s. Three decades later their names echo in popular memory—Mean Joe, Bradshaw, Webster, Lambert, Ham, Blount, Franco, Swann, and Stallworth. They define not only the brotherhood and camaraderie of football, but what Americans love about their most popular sport: its artistry and its brutality. Gary Pomerantz is a nonfiction author and journalist and has served the past seven years as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Communication at Stanford University.
Although the framers gave the president little authority, Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of his successors. To ensure their ability to defend the nation, he simply ignored the Constitution when he thought it necessary and reshaped the presidency into what James Madison called a monarchical presidency. Modern scholars call it the “imperial presidency.” A revealing new look at the birth of American government, “Mr. President” describes George Washington’s assumption of office in a time of continual crisis, as riots, rebellion, internecine warfare, and attacks by foreign enemies threatened to destroy the new nation.
(VIDEO) Char Miller chronicles the history of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation Studies and describes its iconic national historic site, Grey Towers, offered by Pinchot’s family as a lasting gift to the American people. As a union of the United States Forest Service and the Conservation Foundation, the institute was created to formulate policy and develop conservation education programs. Char Miller is W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and director of the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College.
Follow Mike Chitwood as he becomes the most decorated officer in Philadelphia police history, defying death in critical hostage negotiations and emerging as a key figure in an international high-profile case—he found the body of Ira Einhorn’s former girlfriend, Holly Maddux. Chitwood went on to a compelling career, heading police departments in three very different localities. He is still fighting crime today after half a century in law enforcement. As the legendary John Timoney has said, “Nobody does this better than Mike.”