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City Books is proud to partner with PCTV21 on a new project called Shelf Life, a book show about Pittsburgh authors and topics relevant to western Pennsylvania and the tri-state region. Hosted by Arlan Hess and directed & produced by Carl Cimini, Shelf Life’s mission is to explore issues related to poets and writers, support dialogue between writers and audiences, and increase literacy across ages and genres. Most of the guests have appeared, or will appear, at City Books where their titles are available for sale. Episodes will drop twice per month on the City Books website and on PCTV21’s YouTube channel.

EPISODE 1: Leah Pileggi, Prisoner 88

EPISODE 2: Edward Banchs, Heavy Metal Africa

EPISODE 3: Doug Rice, Here Lies Memory

EPISODE 4: Paul Hertneky, Rust Belt Boy

EPISODE 5: Abeer Hoque, Olive Witch

EPISODE 6: Sharon Dilworth, Two Sides, Three Rivers

EPISODE 7: J.D. Barker, The Fifth to Die

EPISODE 8: Todd Snyder, 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym

EPISODE 9: Gary Fincke, The Darkness Call

EPISODE 10: Cameron Barnett, The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water

EPISODE 11: Laura Lee Morris, Jaws of Life

EPISODE 12: Sherrie Flick, Thank Your Lucky Stars

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