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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.







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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.

May 18, PA Books:  “Chuck Noll: A Winning Way”

May 18, PA Books: “Chuck Noll: A Winning Way”

This is the first book ever devoted exclusively to Chuck Noll and it is long overdue. You will learn much about this man who was rated the No.5 coach of all time in a poll taken in 2013. Jim O’Brien has interviewed Noll many times through the years and, most recently, he has interviewed some of the great players from those teams of the ‘70s and ‘80s who shed some interesting light on their coach. You also catch up on what’s become of those great players from the Steelers when they were the Team of the Decade.