Bookshelf News

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

4-Headed Woman
Tia Chucha, 2013
Paperback, 80 pages, $14.95

4-Headed Woman by Writing faculty member Opal Palmer Adisa is a journey into and through womanhood, from preadolescence through menopause, and an exploration of women’s relations with one another. The poems employ female domestic imagery to name different types of breads found throughout the world, from coconut to pita. The poems in the second section focus specifically on menses, weaving together biological, folk, and cultural aspects in a humorous tone. The third section, "Graffiti Poem," comprises poems centered around college restrooms, which Adisa sees as a site of communication for students on a wide variety of social-sexual issues.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Scrape the Willow Until It Sings
Heyday, 2013
Paperback, 288 pages, $35

Winner of the Commonwealth Club's California Book Award Gold Medal for Contributions to Publishing!

Over the last 50 years of diligent study and experimentation, Julia Parker (CCA Honorary Doctorate 2006) has emerged as one of the preeminent Native American basket makers of California. Distinguished Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo elder and longtime resident of Yosemite Valley, Parker is a prolific artist, teacher, and storyteller. Her body of work confirms that Native basketry is a thriving, ever-changing art form and a vital component of contemporary cultural production.

Alongside Parker's sensitively photographed work, the basket maker's words are stitched throughout with essays by the artist and scholar Deborah Valoma, chair of CCA’s Textiles Program. Valoma describes the historical and philosophical implications of basketry from a non-Native perspective. Basing her work on rigorous scholarship and a long-term personal relationship between author and artist, Valoma peels back cultural assumptions about Native American basketry to reveal the relevance of Parker’s embodied philosophies of thinking and making in the twenty-first century.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Smaller Than Life
Concrete Press, 2013
Hardcover, 80 pages, $57.99

Operating in the hybrid zone between sculpture, craft, miniature making, and conceptual art, Visual Studies faculty member Matteo Bittanti creates seven self-portraits that simultaneously appropriate and reconfigure a peculiar medium: die-cast model cars. This limited-edition book features photographs by the artist Colleen Flaherty and a long conversation between Bittanti and the Bay Area artist Juan Carlos Quintana.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Racing Coconuts Boats Around Red Rock
Hairy Fish Press, 2013
Hardcover, 78 pages

Wicky Sticket (Ceramics 1995) is the pen name of the author, illustrator, and publisher of Racing Coconuts Boats Around Red Rock. The author says:

“These events happened while racing my sailboat.
Every character and poem was created in clay.
The sand came from Baker Beach in Sausalito, California.
Buoy X is an actual buoy off San Francisco city front.
Sailor's also race around Red Rock, found in our bay.
The water was carefully tested for color, transparency, opacity, and harmony.
It’s a rhyming fiesta, with exotic foods included.
Along with a racing storyline, intrusions of kitchenware and possible seafood incidents, among many other issues arise.
A bit of a giggle fest can ensue, for the young and elderly alike.

Email hairyfishpress@gmail.com for pricing and to order.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition
Prestel, 2013
Hardcover, 258 pages, $75

This exhibition catalogue, published by Prestel and the de Young Museum, was designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish. It captures the grand scale and vibrant color of Hockney's work of the 21st century. In the past decade, having returned to England after years on the California coast, Hockney has focused his attention on both landscapes and portraits, all the while maintaining his fascination with digital technology. The resulting work is full of color and light, ranging in dimension from billboard-size to letter-size.

The catalogue features more than 100 full-color works of art from museum collections and Hockney's private studio, including such major new works as The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate Wood, The Bigger Message, and Bigger Yosemite. It also includes multiple-image galleries (spread over gatefolds) of some of his iPad drawings and self-portraits, plus film stills from the artist's "Cubist" movies.

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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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