Friday, July 14, 2006

History Comes Alive with Pittsburgh’s Blue Collar Book Tour

for immediate release

PITTSBURGH, PA—Local authors Daniel J. Burns (Pittsburgh’s Rivers, Duquesne), Sandy Henry (Carnegie, Something Borrowed, Something Blue) and Lisa Alzo (Pittsburgh’s Immigrants, Three Slovak Women, Baba's Kitchen) have joined forces to promote their new books as a team, which they are calling Pittsburgh’s Blue Collar Book Tour.

Henry, also a mystery and children’s author, explains, “The three of us were already acquainted, and our new books are part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. They are very similar, as they chronicle and celebrate different facets (and faces) of Pittsburgh and Carnegie. Teaming up with Dan and Lisa will make the book tour even more fun.”Arcadia’s regional books are historical photographic essays and feature towns across the U.S. Pittsburgh has been spotlighted before, as Brookline, Beechview and Kennywood were popular earlier releases in the Images series.

Burns is a Sergeant with the City of Duquesne Police Department and President of the Mifflin Township Historical Society. He jokes, “I feel like a thorn between two roses. But the three of us have lots of events planned together, and we hope that readers will come out to see us.”

For their new Arcadia books, both Burns and Alzo worked with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Alzo is a native of Duquesne, PA and frequently lectures on the topics of Slavic Studies and genealogy. She says, “It is an honor to be touring with Sandy and Dan since we share a passion for preserving the past and paying tribute to those who helped to make Pittsburgh a great American city. I am also grateful to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for opening their doors and photographic collection to me for Pittsburgh’s Immigrants.”

Burns adds, "Many local histories are forgotten or lost. Books such as these not only preserve much of what was but also bring history back to life through many never before seen old photographs."

Henry worked with the Historical Society of Carnegie on her Arcadia book. “The Historical Society was a tremendous help to me, and they made the experience of writing my first nonfiction book a great one. And as a native of Carnegie, writing the Images book about my hometown was really special.”The Blue Collar Book Tour will be hosting Author Chats and book signings at area bookstores beginning in mid-July. The first promotional stop will be the Barnes and Noble at the Pointe in Robinson. The authors will each give a brief presentation beginning at 7 PM and will be on hand to sign and sell copies of their books.

Additional information is available at www.danieljburns.com; http://www.sandyhenry.com/ and http://www.lisaalzo.com./To book an interview or appearance, please contact:Lindsey Miller, Publicity ManagerArcadia Publishing420 Wando Park Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464phone: 843-853-2070 x 370facsimile: 843-853-0044

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Scheduled Events BLUE COLLAR BOOK TOURBOOK DISCUSSION & SIGNING

July 20, 2006 Barnes & Noble, Robinson, 7:00 p.m.

July 24, 2006 Barnes & Noble, Downtown, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

August 1, 2006 Barnes & Noble, South Hills Village, 7:00 p.m.


Additional dates TBA

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