Just in time for Memorial Day, Sunbury Press, Mechanicsburg, has published Joe Farrell and Joe Farley's “Keystone Tombstones, Volume III,” containing information on famous people buried in Pennsylvania.
They include author John Updike, boxer Joe Frazier, band leader Jimmy Dorsey, Coach Joe Paterno, Gov. Bob Casey Sr., singer-songwriter Teddy Pendergrass, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the victims of Flight 93 and many others.
This is the latest in the authors’ “Tombstone” series, which includes Volumes I, II and a Civil War edition.
The new volume tells how Revolutionary War hero Mad Anthony Wayne came to be buried in two places; how a peaceful political parade turned into a violent massacre in Kelayres; and how three girls, who became known as the “Babes in the Woods,” were found dead in the woods near Carlisle.
It has chapters on the NFL’s first black quarterback, Willie Thrower; Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher; Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Pie Traynor; and actress Lillian Russell. Included are profiles of noteworthy Pennsylvanians such as TV personality Dave Garroway, singer Marian Anderson and actor John Barrymore.
The book’s only Lancaster County grave site is that of Farley’s father-in-law, Robert Hess, a not-so-famous “great guy” who was a missionary in Africa and professor at Messiah College, according to Farrell.
The 190-page paperback is online at sunburypress.com and other websites.
Lancaster Poetry Exchange will host DC poet
Writer, editor and literary historian Dan Vera, from Washington, District of Columbia, will be featured at the 7:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday, May 28, of the Lancaster Poetry Exchange at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1700-H Fruitville Pike.
LatinoStories.com named him a 2014 Top Ten New Latino Author to Watch (and Read), saying, “ ‘In Speaking Wiri Wiri,’ Dan Vera shows us why he is earning a reputation as a talented, sophisticated poet who is a master at playing with words.”
The book, published in 2013, was the inaugural winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize.
It “meditates on the challenges of multiple identities, ethnicity, the geographies of migration, familial displacement, popular history and more. Everything is fair game for Vera, who finds poetry in the mundane and the monumental, the hidden lives of iconic television stars and the alternate histories of Latinos in the United States. Carmen Miranda makes an appearance, as does Captain Kirk and Jose Martí.”
Vera’s first poetry collection, “The Space Between Our Danger and Delight,” was published by Beothuk Books in 2008.
He has edited the gay culture journal White Crane, co-created the literary history site DC Writers’ Homes, and chairs the board of Split This Rock Poetry.¶
Sudan native signing his memoir at DogStar Books
Antoni Bazia grew up as a member of the privileged class in Sudan. His father, a Christian and chief of the Luo tribe, worked for the Khartoum government while sympathizing with the rebels in the South.
The son’s story, as told to English teacher Ann B. Smith in Portland, Maine, is titled “Chocolate Boy: The Philosophy of One Child of South Sudan.”
The former Lancaster resident will discuss and sign his 180-page paperback at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at DogStar Books, 400 W. Lemon St.
Bazia’s memoir conveys the values that have kept him on the right path, avoiding negativity and hopelessness, and is dedicated to the Lost Boys. Though not one of them, Bazia worked here, in Erie and Philadelphia with the youngsters displaced and orphaned during the second Sudanese civil war, from 1983-2005.
Bazia remains concerned about his country of origin and also will discuss the current situation there following his recent meetings with the Sudanese diaspora in Washington, District of Columbia; Nashville, Tennessee; and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Book discussions for everyone
The following literary works will be discussed in June at these public venues. Most ask participants to pre-register by phone or online.
•Dorothy Wickenden’s “ Nothing Daunted,” 7 p.m. June 2, Eastern Lancaster County Library, New Holland.
•Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front,” 6:30 p.m. June 3, Ephrata Public Library.
•Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants,” Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson,” William Carlos Williams’ “The Use of Force” and Tobias Wolff’s “Say Yes,” 10 a.m. June 4, Lancaster Public Library.
•Hugh Kennedy’s “The Great Arab Conquest,” Chapters 1-6, 6 p.m. June 4, Lancaster Public Library.
•John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” 6 p.m. June 10, Ephrata Public Library (for young adults and adults).
•Christine Wenger’s “Do or Diner,” 6:30 p.m. June 10, Aaron’s Books, Lititz.
•Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” 10 a.m. June 11, Manheim Township Public Library.
•Emma Donoghue’s “Room,” 10 a.m. June 12, Lancaster Public Library.
•Camilla V. Saulsbury’s “Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook,” 6:30 p.m. June 12, Ephrata Public Library. Prepare a recipe from the book and bring it along for sampling.
•D.M. Cornish’s “Foundling,” 6 p.m. June 12, Lancaster Public Library.
•David Baldacci’s “The Finisher,” 4 p.m. June 16, Ephrata Public Library (ages 10-12).
•Alice Munro’s “Dear Life: Stories,” 6:30 p.m. June 18, Adamstown Area Library.
•Bisco Hatori’s Ouran High School Host Club series, 4 p.m. June 18, Ephrata Public Library. The discussion includes a host club party, and cosplayers are welcome (ages 13-18).
•Mitch Albom’s “The First Phone Call From Heaven,’’ 6 p.m. June 19, Moores Memorial Library, Christiana.
•Susan Wittig Albert’s “Hill Top Farm,” 6:30 p.m. June 19, Ephrata Public Library.
•Willa Cather’s “O Pioneers!” 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. June 24, Milanof-Schock Library, Mount Joy.
•Kiera Cass’ “The Selection,” 4 p.m. June 30, Ephrata Public Library (teens).