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North Side tours for bibliophiles

For years, people went to the North Side to watch the Pirates or Steelers, then quickly left for home lest they be stuck in what was considered a high-crime area. That perception has changed over the past three decades due to an influx of cultural attractions, restaurants and bars, and residences. But a big part of the North Side’s cultural legacy has been overlooked — until now.

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Local Business Spotlight: City Books

In March, Allegheny West residents and bibliophiles from around the city welcomed the reopening of City Books at 908 Galveston Avenue. Owner Arlan Hess, a former literature and creative writing professor at Washington & Jefferson College, had visited City Books’ Southside location many times over the years.

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Rules and Means of Communication Between Professors and Students Are Changing

“For Arlan Hess, a lecturer in the English department at Washington & Jefferson College, Facebook also has been a way to support students or comfort them in their disappointments. But she also takes steps to protect her own privacy.”

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W&J Explores U2

“‘All the people who are studying U2 academically started out as fans,’ said Arlan Hess, an English lecturer who taught the course. A 45-year-old Mt. Lebanon native, she still remembers the date of the first U2 concert she attended: April 9, 1985, at Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, shortly after the release of the Unforgettable Fire album.”

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Chatham girl helps return World Series ring to rightful owner

“’It has really restored my faith that people want to do the right thing,’ said Arlan Hess, an English professor at Washington & Jefferson College near Pittsburgh. Hess is the daughter of Merrill Hess, a Morristown man who went to watch the Chatham High School hockey team play Randolph at the Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown in February.  There he lost his 1960 World Series ring.”

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Press On

“Calling the Pittsburgh literary landscape “the most underrated art scene in town,” Paper Street Press poetry editor, Arlan Hess, described this year’s book fair of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Austin, Texas: ‘There were 450 tables of small presses from all over; we were in about the eighth row. By the time people got to us, they were all exclaiming, “we had no idea Pittsburgh had so much going on!” There was at least one press from Pittsburgh in every row.’”

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