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Manson book gets updated; story covers boy’s many personalities

New to the world of books this week in Fresno are the novel version of K. Raven Rozier’s screenplay about a child with multiple personalities and the re-release of a book about Corcoran State Prison’s most noted inmate, Charles Manson. Also, author Vincenza Scarpaci will be in town for a book signing.

“Last Door” (Lulu.com, $19.99) Fresno’s K. Raven Rozier’s new book looks at the true story of a young boy with more than 400 personalities and his family’s efforts to deal with the boy’s secrets.

The story was originally written as a screenplay to be shot in Fresno in 2007. The movie has been delayed but will be shot with Fresno’s Sid Haig as the director.

“We thought we would release the book to create some interest in the movie,” Rozier says. “A story of this magnitude does not come along often for a writer. After I had finished the screenplay, I realized the story was so rich I had to write a book.”

For more information go to lulu.com/lastdoor.

“Five to Die: The Book That Helped Convict Manson” (Thor Publishing, $14.95): Ivor Davis has released an updated version of his book to mark the 40th anniversary of the Sharon Tate murders.

“It has a lot of new startling information, particularly about how the Manson gang in jail are making money on the Internet selling everything from autographed photos, to erotic art, to religious sermons,” Ivor says.

The book first was released in January 1970, seven months before the trial of Charles Manson, Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel.

Ivor says the story is back in the news as Atkins will plead for “compassionate release” on Sept. 2 because she’s suffering from brain cancer.

Go to mansonbook.com for more information.

“The Journey of the Italians in America” (Pelican Pub Co., $40): Vincenza Scarpaci will speak and autograph her book at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at Barnes & Noble, 7849 N. Blackstone.

Scarpaci uses photography to examine the history and legacy and presence of Italians in America. The more than 400 photographs look at Italians’ influence on the arts, agriculture, industry, religion, cuisine, sports, and politics.

For more information go to www.italianamericanjourney.org.

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at rbentley@ fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6355. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.

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