Mormonism’s Last Colonizer: The Life and Times of William H. Smart, by Bill Smart ’48, has won the Mormon History Association’s biography of the year award and also the $2,500 Evans Handcart award for biography. Bill spent 40 years as a newspaperman, and, after retirement, published seven books, mostly in Western history and environmental conservation. This story of his grandfather was published by Utah State University Press.
Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints, the latest collaboration by Gary Snyder ’51 and woodcut and letterpress artist Tom Killion, features Gary’s poetry and an essay about Mt. Tamalpais—a California mountain he has hiked for over 60 years. The two also produced The High Sierra of California, in 2002, with Gary’s poems and journals and Tom’s woodcuts. Both books were published by Heyday Books.
Barbara Eells Tellman ’57 is coeditor of Ecology and Conservation of the San Pedro River (University of Arizona Press, 2009). The book provides perspectives from 57 contributors—including biologists, ecologists, and historians—addressing issues that range from flora and fauna to hydrology, and human use to preservation, and reveal the processes that shape the past, present, and future of the San Pedro’s riparian and aquatic ecosystems.
Sue Taylor Parker ’60, professor emerita of anthropology at Sonoma State University, is coauthor of Darwin’s Legacy: Scenarios in Human Evolution (Alta Mira Press, 2008).
Dan Friedman ’68, professor of economics at UC Santa Cruz, has written Morals and Markets: An Evolutionary Account of the Modern World (Macmillan, 2008). Dan has stated that the interplay of morals and markets is like a troubled marriage. “There’s friction, and sometimes the players work at cross-purposes, but I’m optimistic that this marriage can be saved.”
Deborah Ross ’68 edited Lace and Blade 2 (Norilana Books, 2009), an anthology of “elegant, witty, romantic fantasy.” Deborah’s story “The Price of Silence” was in Fantasy & Science Fiction (April/May, 2009), and her story “Remembering” was in Sword & Sorceress 23 (Norilana Books, 2008).
Richard Engeman ’69 has published two books: The Oregon Companion: An Historical Gazetteer of the Useful, the Curious, and the Arcane (Timber Press, 2009)—the essential A–Z Oregon handbook of over 1,000 people, places, and things—and Eating It Up in Eden: The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Book (White House Grocery Press, 2009)—with over 100 favorite recipes from Oregon farm and ranch families.
The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement, by Max Mehlman ’70, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2009). Max is Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and Professor of Bioethics, School of Medicine, and director of the Law-Medicine Center, at Case Western Reserve University.
David Fastovsky ’77 is coauthor of Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History (Cambridge University Press). Dinosaurs, his first foray into the textbook world, is intended for freshman-level science classes. His previous book with coauthor David B. Weishampel of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs (Cambridge University Press, 1996, 2005). David is professor of geosciences at the University of Rhode Island.
Lisa Dale Norton ’80 has written Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008)—now into its second printing.
The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word (Wiley, Jossey-Bass, 2008), is the newest book by Tony Simons ’82, associate professor of management and organization behavior at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Integrity Dividend is based on solid research and reveals that businesses led by managers of higher integrity enjoy deeper employee commitment, lower turnover, superior customer service, and substantially higher profitability. This improved performance is “the integrity dividend.” For more on Tony’s book and his related work and services, visit integritydividend.com.
What do a college town, a middle-school biology project, Sasquatch, psychics, missing persons, alien abduction, and a billion year-old human have in common? Find out by reading The Bog Monster of Booker Creek, published by Wayne Miller ’83 under a Creative Commons license at thebogmonster.com.
Lee Ann Fujii ’84 has published Killing Neighbors: Webs of Violence in Rwanda (Cornell University Press, 2009). Lee Ann’s extensive interviews in Rwandan prisons and two rural communities form the basis for her claim that mass participation in the genocide was not the result of ethnic antagonisms, but rather that the social context of action was critical.
A fifth novel, Trouble, by Kate Christensen-Lewis ’86, was published by Knopf in June. Trouble is described as “a funny, piercing, and moving examination of the battle between the need for connection and the quest for freedom that every modern woman must fight.”
Laura Atkins ’92 is co-editor of An Invitation to Explore: New International Perspectives on Children’s Literature (Pied Piper Publishing, 2009), which includes her chapter, “Graphic Images: Depicting the Bombing of Hiroshima in the Graphic Novel Barefoot Gen.” Her essay, “Editorial Reflections: Cultural Expression and the Children’s Publication Process in the U.S.A.,” was included in Expectations and Experiences: Children, Childhood & Children’s Literature (Pied Piper Publishing, 2007).
David Bloch ’93 has published his first book, Intellectual Property in Government Contracts (Oxford University Press, 2009)—a comprehensive appraisal of the intellectual property implications of state and federal procurement programs in the U.S.
Benjamin Sutcliffe ’96, assistant professor of Russian at Miami University in Ohio, has written The Prose of Life: Russian Women Writers from Khrushchev to Putin (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009). Benjamin’s study of six writers is the first sustained examination of how and why everyday life as a literary and philosophical category catalyzed the development of post-Stalinist Russian women’s prose, particularly since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Paul Koubek ’96 coedited and contributed an essay to the third edition of the book Nols Wildnerness Mountaineering (Stackpole Books, 2009), which was written by Phil Powers, current head of the American Alpine Club.
Anthony Vinci ’00 is the author of Armed Groups and the Balance of Power: The International Relations of Terrorists, Warlords and Insurgents (Routledge, 2008). The book provides a framework for understanding the international relations of armed groups, which play an increasingly important role in the international system. Anthony earned his PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics.