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Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Tom Barbash at Mrs. Dalloway's Books in Berkeley for a reading from "Stay Up With Me"

MFA Program in Writing faculty member and critically acclaimed author, educator, and critic Tom Barbash has many notable literary successes under his belt.

His recent effort, however, a recently published collection of short stories, titled Stay Up With Me (Ecco/HarperCollins), puts him among some of the most celebrated writers of the day.

Barbash, who wrote the novel The Last Good Chance and the bestselling nonfiction work On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick & 9/11: A Story of Loss & Renewal, has also had his fiction appear in Tin House magazine, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Indiana Review, among other publications.

He is no stranger to seeing his words in print.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Archetypes in Branding: A Toolkit for Creatives and Strategists
HOW Books, 2012
Hardcover, 158 pages, $45

Margaret Hartwell (MBA in Design Strategy faculty) and Joshua C. Chen coauthored this book, which offers a highly participatory approach to brand development. Combined with a companion deck of 60 original archetype cards, this kit is a practical tool to reveal your brand's motivations, how it moves in the world, what its trigger points are and why it attracts certain customers; forge relationships with the myriad stakeholders that affect your business; and empower your team to access their creativity and innovate with integrity.

Readers can use this tool again and again to inform and enliven brand strategy, and to create resonant and authentic communications.

For more information visit archetypesinbranding.com.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Smarty Marty's Got Game
Cameron + Company, 2013
Hardcover, 40 pages, $10.77

Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) illustrated this book written by Amy G, an Emmy-Award winning reporter and Bay Area native who is entering her 20th year in the broadcasting industry and embarking upon her sixth season as a San Francisco Giants in-game reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

The book, which is aimed at both boys and girls, tells the story of older sister Marty, who teaches the game (and love) of baseball to her younger brother Mikey. Marty has always loved baseball and is known as "Smarty Marty" to her friends at school because she knows more about baseball than most grown-up baseball fans. Her younger brother, Mikey, just doesn't get it until he attends a real game and learns from Marty the ins and outs of baseball -- the lingo, the strategies, and more, often using real-life examples so Mikey can better understand.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Ann & Nan Are Anagrams
Chronicle Books, 2013
Hardcover, 36 pages, $16.99

Adam McCauley (Illustration faculty) illustrated this sequel to Mom and Dad are Palindromes. The story, by Mark Shulman, is about Robert (or Bert), who thought he had his hands full when his mom and dad were palindromes. But now, his Grandma Reagan is in anagram danger! In fact, his sisters, Ann and Nan, and almost every other thing in his world, have become anagrams. Can Robert (or Bert) figure out the answer to his word dilemma—or is he fated to live a scrambled life?

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Mountain of Paradise: Reflections on the Emergence of Greater California as a World Civilization
Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2013
Hardcover, 212 pages, $79.95

Mountain of Paradise by Critical Studies faculty member Josef Chytry challenges conventional taxonomies of world civilizations by introducing a new and formidable candidate: the civilization of Greater California presently incubating as the evolution of California into a veritable "nation-state" or "world commonwealth" according to contemporary commentators and scholars.

Through a series of reflective essays, Chytry clarifies the momentous implications of this claim by a thorough account of the genealogical origins of "California," permutation into its speculative moment of self-identity thanks to prolonged creative interchange with European thought and philosophy, advancement to status of a socioeconomic powerhouse by the 1950s and 1960s, invention of distinctly Californian variants of political economy by the 1970s and 1980s, and present domination over regions formerly classified as "Greater California."

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Minnows: A Shattered Novel
Journal of Experimental Fiction Press / Depth Charge Publishing, 2013
Paperback, 320 pages, $17

Jønathan Lyons (MFA Writing 2005) wrote this book about a child and his younger brother, who get out of school for the summer and have their world come crashing down around them, shards raining across the text. Creating this work of experimental fiction involved cutting up and rearranging blocks and columns of text, hanging them on walls throughout Lyons's basement, and then striving to bring this exploded narrative into a coherent whole.

Lyons lives and writes in Central Pennsylvania. He teaches writing and literature at Bucknell University. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Experimental Fiction, Hotel Amerika, Exquisite Corpse, and elsewhere.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Star 82 Review issues 2 and 3
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Paperback, 44 pages, $9.95

In the spirit of summer travel, the second issue of Star 82 Review, an online and print art and literature magazine edited by Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden, features personal essays, poems, and stories that revolve around planes, trains, and automobiles. Layered and worthy of multiple readings, these pieces deal with parents and children, dreams and daydreams, life-cycle events and life in general. A special feature is a page from Tom Phillips's A Humument app.

Contributors with CCA connection this issue: Zack Rogow, former MFA Program in Writing faculty.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Stay Up With Me
Ecco, 2013
Hardcover, 224 pages, $22.99

The stories in this collection by MFA in Writing faculty member Tom Barbash explore characters reacting to the chaos and consequences of their everyday lives, from fractured relationships to the loss of a loved one and instant regret. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes in her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting his and his wife's annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. "Somebody's Son" tells the story of a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks. And the narrator in "The Women" watches his widowed father become the toast of Manhattan's midlife dating scene, as he struggles to find his own footing in life.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections, and Frozen Treats Based on Iconic Works of Art
Ten Speed Press, 2013
Hardcover, 224 pages, $25

This book features recipes developed for SFMOMA’s fifth-floor Blue Bottle Café by CCA alumna Leah Rosenberg (MFA 2008), who is head pastry chef there.

The desserts are modeled after well-known modern and contemporary artworks, for instance a fudge pop based on an Ellsworth Kelly sculpture, a pristinely segmented cake fashioned after Mondrian, and works by Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse Cindy Sherman, Henri Matisse, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Avedon, and Wayne Thiebaud.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Ninth Page: Etel Adnan's Journalism 1972-74
CCA, 2013
Paperback, 128 pages, inquire to purchase

This book accompanies the thesis exhibition of the class of 2013 of CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. It was edited by faculty member Julian Myers-Szupinska and student Heidi Rabben, and it was designed by Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda.

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