Elizabeth Gedney Christensen ’38 has written Acres of Loveliness: The Flower Seed Industry in Lompoc Valley, which was published by the Lompoc Valley (California) Botanic and Horticulture Society. Christensen was honored at a dinner with 100 people for her 90th birthday.
Lois Baker Janzer ’50 has published Fragrant Mountain (Press-22, Portland; book design by John Laursen ’67)—first in a three-part collection featuring Janzer’s translations from Chinese of the early poems of Fan Chengda (1127–93). One hundred copies were donated to both the Portland Classical Garden Society and the Portland-Suzhou Sister City Association.
L. David Ritchie ’65 has published a book on the cognitive theory of metaphor, Context and Connection in Metaphor: How Simple Ideas Shape Human Experience (Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, 2006), in which he proposes an original communication-based theory of metaphor while addressing prior theories on the subject. The cover image, designed by Anne Kohtz, represents Lamon Bay and Polillo Island, Luzon, Philippines, and is courtesy of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Stephen Foster ’69 has written Cosmopolitan Desire: Transcultural Dialogues and Antiterrorism in Morocco (AltaMira Press, 2006). Foster taught anthropology for several years before earning a master’s degree in nursing from the Yale University School of Nursing (1983). He followed his work as a staff nurse at San Francisco General Hospital with work as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, and is currently a house supervisor at the hospital. Foster received a post-doctoral fellowship as an independent scholar to write Cosmopolitan Desire, and is considering a new writing project about his hospital experience.
Body Tapestries, a book of poems by Stuart Lishan ’77 that received the 2005 Orphic Prize for Poetry, was published in September by Dreamhorse Press. In addition, a number of his collaborations with indie songwriter Andrea Perry have appeared in her third CD, River of Stars.
Neil Minturn ’79 published his second book, The Last Waltz of the Band (Pendragon Press, 2005). The book is volume two of a series, CMS Sourcebooks in American Music.
The third Canadian edition of Psychology: The Adaptive Mind, an introductory psychology text, for which Steve Lindsay ’81 is co-author, was published by Thomas Nelson in December. Lindsay’s term as editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General ends this year.
Larry Rinder ’83 has published Art Life: Selected Writings 1991–2005 (Gregory R. Miller & Co., 2005). The book, considered ideal for scholars and students alike, features Rinder’s essays—described as “entertaining, lyrical, and informative”—along with 85 color images. Rinder is Dean of the College at the California College of the Arts (CCA). A play, which he co-wrote with Kevin Killian, premiered at CCA in September. The Wishing Well includes a cast of poets, painters, musicians, film and video artists, photographers, writers, and curators.
Brendan McConville ’85 has published The King’s Three Faces: The Rise and Fall of Royal America, 1688–1776 (University of North Carolina Press, 2006). McConville, professor of history at Boston University, has also written These Daring Disturbers of the Public Peace: The Struggle for Property and Power in Early New Jersey (Cornell University Press, 1999), for which he received the 2001 Richard P. McCormick Prize for Scholarly Publication from the New Jersey Historical Commission and the 2003 Society of Cincinnati Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Early American History relating to the Mid-Atlantic.
Susie Davis ’88 and Gina Hyams are co-editors of Searching For Mary Poppins: Women Write about the Intense Relationship between Mothers and Nannies (Hudson Street Press, 2006), which addresses the unique intimacy of the nanny-mother relationship through personal narrative. Writers Marisa de los Santos, Susan Cheever, Joyce Maynard, Daphne Merkin, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Roxana Robinson, Rebecca Walker, and Elizabeth Graver, along with 17 others, explore the “nanny conundrum,” delving into the complex issues that today’s mothers experience when they turn the care of their children over to strangers.
Mark Redhead ’90 published Charles Taylor: Thinking and Living Deep Diversity (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). Redhead received tenure last June and was promoted to associate professor of political thought in the political science department at California State University, Fullerton.
Pieces by Stephanie Sakellaris Snyder ’91, director of Reed’s Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, and Steven Elliot ’92, are included in New and Used (Steidl Publishing, 2007), edited by Damon Krukowski. The collection of short fiction, prose, poems, and personal essays by notable writers and musicians is presented along with photographs by New York artist Marc Joseph. New and Used authors include Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, novelists Jonathan Lethem and Lydia Davis, critic and curator Bob Nickas, and poets Eileen Myles and Nick Tosches.
David Bloch ’93, a partner with Winston & Strawn’s San Francisco office, which specializes in intellectual property law, has published “Why Software Companies Must Consider the Government Market,” The Sterling Report (August 2006); “Special Report: Net Neutrality,” Icarus (August 2006); and “Gran Colombia Revisited: Spontaneous Currency Union in Central America,” Loyola University Chicago International Law Review (2006). This year, he is speaking for Stratford Legal Publishing on “Trademark Protection and Internet Advertising,” and for the D.C. Bar on “Preserving Intellectual Property Rights in Government Contracts.”
Julie Landweber ’93, assistant professor of European history and women’s studies at Montclair State University, has published “Celebrating Identity: Charting the History of Turkish Masquerade in Early Modern France” in Romance Studies Quarterly (November 2005).
Jemiah Levon Jefferson ’94 has a fourth novel, A Drop of Scarlet, published by Leisure Books in January 2007.
Jeremy Faludi ’95 has co-authored Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2006). Worldchanging is considered a groundbreaking compendium of the most innovative solutions, ideas, and inventions emerging today for building a sustainable, livable, prosperous future. An offshoot of the green design/technology/policy journal Worldchanging.com, the book brings together ideas from every corner of the globe. Bruce Sterling, who—in addition to former Vice President Al Gore—wrote a forward to the book, has identified www.worldchanging.com as “the most important website on the planet.” Faludi lives in Seattle, working as a freelance designer and engineer with a focus on eco-design (www.faludidesign.com).
Katherine Sharpe ’01 has published the second installment of “everybody’s favorite (and perhaps the only?)” journal of short-short nonfiction, 400 Words. The subject of issue two is compulsions—described in more than 40 tiny tales of addiction, annoyance, attraction, and aversion. A party to launch the issue was at Club Midway in New York in November.