Seven books by Evanston authors. Photo by Natalie Wainwright

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This column comes out just once a month; to address the astonishing number of books and CDs that come out of Evanston it would have to be far more frequent. This is especially true now, when many writers are choosing to self-publish rather than go the traditional route. This issue’s R&B brings to the attention of RoundTablereaders a number of books by Evanstonians released recently through either means of publication. 

“Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning and Spiraling Storms” by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin. National Geographic. Loaded with photos, eye-catching graphics, exciting quotes, this kids’ book explains how tornadoes come to be, how they are watched by scientists and what damage they have wrought in the past.

“Unforgettable: Harrowing Futures, Horrors, & (Dark) Humor” by Paul McComas. Walkabout Publishing. A “genre collection” of the author’s writing, especially science fiction and horror, some of it is old, some new, some co-written with others and includes whole stories, excerpts, screenplays, photos, drawings and commentary. Mr. McComas has written, produced, acted and directed and brings his experience to this collection.

“Photo Finish” by John McEvoy. Poisoned Pen Press. Pub. date: June 5, 2012. “Photo Finish” is the fifth and newest mystery in Mr. McEvoy’s Jack Doyle series set in the world of horse racing. The former racing journalist puts to good use his extensive knowledge of the turf in every book. Mr. McEvoy will be signing copies at The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka, at 6:30 p.m. on May 30.

“The Write Book: An illustrated treasury of tips, tactics and tirades,” edited by Bob Perlongo. Art Direction Book Co.  Mr. Perlongo has collected interviews with authors, essays and selections by writers (one of them the very funny “Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences” by Mark Twain), quotes, cartoons and illustrations. Some are funny, some serious; almost all of them are heartfelt, all about aspects of writing.

“The Biggest Door” by Les Russo. All Things That Matter Press. This is a fictional autobiographical account of a man’s confrontation with financial disaster that depicts how, with the help of a dream therapist, an understanding wife and some Carmelite nuns, he transforms his life crisis gradually into a life success.

“A Simplicity Revolution: Finding Happiness in the New Reality” by Sue Schell. iUniverse Publishing. Ms. Schell says she is “an admitted social and political observer of life.” In this book she shares with readers her conclusions about what works in the face of these difficult economic times and the growing complexity of life. “Simplicity Revolution” shows, she says, ways to “not get distracted, and how not to lose sight of what really matters!”

“Running Commentary: A Life on the Run” by Will Van Dyke. Galloping Gertie Press. The book is, as its clever title states, an autobiography of the author and his love of the sport of running. An avid marathon runner, Mr. Van Dyke tells about his experiences and about his relationships with others who share his passion (among them his daughter and son).