Philadelphia Columnist Has New Book

Philadelphia columnist James Smart’s unusual new novel, “Adonijah Hill’s Journal,” is the true-to-history diary of a fictional reporter for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin in 1876.

In the heavily researched “diary,” Jim recreates the days when journalists wrote by hand, and covered the city before there were telephones and autos. The fictitious Hill covers crime, fires and politics, and is assigned to the big story of the year, the construction and opening of the vast Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. He also documents his personal background, his Civil War service and his love affair.

Note: click on the Amazon.com link on this NSNC site to buy the book, and the society gets a percentage of the cost.

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