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Barter World

Pam Glenn ’67 has published her novel Barter World (Class Action Ink, 2009). Once upon a time, she writes, a young girl traded a story for her life, a painter traded his art for stones, a farmer traded his mending for the love of a beautiful woman, and a boy traded his knowledge and patience for the moonagate shooter. And through it all, over centuries, the red stone necklace passed from hand to hand, generation to generation, around the globe.

Middling Folk: Three Seas, Three Centuries, One Scots-Irish Family

Linda Hammill Matthews ’67 is the author of Middling Folk: Three Seas, Three Centuries, One Scots-Irish Family (Chicago Review Press, 2009). The Hammills—millers, wagon makers, and blacksmiths—came from Scotland and Ireland to colonial Chesapeake Bay, and then moved on to the Pacific Northwest, where Linda was born. Middling Folk looks at the experiences of the middle classes—those who “quietly, century after century, conducted the business and built the livelihoods that made their societies prosper.” Cofounder and former publisher of Chicago Review Press, Linda is also coauthor of The Balancing Act: A Career and a Family, and a contributor to the Mill Racer, the monthly newsletter of the Occoquan Historical Society of Occoquan, Virginia. For a look at the book, reviews, and much more, visit—a site created by Linda’s son Clark.

Kaori O’Connor ’68 won the Sophie Coe Prize for 2009, an international scholarly award for an outstanding and original work of scholarship on food history, for her paper “The Hawai’ian Luau: Food as Tradition, Transgression, Transformation and Travel.” The paper appeared in the journal Food Culture and Society (2008). She is currently working on a new book, Lycra: The Anthropology of Stuff, to be published by Routledge in the near future.

Hastur Lord

Deborah J. Ross ’68 is coauthor of the sci-fi novel Hastur Lord (DAW Books, 2010). She also has published several short stories, including “The Price of Silence,” in Fantasy & Science Fiction (April/May, 2009), and “The Casket of Brass,” in Sword & Sorceress 24 (Norilana Books, 2009).

Glenn Littenberg ’69 is the author and editor of Coding Primer: A Resource for Gastroenterologists (American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2009).

The Widow’s Husband

Tamim Ansary ’70 is the author of The Widow’s Husband (Vox Novus, 2009)
—both a tragic love story and an epic work of historical fiction. As far as we can tell, Tamim has created the first novel to tell the story of British imperialism from the Afghan point of view. It is set in Afghanistan in 1841, the last year of the Afghan-British War.

Jeff Kovac ’70 has published the book Refusing War, Affirming Peace: A History of Civilian Public Service Camp #21 at Cascade Locks (Oregon State University Press, 2009), the story of one of the largest and longest-serving camps in the nonmilitary service system—and one of the most unusual. Jeff, who is professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, is an expert on scientific ethics and coauthor of The Ethical Chemist (Prentice Hall). He gave a reading at Powell’s Books in October 2009.

Conifers of the World: The Complete Reference

James Eckenwalder ’71 is the author of Conifers of the World: The Complete Reference (Timber Press, 2009). Comprising three decades’ worth of research, this definitive work provides up-to-date descriptions of all the true conifers of the world. It is the first comprehensive update of conifer taxonomy in nearly a century, and an essential reference for botanists, naturalists, and horticulturalists. James is associate professor of plant systematics in the botany department at the University of Toronto.

“Toward a Steady-State Economy,” by Susan Arterian Chang ’72, was featured in the summer 2009 issue of the Investment Professional, the magazine of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Susan is a contributing writer to the magazine and also writes for a number of publications on sustainable investing, risk management, renewable energy, and the new economy. See

Recent and upcoming publications by Leo Rubinfien ’74 include the essays “Another Trip through ‘The Americans,’” in Art in America (June 2009), and “Colors of Daylight,” in Kevin Moore’s book Starburst (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2010).

The Unconverted Self: Jews, Indians, and the Identity of Christian Europe

Jonathan Boyarin ’77, professor of modern Jewish thought at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, is the author of The Unconverted Self: Jews, Indians, and the Identity of Christian Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Jonathan explains that this book was nearly 20 years in the making. The inspiration for it grew out of his frustration at the exclusion of Jews and Jewishness from the emerging postcolonial discourse in the late ’80s. “It was obvious to me,” he says, “that the tendency was to see Jews as ‘already Europeans,’ somehow either complicit with or invisible in the colonial encounter. It was also obvious to me that Latin Christians’ encounter with the Jewish ‘other within,’ and their encounter with the colonized ‘other without,’ should be seen instead as part of one integrated process of making and unmaking Christian Europe. And that’s obviously an endless topic, so this short book should really be seen as an invitation to a necessary conversation about power, universality and the dimensions of difference.”

Alison Butler ’77 published “Microbial Iron Acquisition: Marine and Terrestrial Siderophores” in the journal Chemical Reviews. She is professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, where she heads the Butler Research Group focusing on vanadium bromoperoxidases and marine siderophores.

Douglas Forsyth ’77 published an article about the historic West End district of Toledo, Ohio, “America the Way It’s Supposed to Be,” in American Bungalow (summer 2009). The West End is a subject he knows well—he lives there. “It’s quite different from my academic work in historical political economy,” he tells us. “I think there will be more coming in American Bungalow.”

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness

John Hedtke ’77 has published The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness (Alpha, 2009) with Maurice Ramirez. “It’s my first non-computer book in seven years and it’s a real pleasure to write about something else for a change. It clears the palate.” Believe it or not, this is book number 26 for John.

The New Thanksgiving Table: An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food

The latest book by Diane LevKoy Morgan ’77, The New Thanksgiving Table: An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food (Chronicle Books, 2009), brings her collection of published cookbooks to 15. Tuck in for some delicious reading, and then continue the feast at Diane’s website,

Benjamin West and the Venetian Secret

Mark Aronson ’80 is coauthor of Benjamin West and the Venetian Secret, published in conjunction with an exhibition that ran from September 2008 to January 2009 at the Yale Center for British Art, where Mark is chief paintings conservator. Some readers will already be familiar with the great Anglo-American painter Benjamin West, but what in heaven’s name is the Venetian Secret? Don’t wonder idly—buy the book and find out.

Introducing Science Communication

Emma Weitkamp ’87 is coeditor of Introducing Science Communication (Palgrave, 2009). The book is a practical guide to the rapidly developing field. “From climate change to stem cell research, this book shows how to communicate complex scientific issues to the masses.”

Music and Cyberliberties

Patrick Burkart ’91, associate professor in the communication department at Texas A&M University, published Music and Cyberliberties with Wesleyan University Press in January. In the book, he tracks the migration of music advocacy and antimajor label activism since the court defeat of Napster and the ascendancy of the “Celestial Jukebox” model of music ecommerce. He also is the coauthor of Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006).

Beginning Arimaa: Chess Reborn beyond Computer Comprehension

Fritz Juhnke ’92 is the author of Beginning Arimaa: Chess Reborn beyond Computer Comprehension (Flying Camel Publications, 2009). Fritz is a two-time Arimaa world champion. Order a copy from his website,

Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend

Joshua Blu Buhs ’96 is the author of Bigfoot: The Life and Times of a Legend (University of Chicago Press, 2009). In Bigfoot, Joshua traces the “wild and woolly story of America’s favorite homegrown monster,” beginning with nineteenth-century accounts of wild men in American forests. Joshua earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. His dissertation was the foundation of his first book, The Fire Ant Wars: Nature, Science, and Public Policy in Twentieth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2004). He is at work on a third. For more information visit

Vancouver Art & Education

Melanie O’Brian ’96 is editor of Vancouver Art & Economies (Vancouver Pulp Press and Artspeak, 2007), a cross-disciplinary collection of essays on contemporary art and artists in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Melanie works as director and curator of Artspeak.

Jet Set Desolate

Andrea Lambert ’98 has written her first novel, Jet Set Desolate (Future Fiction London, 2009), a dive into postmillennial San Francisco, where electroclash cuts lines with the burgeoning dot-com bubble. Lorazepam and the Valley of Skin, a poetic duo, was published by valeveil of Stockholm in autumn 2009. Andrea earned an MFA in critical studies from the California Institute of the Arts in 2008; learn more about her doings at

An essay by Sunny Daly ’03, “Young Women as Activists in Contemporary Egypt: Anxiety, Leadership, and the Next Generation,” appears in the Journal of East Women’s Studies this month.

Freelance writer and editor Leila Kalmbach ’05 (, discussed the increasing challenge the economy has posed for the self-employed workforce, including freelancers and independent consultants, in her article “Soloists Not Alone,” which was published in the Austin Business Journal in September 2009.

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