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Miss Lavington’s Bomb: Stories & Poems, by Art Washburn ’57, was published this year by Outskirts Press, Inc. The title story in the collection is based on Washburn’s experience as an air force sergeant in England. His career as an administrator and teacher of deaf children is reflected in several other stories. View from an English Window, Washburn’s oil painting, is the cover image of the book.

Norm Cohen ’58 has published a two-volume work, American Folk Songs:
A Regional Encyclopedia
(Greenwood Press, 2008). The collection describes the history, society, culture, and events characteristic of all 50 states, focusing on songs concerning the life and times of the people of that state. Cohen has edited and/or annotated more than three dozen albums of folk and country music. His previous work, Folk Music: A Regional Exploration, was published in 2005.

Cameroon’s Social Democratic Front: Its History and Prospects as an Opposition Political Party (1990–2011), by Milt Krieger ’60, was published this year by Langaa Press (Bamenda, Cameroon).

Robert Mann ’60 published The Candy Butcher: A Gothic Detective Story, as an Kindle Book (R.W. Mann, 2008). Mann is research director for Mike Oot for Congress in New York’s 23rd District.

Barbara Ehrenreich ’63 has written and published This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation (Metropolitan Books, 2008).

Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867–1957 (Oregon State Press and the Northwest Photography Archive, 2008) is the first in the new Northwest Photography Series by John Laursen ’67 and Terry Toedtemeier, Portland Art Museum curator of photography. It is a large-format book of 135 historic images—many of which have never before been published or exhibited—by photographers from Carleton Watkins to Ray Atkeson. A corresponding exhibition at the art museum runs through January 11, 2009.

An essay by Sibylle Hechtel ’72, “Bev’s and My Grand Adventure,” was published in Alpinist magazine (, issue 25, in September.

Michael (’76) Schein’s debut historical novel, Just Deceits, was published in September by Bennett & Hastings Publishing. The novel is set in 1793, when the most powerful family in Virginia found itself embroiled in scandal: Richard Randolph and his sister-in-law, Nancy Randolph, were charged with adultery and infanticide. Based on actual events, Just Deceits tells the story of the “Trial of the Century”—
as the remarkable defense team of Patrick Henry and John Marshall battled each other, their clients, family intrigue, the prosecution, and the truth itself, trying to save their clients from the gallows. For more details about the author, the book, and to order a copy, visit

Martin Schell MAT ’77 is an independent scholar and an adjunct professor at Stern School of Business. After contributing chapters on the global use of English to several books, his article “Colinguals among Bilinguals” was published in the journal World Englishes in February. The article distinguishes between actual varieties of English (e.g., Indian, Singaporean, Jamaican) and potential varieties (e.g., Japanese, Chinese, Danish) by pointing out that people in the latter category don’t speak the language with each other unless outsiders are present. Schell spends most of the year in his wife’s hometown in Central Java.

A new book, Master of Ceremonies: A True Story of Love, Murder, Roller Skates and Chippendales (Canongate/Grove Atlantic), by David Sterry ’78, was published in August. Sterry designed an event tour, Art of the Memoir, connected with the book release, with talks by Sterry and other memoirists and publishing experts about the “joys and perils” of writing and selling one’s story. The tour included 20 events in New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and St. Louis, in September and October. Sterry also published two books this summer, The Artist in Me and The Writer in Me (Workman Press). In other news, Showtime is making a TV series out of Chicken, his first memoir. He sold a book to Soft Skull, Ho’s, Hustler’s, Rentboys and Callgirls: Prostitutes Writing on Sex, Love, Work & Money; publication date is set for Spring 2009. Sterry’s story in San Francisco Noir was a finalist for the Henry Miller Award (

Lise Funderburg ’82 has written a memoir, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home (Free Press, 2008). Funderburg, who teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania, has also written Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity (Harper Perennial, 1995), and is a contributor to O, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, and Newsday.

Greta (Muelder) Christina ’83 is the editor of Best Erotic Comics 2008, the first volume of an annual series published by Last Gasp. This is her third book, following Three Kinds of Asking for It and the anthology Paying for It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients. She has also been blogging for over three years at


Democracy and U.S. Policy in Latin America during the Truman Years (University Press of Florida, 2003), by Steven Schwartzberg ’84, appears in paperback this fall.

Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty, by Julie Nelson Davis ’85, was published by Reaktion Books and the University of Hawai’i Press last year. Her most recent catalogue essay, “Tsutaya Jûzaburô, Master Publisher,” appeared in Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680–1860, edited by Julia Meech and Jane Oliver (University of Washington Press, 2008).

Building the Devil’s Empire: French Colonial New Orleans, by Shannon Lee Dawdy ’88, was published by the University of Chicago Press in September. Dawdy is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Alafair Burke ’91 has published Angel’s Tip (Harper, 2008), a second book in her Ellie Hatcher series, and did a reading at Powell’s (City of Books) in August.

“After years of procrastination, avoidance, trepidation and a general lack of motivation, I somehow finally managed to get my Ph.D. converted to a proper book and published.” The Politics of Peripheral Shopping Centre Development in Northwest Europe in the 1990s: The Cases of Manchester, Amsterdam, and Oberhausen, by David Evers ’91, was published by Edwin Mellen Press.

Military Education and the Emerging Middle Class in the Old South, by Jennifer Green ’92, was published in August by Cambridge University Press. She is associate professor of history at Central Michigan University.

An avid collector of works by Danish designer Jens Quistgaard, Mark Perlson ’92 has written Danish Pepper: Jens Quistgaard’s Teak Pepper Mills—the first book about the designer and Perlson’s first book. Perlson is a producer in Apple’s Graphic Design group, managing interactive creative and technology projects, and has written for Ready Made magazine and numerous furniture design projects. Before moving to San Francisco, where he lives with his wife and daughter, he managed several record labels in New York and produced numerous media projects, including over 100 CDs. He also served as music supervisor for the feature-length motion picture Modulations. For more information about his work and the book, visit

Settling Down: WWII Veterans’ Challenge to the Postwar Consensus, by Robert Francis Saxe ’93, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in December 2007. Saxe is assistant professor in the history department at Rhodes College.

Gregg Mosson ’97 has published his first book, Season of Flowers and Dust (Goose River Press)—a selection of nature poetry that explores the seasonal cycles of the Pacific Northwest. More information is available at and at

Chris Moses ’02 has published ‘Tis of Thee: Reflections on the Fourth of July (The Crumpled Press, 2008). Moses is a graduate student in the Princeton University history department.

Laura Birek ’03 has published Picture Perfect Knits: Step-By-Step Intarsia with More than 50 Inspiring Patterns (Chronicle Books, 2008). Birek lives in Los Angeles, and divides her time between writing, web development, and knitting.

Daniel Denvir ’05, a freelance journalist in Quito, Ecuador, serves as editor-in-chief for a new publication, Caterwaul Quarterly. The first issue was published this June. The periodical is available through a free e-subscription at, and has been designed as an “old-fashioned magazine” in a pdf format. Caterwaul Quarterly looks at topics in politics, science, literature, and the arts. CQ also publishes creative writing along with visual, sound, and video art. Layout editor Katie Sabo ’07 notes, “Working on CQ has certainly been a learning curve but I think we are hitting our stride with the second issue. It’s been great to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances through a common project.” Reedies involved in the editorial collective include Benjamin O’Donnell ’05, web editor; those who contributed to the first edition, but not as editors, are Matt Wasserman ’07 and Shulamit Seidler-Feller ’05. The politics and society editorial collective includes editor Adam Goldstein ’05, Osman Balkan ’05, Israel Cruz ’06, Denvir, Thea Riofrancos ’06, and Rachel Wilch ’04. Members of the arts and culture editorial collective are Nicholas Callaway ’07 and Sara Lafleur-Vetter ’05, co-editors; Celeste Broderick ’06; Ryan Dunn ’03. The literature collective includes editor Ryann Liebenthal ’05; Alea Adigweme ’06; Kasia Bartoszynska ’04; Rebecca Gaydos ’06; and Kate Maxwell, visiting student from Brown in 2003–04. Members of the popular science editorial collective are editor Ben Pedroja ’05 and Jen Carroll ’03. Submissions are encouraged!

Lennie Larkin ’05 has translated The Riddle of Qaf, a novel by noted Brazilian author Alberto Mussa. The book was published by the independent British publisher aflame books in October. The Riddle of Qaf has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Casa de Las Americas award. “Alberto Mussa has taken a completely unexpected path in Brazilian literature with a rewriting of Arab mythology. He has done so with a creative assuredness,” noted the Jornal do Brasil. Larkin currently works as an advocate at a nonprofit in Boston, and is a budding translator in her spare time.

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