Former Fresno Bee writer Stephen H. Provost will talk about his book, “Fresno Growing Up: A City Comes of Age 1945-1985” (Craven Street Books, $16.96) at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 East Perrin Ave.
The book takes a look at the people and places that will be familiar to Fresno-area residents of a certain age: Al Radka; the Sunnyside Drive-In; Dean and Don and the Breakfast Club; Happy Steak; Angelo’s Drive-In; and much more.
Provost documents Fresno’s popular culture during its postwar period, when the city shifted from a small town to the fastest growing city in the United States, through the businesses, restaurants, movie houses, malls, personalities, sports, bands and fads that defined Fresno from the 1940s-1980s.
Provost was born and raised in Fresno. The Bullard High School graduate got a degree in journalism at Fresno State in 1986. He has spent more than a quarter-century as an editor, reporter and columnist. He works for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.
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In addition to the talk, signed copies of “Fresno Growing Up“ will be available for purchase.
Local author Alan Sproles has just had two books released: “The Train from Outer Space” (BookBaby, $15.99) and “Billy Bedivere in the Quest for the Dragon Queen: A Kingdom of Legends Adventure” (Book Baby, $12.95). Both works are aimed at readers 8-14 years old.
“Billy Bedivere” is the story of a young man who goes on a camping trip and faces big adventures, including having to defeat the Dragon Queen.
In “The Train from Outer Space,” a train, tunnel and mountain mysteriously appear in a young man’s backyard. These are just the first signs of an alien war.
Other books of interest:
“Esprit de Corp” (Sunstone Press, $18.95): Fresno author Connie Bertelsen Young tells story of a young man who enlists in the Marines to become the man he wants to be. It is based on stories told to her by retired Master Sargent Herbert H. Roebuck. Young has had short stories and articles published in eight books and various magazines and California newspapers.
“Equity Crowdfunding for Investors: A Guide to Risks, Returns, Regulations, Funding Portals, Due Diligence, and Deal Terms (Wiley Finance)” (Wiley, $40): Fresno attorney Matthew Nutting, who is a leader in crowdfunding, a fast-growing area of business finance, is the co-author of a book on the subject as well as numerous articles on the subject.
“Destination: Mystery!” (Darkhouse Books, $11.95): Clovis author JoAnne Lucas has a story, “To Put the Monster in Its Place,” in this anthology. It’s a tale of revenge, serious choices and an English lesson.