Earth and Mineral Sciences

New books from Penn State Press to be featured at Ag Progress Days

New local interest and nature books will be showcased inside the Pasto Agricultural Museum during the three-day expo

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the third year in a row, Penn State University Press will attend Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14–16 in Pennsylvania Furnace, with an exciting array of books that highlight Pennsylvania’s history and natural environment.

The showcase and sale will include new titles such as "Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches" by award-winning nature photographer Tim Palmer, and "Reading Shaver’s Creek: Ecological Reflections from an Appalachian Forest," as well as perennial favorites such as Bill Russell’s "Field Guide to Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic" (now in a revised and expanded edition) and "Common Nymphs of Eastern North America: A Primer for Flyfishers and Flytiers" by Caleb J. Tzilkowski and Jay R. Stauffer Jr. The sale will take place inside the Pasto Agricultural Museum during all three days of the expo.

“We love spending time at Ag Progress Days,” says PSU Press acquisitions editor Kathryn Yahner. “It’s a great opportunity to share our regional books with members of our local community. Being there it’s easy to see that our community is one that loves Pennsylvania just as much as we do.”

Yahner is the editor of the Press’s "Keystone Books" series; the books in this series are “accessible, well-researched explorations into the history, culture, society and environment of the Keystone State.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, author Sarah Chamberlain will sign copies of her book "Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic" at 12:30 p.m. at the PSU Press table. Chamberlain is an assistant research professor at Riparia, a research center in Penn State's Department of Geography, and curator of the Penn State (PAC) Herbarium. Ag Progress Days attendees can stop by to meet Chamberlain and ask questions about identifying native grasses. Signed copies of the field guide will be available for purchase.

The Pasto Agricultural Museum connects the history and science of agriculture for almost 10,000 visitors annually. Exhibits and programs interpret historic artifacts and explore present day research related to food, feed, fuel and fiber production. For programs and directions, visit

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Last Updated August 02, 2018