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Hill Coffee Roaster Has Grounds For Hope As New Author


If you have been in the Chestnut Hill Coffee Shop in the past two years, you may have noticed or spoken to a charming, bright coffee roaster named Ray Pine but most likely did not know that there is a lot more to Ray than just coffee. In fact, Ray is the author of the just-published book, “A Boy and his Dada,” a poignant reflection on relationships with fathers and future sons, illustrated with delightful, whimsical drawings in crayon, watercolor and pencil by Anca Bostina.

Pine, 38, grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, although he has lived in upper Roxborough for the last four years. A graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School and Holy Family University with a literature degree in 2003, Pine previously worked in technical support for a proprietary software company for 12 years.

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