Anthologies

Califlora: A Literary Field Guide

California plants range from microscopic mosses to giant sequoias, from desert cacti to rain forest ferns, from humble native grasses to flamboyant cultivated blossoms. With over six thousand species of astonishing variety, what grist for the literary mill! Novelists, poets, farmers, naturalists, foragers, botanists, and mythmakers have long exulted in the Golden State’s variety and […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-161-1
Price: $18.95

De-Bug: Voices from the Underside of Silicon Valley

No shuttle buses here: De-Bug, a new collection of true stories from the social justice organization of the same name, shows a side of working in Silicon Valley that you won’t read about in the business section. As tech moguls land the cover of Forbes, the South Bay’s working class is making ends meet as […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-319-6
Price: $16.00

Fightin’ Words: 25 Years of Provocative Poetry and Prose from “The Blue-Collar” PEN

Energy crackles through PEN Oakland’s new collection of poetry and prose, in which 125 works distill radical politics and the need for social justice into passionate literature. Pieces span the spectrum of human emotion: from rage, as in Floyd Salas’s declamation against torture, to grief in CB Follett’s “Words to the Mother Whose Son Shot My Son,” to joy and […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-615-96797-4
Price: $18.00

Fool’s Paradise: A Carey McWilliams Reader

“It suddenly occurred to me that, in all the world, there neither was nor would ever be another place like this City of the Angels. Here the American people were erupting, like lava from a volcano; here, indeed, was the place for me: a ringside seat at the circus.”—Carey McWilliams, in Southern California Country Carey […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-41-6
Price: $18.95

How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology

Hmong history and culture can be found in the form of oral stories, oral poetry, textile art, and music but there is no written account of Hmong life, by a Hmong hand, passed down through the centuries. As an undergraduate, Burlee Vang experienced this void when he received valuable advice from his English professor: “Write […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-150-5 Temporarily Out of Stock

LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas

Anthology Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards 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 […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-297-7
Price: $30.00

No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts

Feared and romanticized throughout the ages, the desert has a hold on our imagination that is never more evident than in the literature it has inspired. From Mary Austin’s meditations in The Land of Little Rain to Joan Didion’s acerbic cast of characters in Play It As It Lays, the desert’s seemingly barren landscapes have […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-098-0
Price: $21.95

No Rooms of Their Own: Women Writers of Early California, 1849-1869

In the wild, isolated Western frontier, where laws, traditions, and living conditions were like nowhere else in America, it was a bold act for a woman to write and to seek publication. Dame Shirley, Ina Coolbrith, and Mary Hallock Foote never achieved the fame and success of Mark Twain or Bret Harte, but they were […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-01-0
Price: $18.00

Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience

In the wake of wartime panic that followed the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, more than 100,000 Japanese Americans residing along the West Coast of the United States were uprooted from their homes and their communities and banished to internment camps throughout the country. Through personal documents, art, and propaganda, Only What We Could Carry […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-30-0
Price: $24.00

Orange County: A Literary Field Guide

Even by California’s standards, the County of Orange teems with abundance: in sweeping topography along the azure Pacific, in sprawling suburbs, in promises of prosperity, and in its self-perpetuated reputation as a citrus-lined paradise. But the acclaimed fertility of this corner of California is not just agricultural or economic, as this new anthology shows. In […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-387-5
Price: $22.00

Room to Breathe: The Wild Heart of the San Francisco Peninsula

With San Francisco and “Silicon Valley” just down the road, the hills and valleys of the San Francisco Peninsula would have been teeming with residential development had it not been for a group of visionaries who forty years ago created the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District*. More than two hundred miles of trails bring hikers, […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-199-4
Price: $24.95

SNAG Anthology: A Decade of Indigenous Media, 2003–2013

This full-color compendium of Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG) Magazine amasses a decade of indigenous media created by Native youth from throughout the Americas, and was produced with help from San Francisco youth during weekly publishing workshops. In essays, art, photos, and poetry, over 350 contributors tackle a range of topics as difficult as poverty […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-0692455326
Price: $40.00

Spring Salmon, Hurry to Me!: The Seasons of Native California

Spring Salmon, Hurry to Me! offers a literary calendar at once ancient and yet in some ways more relevant than the markers of time we are accustomed to. Combining old-time stories and sacred myths with contemporary poems and short stories, this collection articulates the cyclical changes in the natural world that occur each year. Originally […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-079-9
Price: $16.95

Trail Posts: A Literary Exploration of California’s State Parks

Two college students leap among the branches of a coastal redwood canopy, with no safety equipment other than their sense of balance. A woman gives her testimonio of the day in 1846 when boisterous men in coyote skins raised a hand-painted bear flag above her home. A beginning surfer—derogatorily termed a “kook”—ponders the grassroots activism […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-272-4
Price: $18.00