BOOKS FROM VAL­LEY AU­THORS

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STEP LIGHTLY

Au­thor: Ken­dall Klym, for­mer Fresno jour­nal­ist

De­scrip­tion: The col­lec­tion of 15 short sto­ries fo­cuses on the world of dance, grap­pling with mean­ings be­hind move­ment that de­fine who we are and what we do with our lives. Chal­leng­ing and ex­pand­ing ac­cepted def­i­ni­tions of dance, each story cen­ters on phys­i­cal move­ment as a driv­ing force, plac­ing char­ac­ters in pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tions and lead­ing to un­usual out­comes. The col­lec­tion in­cludes a tragic trib­ute to Fred As­taire and Gin­ger Rogers, a dance nar­ra­tive de­signed as a mul­ti­ple­choice quiz and a recipe in­can­ta­tion that brings back the ghost of a fa­mous bal­le­rina. (Liv­ingston Press, 198 pages)

Klym will stop in Clo­vis at A Book Barn on Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. as part of his read­ing tour.

Avail­able from Liv­ingston Press, $15.95 for trade pa­per, $23.95 for hard­cover, kendal­lk­lym.com.

THE NORTH WIND KNOWS MY NAME

Au­thor: Al­bert McLeod, re­tired Fresno State pro­fes­sor

De­scrip­tion: In Al­bert McLeod’s vi­brant mem­oir, we see again that you can take the boy out of the coun­try, but you can’t take the coun­try out of the boy. In 1956, at age 17, he leaves the prim­i­tive fam­ily farm on the frozen prairie of Manitoba for the bright lights of Win­nipeg. The jour­ney winds all the way to his class­room at Fresno State where he is in­trigued by Bud­dhism and trained in gestalt ther­apy and the the­o­ries of Carl Jung. McLeod views his life as a holy roller coaster ride. Big skies, vast prairie hori­zons and north­ern lights in­vite flights of imag­i­na­tion, won­der, and grat­i­tude. (CreateS­pace In­de­pen­dent Pub­lish­ing Plat­form, 438 pages)

Avail­able on Ama­zon, $15.25 for pa­per­back, free on Kin­dle Un­lim­ited.

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