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"Books In The Burgh" Fair Will Feature Local Authors

From fiction to food, from history to science fiction, from sports to poetry, from biographies to artwork, the Heinz History Center this weekend will host the 11th annual “Books in the Burgh” holiday book fair.  Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to meet and greet local authors.

History Center spokesman Brady Smith said the event has experienced great turnouts each year and he expects a similar response on Saturday. “I think it’s so popular because we feature more than 50 local authors and a lot of their titles deal with various Pittsburgh topics, or Western Pennsylvania topics from sports just to local history,” Smith said.

In addition to various author talks throughout the day, there will a special discussion with forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wright, who worked closely on the JKF assassination investigation and other famous cases.

Smith said although some of the authors in attendance aren't native to Pittsburgh, the local community will recognize their names.

“Anybody from local media personalities like Dave Crawley, or Chuck Finder, Jim O’Brien, people that Pittsburghers know in the media,” Smith said. Also, Pirates’ announcer Steve Blass will be there, former Steelers linebacker Andy Russell, so it’s people that Pittsburghers know well,” he said.

The History Center will also launch a new book--"The Civil War in Pennsylvania:  A Photographic History."  The three authors will discuss how they uncovered of rate and never-before-seen Civil War images which are in the book.

Several other authors will also present talks during Saturday's event which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admission is free to the "Books in the Burgh" fair, but regular admission prices apply for all History Center exhibits,.