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Fresh Ink

A selection of recent publications authored by Cal State Long Beach alumni.
Giant Killers book coverGiant Killers By Mark Barkawitz ’82, ’86 Woof Books In Barkawitz’s debut novel, a little leaguer and his single mom find their fortunes changing when a mysterious stranger arrives in their small town.

The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World book coverThe Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It’s a Mad World By Jeff Birkenstein ’96 with Anna Froula and Karen Randell Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press Birkenstein, an associate professor of English at St. Martin’s University in Washington, co-edited this analysis of Gilliam’s more than 40 years in TV and film.

Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush book coverFront Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush By Eric Draper ’01 University of Texas Press Draper, who served as chief White House photographer during the Bush administration, depicts the life of the president and his family, ranging from the events of 9/11 to behind the scenes.

Images: Memories of Mo book coverImages: Memories of Mo By Modesto Ellano ’90 Authorhouse Ellano, a 2003 CSULB Distinguished Alumnus who died in 2005, wrote his memoirs of going from barrio life to university faculty member. His wife, CSULB lecturer Claudia Ellano-Ota, recently published his recollections.

Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre book coverImperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre By Tim Gallagher ’79, ’83 Atria Books The editor of Living Bird magazine journeyed into Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental to seek the possibly-extinct imperial woodpecker, encountering drug traffickers along with the area’s natural beauty.

The Big Casino book coverThe Big Casino By Gig Goodloe (Gregory G. Goodloe) ’78 Llumina Press On 1950s Santa Catalina Island, private eye Travis Dugan investigates the disappearance of a wealthy heir and gets mixed up in searching for a fabulous sunken Chinese treasure and more.

How Do You Grab a Naked Lady? book coverHow Do You Grab a Naked Lady? By Sharon L. Hicks (Sharon Cooper Hicks) ’62 Abbott Press Hicks’ award-winning memoir with themes of self-discovery and the façade of the American Dream candidly exposes the realities of her mother’s mental illness and father’s business success.

The Making of Tron: How Tron Changed Visual Effects and Disney Forever book coverThe Making of Tron: How Tron Changed Visual Effects and Disney Forever By William Kallay ’92 CreateSpace Kallay, an award-winning filmmaker and writer, describes how this groundbreaking film changed moviegoers’ experiences and includes interviews with cast and crew members.

Homeless: The Dollmaker’s Web book coverHomeless: The Dollmaker’s Web By J. Keck (James E. Keck) ’74 BookBaby Keck’s novella is an inspiring story of trauma, survival and triumph in which two women and a therapist journey on a road of mutual discovery.

The Long Road Home book coverThe Long Road Home By Millie Ledford Lee ’78 Amazon Digital Services Living in the Appalachian Mountains in 1952, the Spurlock family finds their way following disappointment, heartbreak and soul-searching.

Letters & Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian book coverLetters & Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian By Bret Lott ’81 Crossway Lott, a New York Times best-selling author and College of Charleston English professor, explores the author’s craft through five thoughtful letters.

Beyond the Rio Grande book coverBeyond the Rio Grande By Steve Shaw ’71 iUniverse Shaw’s novel intertwines a love story, honor, friendship and the camaraderie of a special breed of men—the Texas Rangers.

The Guide to Successful Living book coverThe Guide to Successful Living By Obie R. Silverwood Jr. ’70 Occidental Books/www.archive.org “My degree contributed to my vocational and personal success,” Silverwood said. He has made his 1991 book available for free download at www.archive.org.

Moonman: New and Selected Poems book coverMoonman: New and Selected Poems By Clifton Snider ’69, ’71 World Parade Press The CSULB alumnus and English lecturer emeritus recently published a 40-year career poetry retrospective.

Possession book coverPossession By Kat Richardson (Kathleen Huffine Richardson) ’90 Roc Publishing Richardson’s eighth Greywalker novel continues the adventures of Seattle private investigator Harper Blaine, who can move between the worlds of the living and the paranormal.

An Early Apocalypse book coverAn Early Apocalypse By Carlos Solorzano ’96, ’04 Alpha Wolf Publishing The second Angelic Conspiracy novel finds Joaquin Alameda anticipating when Lucifer might try to seek revenge and unleash the Antichrist.

Tonya Harding Shot JFK: Dreams, Symbols & Synchronicity book coverTonya Harding Shot JFK: Dreams, Symbols & Synchronicity By Robert Urbanek ’73 Kindle Direct Publishing In this outrageous version of reality, Tonya Harding is the reincarnation of Lee Harvey Oswald and the Antichrist lives in a California retirement community.

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels book coverCold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels By J. Warner Wallace ’85 David C Cook The nationally-known speaker and author uses his skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs.

 

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