A pair of special events are planned Friday to mark the release of books that look at local history.
A book signing for "50 Unified Years: Building a Tradition of Excellence in Clovis Unified Before, During and After Unification" (Craven Street Books, $24.95), a publication celebrating the history of the Clovis Unified School District, takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble, 7849 N. Blackstone Ave.
Fresno artist Pat Hunter, writer Janice Stevens, Clovis Unified publication specialist Susan Sawyer Wise and a group of local writers plan to attend. The book was compiled and edited by Wise and CUSD director of communications Kelly Avants, illustrated by Hunter and written by a team of 17 local writers.
The book looks at how Clovis Unified grew from a collection of small rural schools to one educational system.
Also, the Hmong American Writers' Circle will host a free community event for the release of "How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology" (Heyday, $16.95). The reception is 7-9 p.m. at the Tower Theatre, 815 E Olive Ave. followed by a book signing at 9 p.m.
"How Do I Begin?" looks at the struggle to preserve the Hmong American experience and explores issues of cultural identity, war and resettlement and an adaptation to a new homeland.
This is the first anthology to feature the local community of Hmong-American writers.
Local writer and farmer David Mas Masumoto will speak.