New Castle Book Signing

My New Castle reading/signing for Glass Animals went very well. We had about a dozen locals in the audience, most of them my good friends, and enough cupcakes and coffee to go around. I read several flash stories, and a couple of micros. They were very well received, and folks went out of their way to encourage me afterward. I felt very nervous throughout the reading, but Sue reports that I did kept my voice loud enough, and did not read too fast, so I guess that’s progress. She has the ham gene in our family. I have the quail gene. Anyway, a hearty thanks to the New Castle Public Library and Susan Morgan for hosting the event (and coming Continue reading

New Castle Preservation

Photo of New Castle, Pennsylvania churchIn July 2012, New Castle’s recently formed Historical Architectural Review Board was threatened with extinction. The community fought back.

The Young Preservationist’s Association, headquartered in Pittsburgh, saw the battle the board was fighting and decided to take action, according to Dan Holland, chief executive officer of the organization.

The association nominated New Castle to the number two spot on their annual list of “Top 10 Best Preservation Opportunities” in the western Pennsylvania area.

“This list is a tool to raise awareness and community involvement,” Holland said. “We saw that there was not Continue reading