Lygren, Emilie

Emilie Lygren


Educator, author, and poet Emilie Lygren grew up among oaks, scrub, and seashore in central California. She has cowritten dozens of outdoor science activities and publications with the BEETLES Project. Her poetry has been published in several journals, including Askew and The English Leadership Quarterly. Overall, Lygren seeks to spark curiosity and connection through her writing and teaching. For her outdoor science work, visit beetlesproject.org.


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Hogue, James N.

James N. Hogue


Dr. James N. Hogue is a research associate at the NHM with a PhD in aquatic ecology from Utah State. He is manager of the biological collections in the department of biology at California State University, Northridge, and is also a part-time lecturer there.


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Hmong American Writers' Circle

Hmong American Writers’ Circle


Founded in 2004, Hmong American Writers’ Circle (HAWC) has served as a forum to discover and foster creative writing within the Hmong community. HAWC coordinates monthly writing workshops and provides educational/professional support and networking opportunities to emerging writers in California’s Central Valley. Its members have partaken in writing residencies at Hedgebrook and conferences such as Kundiman, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and Tinhouse, and have published their work with Random House, New Rivers Press, Heyday, Swan Scythe Press, and the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Their writings have also appeared in literary journals such as Ploughshares, North American Review, In the Grove, Paj Ntaub Voice, Hyphen Magazine, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among many others. Through the years, HAWC’s efforts and achievements have been geared toward the creation of a visible body of Hmong American literature and the establishment of a Hmong literary culture. To find more information about HAWC, visit hmongwriters.org.


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The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street

The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street


Paperback, with flaps, 6 x 9, 176 pages, with full-color images throughout. ISBN: 9781597143899. Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore.

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By Frances Bransten Rothmann; Foreword by Kevin Starr


Outfitted with a new foreword by Kevin Starr, this account of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century San Francisco vividly evokes the luxurious lifestyle and close bond shared by sisters Alice Haas Lilienthal and Florine Haas Bransten. While author Frances Bransten Rothmann recreates her mother and aunt’s world of leisure with lively descriptions of high tea at the Palace Hotel, excursions across oceans, and extravagant holiday celebrations that overfilled ballrooms with celebrants, her narrative is much more than a chronicle of empty opulence. Rothmann makes clear that the true treasure of those Franklin Street houses was Florine and Alice’s devotion to each other, their families, and their community. In inhabiting the sisters’ daily lives of telephone calls, errands, inside jokes, and myriad philanthropic projects, we can delight in the profound sense of wellbeing—of home—that emanates from the pages. And by witnessing two lifetimes full of kindnesses that extended from family to perfect strangers, we too can see the best in others and in the marvelous City by the Bay.

Published in collaboration with San Francisco Heritage on the occasion of their completing the renovation of the Haas-Lilienthal House, this book brings to life a San Francisco of the past and tells the story of a family united by love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Frances Bransten Rothmann (1914–1984) was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from Barnard College in 1937. In addition to The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street, she authored the book My Father, Edward Bransten: His Life and Letters (Judah L. Magnes Museum, 1982).


Rothmann, Frances Bransten

Frances Bransten Rothman


Frances Bransten Rothmann (1914–1984) was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from Barnard College in 1937. In addition to The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street, she authored the book My Father, Edward Bransten: His Life and Letters (Judah L. Magnes Museum, 1982).


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California Plants

California Plants


Paperback, 6 x 9, 320 pages, with 1,150 full-color photos and maps. ISBN: 9780999896006. Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore.

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By Matt Ritter; Foreword by Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor of California


California Plants is an essential resource for outdoor enthusiasts. With his vibrant photographs and lively writing, Matt Ritter takes the reader on a journey through the Golden State’s iconic landscapes and abundant plant life. This definitive guide features more than 500 species, along with detailed descriptions, fascinating natural history stories, and handy tree and wildflower color identification charts.

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Matt Ritter studies cultivated trees and trees that escape cultivation. He has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a Ph.D. in plant development biology. He is currently a botany professor in the biological sciences department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and director of the plant conservatory there. He has authored numerous scientific papers about plants and contributed to botanical references including the upcoming second edition of the Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California and the Flora of North America Project. He holds a Kenan Fellowship at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, is the Ray Collett Visiting Scholar at the UC Santa Cruz arboretum, teaches for the Organization of Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, and is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee. Visit his website at mattritter.net.


Farmer, Jared

Jared Farmer


Jared Farmer is a professor of history at Stony Brook University who specializes in the environmental history of the American West. He is the author of two previous books: Glen Canyon Dammed: Inventing Lake Powell and the Canyon Country (University of Arizona Press, 1999) and On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape (Harvard University Press, 2008). He is the winner of nine book prizes, numerous fellowships, and the Hiett Prize in the Humanities.


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Trees in Paradise

Trees in Paradise


Paperback, with flaps, 6 x 9, 592 pages, 7 black-and-white images. ISBN: 9781597143929. Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore.

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By Jared Farmer


At the intersection of plants and politics, Trees in Paradise is an examination of ecological mythmaking and conquest. The first Americans who looked out over California saw arid grasslands and chaparral, and over the course of generations, they remade those landscapes according to the aesthetic values and economic interests of settlers, urban planners, and boosters. In the San Fernando Valley, entrepreneurs amassed fortunes from vast citrus groves; in the Bay Area, gum trees planted to beautify neighborhoods fed wildfires; and across the state, the palm came to stand for the ease and luxury of the rapidly expanding suburbs. Meanwhile, thousands of native redwoods and sequoias were logged to satisfy the insatiable urbanizing impulse. Revealing differing visions of what California should and could be, this natural and unnatural history unravels the network of forces that shape our most fundamental sense of place.

2015 Winner of the Organization of American Historians’ Ray Allen Billington Prize

Winner of the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award, Forest History Society

Winner of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize, Foundation for Landscape Studies

Finalist, Spur Award for Nonfiction Contemporary, Western Writers of America

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jared Farmer


Jared Farmer is a professor of history at Stony Brook University who specializes in the environmental history of the American West. He is the author of two previous books: Glen Canyon Dammed: Inventing Lake Powell and the Canyon Country (University of Arizona Press, 1999) and On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape (Harvard University Press, 2008). He is the winner of nine book prizes, numerous fellowships, and the Hiett Prize in the Humanities.


LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas

LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas


Paperback, with flaps, 8 x 10,
248 pages, with 19 full-color maps and infographics. 
ISBN: 9781597142977. Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore.

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Edited by Patricia Wakida; Foreward by Luis Alfaro; Introduction by Glen Creason


This literary and cartographic exploration of Los Angeles reorients our understanding of the city in highly imaginative ways. Illuminated by boldly conceived and artfully rendered maps and infographics, nineteen essays by LA’s most exciting writers reveal complex histories and perspectives of a place notorious for superficiality. This chorus of voices explores wildly different subjects: Cindi Alvitre unveils the indigenous Tongva presence of the Los Angeles Basin; Michael Jaime-Becerra takes us into the smoky, spicy kitchens of a family taquero business in El Monte; Steve Graves traces the cowboy-and-spacemen-themed landscapes of the San Fernando Valley. Overlooked sites and phenomena become apparent: LGBT churches and synagogues, a fabled “Cycleway,” mustachioed golden carp, urban forests, lost buildings, ugly buildings. What has been ignored, such as environmental and social injustice, is addressed with powerful anger and elegiac sadness, and what has been maligned is reexamined with a sense of pride: the city’s freeways, for example, take the shape of a dove when viewed from midair and pulsate with wailing blues, surf rock, and brassy banda.

Inspired by other texts that combine literature and landscape, including Rebecca Solnit’s Infinite City, this book’s juxtapositions make surprising connections and stir up undercurrents of truth. To all those who inhabit, love, or seek to understand Los Angeles, LAtitudes gives meaning and reward.


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“In consciously directing readers down a series of proverbial paths less taken, LAtitudes belies that laziest of stereotypes of Los Angeles as a homogenous, undifferentiated mass. As the book makes clear, the city is both palimpsest and jigsaw puzzle, all layers and fragments.”

—Oliver Wang, Los Angeles Times

“Written by an eclectic group of wits and scholars, this colorful and beautifully designed volume can be read again and again.”

—Jill Stewart, LA Weekly

“Expresses the soul and spirit of Los Angeles.”

—Glen Creason, Los Angeles Magazine

“Whole-heartedly embraces the Whitmanesque myth of Los Angeles: ‘Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.’”

—Jon Christensen, LA Observed

“A great addition to any proud Angeleno’s library.”

—Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Terrain

“A valuable contribution to the growing list of books in the geography of LA Letters.”

—Mike Sonksen, LA Letters

“Unique, fascinating, and totally fresh.…Oh, yes, and LAtitudes has plenty of attitude. A must for anyone interested in Los Angeles history, culture, geography, or food.”

—Lisa See, author of Shanghai Girls: A Novel

“As a geographer I’m always quick to describe LA as a failed city, an urban planning horror that has led to people like me who lived sixty miles from downtown to claim they’re ‘basically from LA.’ After reading LAtitudes, however, I returned to Los Angeles this year with a newfound respect for the hopeful attempts, negotiations, complications, and mistakes that have made the city what it is today: a composite urban behemoth of bewildering beauty. The only thing more enticing than the quality of the prose in this book is the depth of the ideas contained therein.”

—Bradley L. Garrett, author of Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City

“A humane and beautifully written biography of the city that is also a lyrical exploration of its many layers…a source of inspiration and surprise for those of us who think we know LA as well those who have only imagined it from afar.”

—Alastair Bonnett, author of Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

“Here we have a volume that, through stories of LA’s history, tells stories of our present and foretells our future. Based on insights from a diverse group of authors, LAtitudes reveals not only our geography but our complicated, dark, and hopeful soul for those that seek to understand our glorious city.”

—Karen Mack, founder and executive director, LA Commons

“Offers the reader secrets that Google Maps is incapable of finding, navigation tips through the past, present, and future that Waze cannot fathom, and an understanding of Los Angeles that our trusted Thomas Guides could never reveal. What you hold in your hand is the new essential atlas for Los Angeles.”

—Aaron Paley, cofounder, CARS and CicLAvia

“Through original and illustrative cartography, the stories of LA’s past and present are told the way they should be—dynamically with essays rich in historical content and distinct Angeleno experiences.”

—Liza Posas, coordinator, LA as Subject

“When I created my atlas of San Francisco, I was hoping that we were at the dawn of a new era of inventive, subversive, gorgeous mapping and social geographies. Let a thousand atlases bloom, I kept muttering, and I couldn’t be more pleased that the first horse out of the gate—first tiger lily in the flowerbed?—is of the city of angels and overpasses and pastrami and tacos, of forgotten rivers, wars, refugees, voters, homesteaders, of dreams busy biting the dust and tribes miraculously reappearing. Cities are inexhaustible; they exist in countless versions, depending on who you ask and where you go and what you want; and an atlas like LAtitudes invites you to open up other people’s versions and in so doing find your own.”

—Rebecca Solnit, author of Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

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Patricia Wakida’s published books, essays, stories, and poetry include: Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment ExperienceGenerations ExperienceA Japanese American Community PortraitLetters of Intent, the San Francisco Bay GuardianNikkei HeritageKyoto JournalSanta Barbara Review, and the International Quarterly.


Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tide Pools

Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tide Pools


Paperback, 5 x 7, 96 pages, with full-color illustrations throughout. ISBN: 9781597143028. Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore.

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By Marni Fylling


This scientifically accurate yet utterly charming field guide to the Pacific coast intertidal zone introduces readers to a world populated by spectacular wildlife: 150-year-old giant green anemones that paralyze their prey with their petal-like tentacles; sunflower sea stars that traverse the tide pool floor on twenty-four limbs; orange-tipped, opalescent sea slugs that dabble in cannibalism; and much, much more. Small enough to fit in a back pocket during a beach hike, the guide contains concise descriptions of tide pools’ most common residents, noting each organism’s size and zonation, as well as a few of its fascinating (and sometimes grotesque) habits. Full-color illustrations reminiscent of prints by Ernst Haeckel help tide poolers with easy identification.

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Marni Fylling has been enchanted by the natural world for as long as she can remember, finding her earliest inspirations in her urban backyard and her dad’s college biology textbook. She studied zoology at UC Davis and natural science illustration at UC Santa Cruz. A science illustrator, writer, and educator, her favorite activity is exploring tide pools, although sketching insects and wildflowers (or just about anything else) is a close second. She is the author of two books with Heyday, Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tide Pools and Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Nature in Your Neighborhood.


Coyote at The Big Time: A California Indian 123

Coyote at the Big Time: a California Indian 123


Board book, 6 x 6, 28 pages, with full-color illustrations throughout. ISBN: 9781597144308. Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore.

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By Lyn Risling


The follow-up to Heyday’s best-selling A Is for Acorn takes young readers to a Native California Big Time, with Coyote as their guide. Counting from one clapperstick up to ten stars twinkling above the gathering, Coyote explores indigenous cultural traditions, including songs, dances, hand games, art–and, of course, delicious food. Lyn Risling’s beautiful illustrations depict the diversity of traditions that continue to thrive throughout the state. At once a fun introduction to numbers and a celebration of community, this lively counting book shows babies and toddlers how to take in the beautiful world around them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lyn Risling is an artist whose work reflects the revival and continuation of cultural traditions and the natural world of her tribal peoples, the Karuk, Yurok, and Hupa. Involved in many aspects of her cultures, she was a recipient of the Community Spirit Award from First Peoples Fund for her artwork and commitment to her Native culture and community. Lyn has shown her work throughout California, and her art can be found in tribal cultural curriculum, language materials, brochures, T-shirts, and posters.


Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

Los Angeles Times Editorial Board


Founded in 1881, the Los Angeles Times is the largest news-gathering organization west of the Mississippi. Now read by more than 50 million unique visitors monthly, The Times’ journalism has won forty-four Pulitzer Prizes, six of which were gold medals for public service. The editorials collected in this book are the work of The Times’ editorial board, which is responsible for determining the positions of the paper on the important issues of the day. Unlike articles written by the paper’s reporters in its news pages, editorials are works of opinion. They are unsigned because they represent the consensus of the board. The opinions expressed in these editorials were reached through a process of discussion and deliberation by editorial writers Kerry Cavanaugh, Mariel Garza, Robert Greene, Carla Hall, Karin Klein, Scott Martelle, and Michael McGough, working with editorial page editor Nicholas Goldberg and deputy editor Jon Healey.


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