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Durham resident Frank Fox was born in Oklahoma where times were hard during the days of the Dust Bowl. He was an orphan and his life had many ups and downs over the years, but through it all he felt protected by God as if inside a bubble. In 1949 he married his wife Juanita and they have shared a life together for 65 years.

Part diary, part travelogue, A Million Steps is a journey within a journey. After retiring from his job as a sales executive with a technology company, Kurt Koontz walked nearly 500 miles across Spain to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. While following the yellow arrows that mark the pilgrimage route, he also navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery, and love. He embraces the beauty of the countryside and joyful connections to other pilgrims from around the world.

Dan Barnett, book reviewer for the Chico Enterprise-Record whose "Biblio File" column appears in the Sunday Arts section, is Nancy's guest as they discuss 2013 local authors like Douglas Keister, Dick Cory, John Rudderow, Zigrid Vidners, Jay Fuller, and others.

Lori Jean Phipps writes books for big kids and little kids. In one of her books, she recorded what her day is like as a preschool teacher in Orland, California. In "Get It?" she records the words of the children themselves. "Tis the Season to be Molly" is one of her books for children that she illustrated herself.

Activist, writer, and teacher Brenda Hillman's new collection has been nominated for a National Book Award. This work concludes a four-book series exploring earth, air, water, and fire.

Chico shaman Victoria Hunt studied metaphysics and earth spirituality for over 20 years and especially Celtic spirituality. She says when we simply take a walk in nature, we can travel into "Faery" and bring wisdom from that consciousness to help make things better for everyone on this planet. Her book describes elementals (earth, water, fire, and air spirits), gnomes, elves, sylphs, as well as the significance of solstice and equinox; and why we should leave some part of Bidwell Park wild.

Peace activist James Douglass tediously researched previously unreleased documents from the 1960s and came up with startling conclusions about the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Peggy Jennings-Severe is a student services administrator at Butte College who wrote her book to help people create more loving and meaningful relationships by providing questions and activities to expand and deepen conversation at family gatherings, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays.

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