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Education author Jonathan Kozol to speak at Fresno State summit, plus books of local interest

Jonathan Kozol will be the keynote speaker at the California Latino Leadership Education Summit at Fresno State.
Jonathan Kozol will be the keynote speaker at the California Latino Leadership Education Summit at Fresno State.

Jonathan Kozol, an American writer, educator, and activist, will speak at the California Latino Leadership Education Summit at Fresno State.

The event is an interactive forum addressing barriers and proposing solutions to ensure educational success. Kozol is best known for his books on public education in the United States.

The first book Kozol authored, “Death at an Early Age,” chronicled his first year as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. The 1967 publication earned him the National Book Award in Science.

His other books include “Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools,” “Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation” and “Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America.”

Kozol also received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for “Rachel and Her Children” and has numerous other honors.

The Summit runs from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30.

Books of local interest:

“Rafiki” (self published, $14.95): Former Madera County District Attorney and retired judge David Minier’s novel is about a Fresno City College professor who goes to Uganda with a People’s Church medical mission and students from Fresno State and Fresno Pacific. In the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda, the professor forms a friendship with a mountain gorilla. It is available at www.amazon.com.

“The Beauty of Imperfection: The Dick Contino Story” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, $19.95): Now that noted accordion player Dick Contino has retired from 50 years in Las Vegas and Italian American Festivals, he has written a book that recounts his years in entertainment. Look for it as www.amazon.com.

“The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle” (Simon & Schuster, $35): Fresno State professor Lillian Faderman takes a look at the history of LGBT civil rights. Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. Her book is available at www.amazon.com.

“Train To Santolan” (Tate Publishing, $25.99): Tulare’s Phill Knudson’s book is a love story set in a world of very strict cultural rules. Look for it on the Tate Publishing website.

“A Way Across the Mountain: Joseph Walker’s 1833 Trans-Sierran Passage and the Myth of Yosemite’s Discovery” (University of Oklahoma Press, $39.95): California State University, East Bay, professor Scott Stine looks at the real story of Joseph Walker’s historical trip to Yosemite in 1833. Find it at www.amazon.com.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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