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A new look at Shawnee warrior Tecumseh

Terry Beckstrom’s second book “Spoken Silently, The Art and Practice of Reading People” expounds on one of his life passions.
Terry Beckstrom’s second book “Spoken Silently, The Art and Practice of Reading People” expounds on one of his life passions. Outskirts Press

Durham author L.C. Fiore re-imagines the legend of the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh in his latest novel, “The Last Great American Magic” (Can of Corn Media).

“I went to high school on Shawnee Run Road,” says Fiore, who spent most of his early years in Cincinnati. “We learned the history of the native peoples, the Hopewell, the Shawnee, the Miami, right alongside our ‘western’ history. But as far as local heroes went, I always preferred Tecumseh. It’s a story I’ve been in love with for as long as I can remember.”

Tecumseh, with his twin brother, The Prophet, worked to assemble a confederacy of native American tribes and fight back the advance of white settlers.

“The Last Great American Magic” is a story of one man struggling to define himself against a rapidly changing new-world order.

“Tecumseh fought with the Chickamauga in Tennessee and roamed as far north as Detroit and what was then known as Upper Canada,” Fiore says. “So although he was rooted in the Ohio country, he was really a national figure. His story is, above all else, a truly American story.”

New titles

“Thirty-One Steps to Fluent Spoken English” (CreateSpace) is a self-help book by author Zafar Khan. The book and accompanying CD offer conversational lessons with dialogues and vocabulary appropriate to real-life situations. Khan, who lives in Apex, says his best advice is: “Read, listen and repeat.”

Terry Beckstrom’s second book “Spoken Silently, The Art and Practice of Reading People” (Outskirts Press) expounds on one of his life passions. “There is not one area of life –personal, business or otherwise,” says Beckstrom, “that could not be enhanced from a sound understanding of the silent code of body language.” Beckstrom lives in Wake Forest.

“Victor’s Story” (CreateSpace), a novel by Raleigh’s Colin Matthews, is set in 2021 in Brazil, where American Victor Grolsch and others are working on a plan to kidnap the president of the United States. Colin Matthews is the pen name of Robert Campbell.

E-book

“Fly Away Days” (Amazon) by Steven Norton, is the coming-of-age story of young Evan Calhoun, a gay youth counting the days until he can escape his small town upbringing. One reviewer calls it “a fun, sassy blend of old North Carolina charm and New South moxie.” Norton, a hairstylist, owns Fly Salon in Raleigh.

Where’s Quail Ridge?

Quail Ridge Books on the Fly, the bookstore’s temporary location at North Hills, has closed so the staff can move all those books into its new home at 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road in Raleigh. The store expects to open around July 17. The exact day is “squishy” according to the website, as anyone who has ever moved will surely understand. Mystery writer Elizabeth George will be the first author hosted at the new store – on July 18.

Triangle-area authors: We want to hear about your new book. Send information to bookbeat@newsobserver.com. As space permits, we will mention self-published books by local authors that are for sale on commercial sites.

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