Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library will host John R. Lindermuth for a signing of his new coal region history book, "Digging Dusky Diamonds," from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Based on contemporary newspaper accounts and genealogical records like his weekly column for The News-Item, "Digging Dusky Diamonds" tells the story of the people who made the anthracite coal mining industry a major economic force in Pennsylvania in the 19th and early 20th centuries. How the miners and their families lived and worked, loved and died is recorded in old newspapers and reveals their daily concerns, their diversions, social attitudes and prejudices. The accounts reveal what was different about those people and what has remained constant in us, their descendants. Focus of the book is mainly on Northumberland and Schuylkill counties, though similar conditions prevailed across the anthracite mining region.
The illustrated 160-page book was released in September by Sunbury Press, Mechanicsburg (www.sunburypress.com), a publisher of trade paperback and digital books featuring established and emerging authors in many fiction and non-fiction categories. In addition to "Digging Dusky Diamonds," Lindermuth will have available copies of his two latest mysteries, Sooner Than Gold and Practice To Deceive.
A native of Shamokin, Lindermuth retired from The News-Item in 2000. Since then he has served as librarian of the Northumberland County Historical Society where he assists patrons with genealogy and research.