PA Books

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.

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April 13, PA Books:  “Historic Architecture of Pennsylvania”

April 13, PA Books: “Historic Architecture of Pennsylvania”

(Video) Nestled among the rolling hills of South Central Pennsylvania, six counties – Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York – are home to more than three centuries of history and architecture. Beginning with early eighteenth century buildings, almost every style of American architecture is featured in the region’s mid-sized cities, charming towns, and quaint villages. Susquehanna Valley buildings showcase excellent examples of Colonial, Early Republic, Victorian, and twentieth-century architectural movements.


April 20, PA Books:  “BUCK:  A Memoir”

April 20, PA Books: “BUCK: A Memoir”

(VIDEO) MK Asante was born in Zimbabwe to American parents: a mother who led the new nation’s dance company and a father who would soon become a revered pioneer in black studies. But things fell apart, and a decade later MK was in America, a teenager lost in a fog of drugs, sex, and violence on the streets of North Philadelphia.


April 27, PA Books:  “Gone for Another Day”

April 27, PA Books: “Gone for Another Day”

(VIDEO) 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the Ned Smith Center, and as part of the celebration, the Center is publishing Gone for Another Day a sequel to Ned Smith’s beloved Gone for the Day, now in its eleventh printing. Readers are taken through the seasons among the mountains and river valleys of Pennsylvania, as well as to excursions to some of the wildest parts of North America.


May 4, PA Books:  “Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30″

May 4, PA Books: “Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30″

(VIDEO) The Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia began in 1984 as a summer youth program with modest support from city government. Under the guidance of Jane Golden, however, it gradually grew into one of the largest and most successful public art organizations in the country, garnering support from local corporations, foundations, and individuals to extend the reach and effectiveness of its innovative programs. Now three decades later, the Mural Arts Program has created more than 3,800 murals and public art projects that have made lasting imprints in every Philadelphia neighborhood.


May 11, PA Books:  The Coal Barons Played Cuban Giants”

May 11, PA Books: The Coal Barons Played Cuban Giants”

The Pennsylvania state leagues of the 1880s and 1890s rank among the most interesting minor leagues in the history of baseball. The rules were changing, the world around baseball, particularly the economy, was changing and things that would seem impossible in a later time were happening every year.