Shelf Life: The Show

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City Books is proud to partner with PCTV21 on a 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 at City Books’ events where their titles are available for sale.

Currently on a COVID-related hiatus, past episodes can be viewed on the City Books website and on PCTV21’s YouTube channel. A shoppable list of the books is available via our digital storefront here. Alas, our Bookshop list is missing Joan E. Bauer’s The Almost Sound of Drowning and Justin Vicari’s In Search of Lost Joy (both published by Main Street Rag), and Matt Holbein’s 24-Hour Flowers (The Foliage Library). If you are interested in those titles, or if anything else you are looking for on the list is backordered, please contact the bookstore directly at for over-the-counter orders.

Questions, comments, and inquiries may be directed to

Authors in alphabetical order

Barry Alfonso
Sam Allen
Edward Banchs
J. D. Barker
Cameron Barnett
Barbara Barrow
Joan Bauer
Samuel W. Black
Rossilynne Culgan
Sharon Dilworth
Matt Ferrence
Gary Fincke
Deborah Fleming
Sherrie Flick
Carmen Gentile
David Hassler
Paul Hertneky
Sadie Hoagland
Matt Holbein
James G. Hollock
Abeer Hoque
Laura Leigh Morris
Valerie Nieman
On Appalachian Writers
Leah Pileggi
Shannon Reed
Doug Rice
Todd Snyder
Natalie Sypolt
Justin Vicari
Cheryl Werber

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