Submitted by Brian O’Neill

Devin LeonardDevin Leonard, author of Neither Snow Nor Rain: A History of the U.S. Postal Service, will be at our neighborhood bookstore from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday June 24. Isn’t it grand to say “our neighborhood bookstore”? I am speaking, of course, of City Books at 908 Galveston Avenue.

Neither Snow Nor Rain coverMr. Leonard’s book, just out, might have you rueing the invention of e-mail. The book already has gotten attention from National Public Radio and the Chicago Tribune. Bethany McLean, coauthor of The Smartest Guys in the Room, calls the book “fascinating (yes, fascinating!)” and “eye-opening to those who think the USPS should go the way of the buggy whip.’’

Mr. Leonard, a staff writer at Bloomberg Businessweek, has previously been a senior writer at Fortune. He knows his stuff. That I can assure you because 28 years ago, this native Philadelphian married my little sister, Eileen. They’re coming to visit because they love Pittsburgh and kind of like me, too.

So if you haven’t yet been to City Books, first, why? Second, here’s a chance to pick up a fun and important book about the original information superhighway, and to meet the guy who puts you on that road.