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Valley books roundup: ‘Rad’ author visits Fresno State, Chaz Bono to speak at FCC

Author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl will talk about their new book, “Rad American Women A–Z: Rebels, Trailblazers and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History ... and Our Future!” at Fresno State Friday, Oct. 9.
Author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl will talk about their new book, “Rad American Women A–Z: Rebels, Trailblazers and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History ... and Our Future!” at Fresno State Friday, Oct. 9. Special to The Bee

Author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl will talk about their new book, “Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History … and Our Future!” (City Lights Publishers, $14.95) at 7 p.m Friday, Oct. 9, at the Fresno State University Dining Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Rad American Women A-Z” features 26 inspiring women chosen for their accomplishments, including Angela Davis, Hazel Scott, Kate Bornstein, Dolores Huerta, Lucy Parsons and Patti Smith.

Schatz teaches fiction, poetry and journalism for grades 9-12 at Oakland School for the Arts. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction from Brown University and bachelor’s degrees in women’s studies and creative writing from University of California, Santa Cruz. Her fiction book, “Rid of Me: A Story,” was published in 2006.

Stahl is the co-founder of the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School, where she’s taught since 1995.

A catered reception for the book’s creators will begin at 6 p.m. Books will be available for sale and autographing after the presentation.

Parking in Lot P27 near Cedar and Shaw Avenues will be unrestricted.

The event is hosted by the Arne Nixon Center Advocates. For more information, go to www.radamericanwomen.com, or contact Jennifer Crow, curator for the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, at 559-278-8116.

Being honored

Local author Margarita Engle will be in New York on Friday, Oct. 16, to pick up the Jane Addams Book Award for her young adult verse novel, “Silver People, Voices From the Panama Canal” (HMH Books for Young Readers, $17.99).

The Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards are given annually to the children’s books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.

This comes in the wake of Engle being given the Americas Award at the Library of Congress for her book. This honor is given for Children’s and Young Adult Literature by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.

Special guest

Chaz Bono will be the special guest for the Fresno City College Speakers Forum. The LGBTQ activist and author will speak and hold a book signing starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Old Administration Building Auditorium. Admission is free.

Bono has written three books: “Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man,” “Family Outing: A Guide to the Coming Out Process for Gays, Lesbians, and Their Families” and “The End of Innocence: A Memoir.”

Call the Public Information Office at 559-489-2218 for more information or go to www.fresnocitycollege.edu/speakersforum.

Library of authors

The Oakhurst Library hosted its second annual Authors’ Faire on Saturday, Sept. 26. There were 26 authors, two illustrators, representatives of two publishers and two coaching groups looking to enroll new members in attendance.

The published authors ranged across all genres: children’s fiction, fantasy/sci-fi, historical fiction, mystery and non-fiction authors.

It was such a success, the Oakhurst Library staff is planning another event in 2017. For more information, go to www.oakhurstfobl.com.

Other local books of interest

The Gay Revolution” (Simon and Schuster, $35): Fresno State professor Dr. Lillian Faderman has written a book about the LGBTQ civil rights history. The book, that begins in the 1950s, looks at the decades of injustices, the early battles, the defeats and the victories of dozens of gay rights pioneers. It is available at amazon.com.

Train to Santolan: In the Shadow of Al-Qaeda” (Tate Publishing, $25.99): Tulare’s Phill Knudson’s book looks at a story of love that unfolds in a world of strict cultural traditions. At the same time, the couple must stay one step ahead of those who would hurt or kill them. The book is available at tatepublishing.com.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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