Photography

California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra

No need to hop on a plane to the East Coast! California has beautiful fall foliage, especially in the Sierra Nevada, which glows red and golden every year with aspens, cottonwoods, dogwoods, maples, and oaks. This compact, lively guide shows visitors where and how to capture the best images of turning leaves in the eastern […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-317-2
Price: $15.00

Children of Manzanar

Eleven tumultuous weeks after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, an act that authorized the U.S. Army to undertake the rapid removal of more than one hundred thousand Japanese and Japanese Americans from the West Coast. With only a few weeks (and sometimes only a few days) notice, families were forced to abandon their homes and, […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-160-4
Price: $17.95

Deeper Than Gold: A Guide to Indian Life in the Sierra Foothills

Brian Bibby brings together the present and the past—both ancient and recent—in a fascinating compilation of anecdote, myth, recollection, and reflection. Five years in the making and the result of almost thirty years of dedicated work among California’s native communities, Deeper Than Gold is a tribute to the people who know Gold Country best. Witness […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-930588-96-0
Price: $18.95

Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley

Join photographer Scott Squire and writer William Emery as they meander—bewildered, impressionable, and wry—through the roads, back roads, and backwaters of America’s greatest agricultural valley. Leaving behind the packaged comforts of supermarkets and restaurants, the pair roamed California’s Central Valley in search of “edibilists,” or those engaged in the production of their own food. Their […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-108-6
Price: $24.95

EMPIRE

In this book of photographs and essays, noted visual artist Lewis deSoto explores his birthplace and ancestral Cahuilla homeland, the “marvelous and abject” landscape of Southern California’s Inland Empire. Sixty intimate photos capture the paradoxes of the region’s deserts, lushly manicured lawns, freeways, and inland sea. Punctuating these single-frame images are panoramas of landscapes that […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-334-9
Price: $30.00

Everything Indicates: Bay Bridge Poems and Portraits

Local poets were hoisted up into the windy towers of the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in April 2011 to observe and map its progress and something of its soul. Their words, enhanced by the luminous photographs of Thomas Michael Alleman, are gathered in Everything Indicates, a tribute to the people […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-692-01691-6
Price: $20.00

First Families: A Photographic History of California Indians

When L. Frank and Marina Drummer went on the road in 2002, they set out to visit as many people from different California tribes as possible. Crisscrossing the state, they taped hundreds of hours of interviews and collected copies of nearly fifteen hundred family photos. The documentary project, funded by the California State Library and […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-013-3
Price: $27.50

Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936–1970

Forbidden City, USA captures the magic and glamour of the Chinese American nightclub scene, which peaked in San Francisco during World War II. In the 1930s and ’40s, audiences flocked to nightclubs to escape the problems of the day with a cocktail and a show. Filmmaker Arthur Dong spent twenty-five years interviewing the entertainers from this […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-0-9915733-0-1
Price: $29.95

Looking at Art, the Art of Looking

In museums across the world, Richard Nagler stationed himself in front of his chosen piece of art, waiting for someone to come along and complete it. The serendipitous, unstaged encounters between art and individuals documented in Looking at Art are the results of that patience. At first, the egalitarian relationship between person and artwork seems […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-268-7
Price: $45.00
Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-266-3
Price: $25.00

The Mission

Dick Evans captures the pulse of life in the Mission District, the San Francisco neighborhood known for its murals and Latin American culture—and more recently for its rapid gentrification. Intimate, colorful images depict a place filled with diverse residents, stately Victorian houses, hand-painted store signs, Carnaval dancers, Día de los Muertos celebrants, political activists, and […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-159714-360-8     available April 2017

Rivers of California: Nature’s Lifelines in the Golden State

The classic images of California are those of sunny beaches, redwoods, and the Sierra Nevada. Yet California is also a land of rivers—about ninety of them with thousands of forks, branches, and creeks. Totaling 194,000 miles, they cover more area than those of any other state but Alaska. With 176 exquisite photographs and original prose, […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-129-1
Price: $39.95

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

Sacrament: Homage to a River

“To fall in love with a wild river is to be changed forever, heart and soul. To fall for a river in California is to live with the scars and ghosts of loss.” In Sacrament: Homage to a River, Geoff Fricker’s atmospheric photographs reveal the geology, salmon runs, fluvial morphology, and human impact of the […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-243-4
Price: $45.00

Saltscapes: The Kite Aerial Photography of Cris Benton

On approach to SFO, a passenger glancing out the window will see the vivid patchwork of the South Bay’s salt evaporation ponds. After a century of industrial salt production, over ten thousand acres of this once vast marshland are now being restored to their natural state. Using a kite to fly a radio-controlled camera to […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-247-2
Price: $50.00

She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar

Dugan Aguilar (Mountain Maidu/Pit River/Walker River Paiute), a man of few words, speaks his heart through his photography. With nature’s light and a camera, he creates images of indigenous California people, photographs that embody the depth of their subjects’ beauty, strength, and humor. His portraits of people, places, and ceremonies combine the intimacy of family […]

Paperback, with flaps, ISBN: 978-1-59714-300-4
Price: $35.00

Sierra Starlight: The Astrophotography of Tony Rowell

Tony Rowell, son of wilderness photographer Galen Rowell, has created a compelling world in his “astrophotographs” of nighttime landscapes awash with light from the cosmos. This new book showcases iconic Sierra Nevada landmarks, both natural and manmade, against the spectacular night sky. The Milky Way illuminates a fleet of boats in the harbor at Lake […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-313-4
Price: $22.00

Soul Calling: A Photographic Journey through the Hmong Diaspora

The result of five years of courageous and heartfelt commitment, Soul Calling opens our eyes to the beauty, resilience and daily lives of the Hmong people, so recently displaced from their traditional homeland by the traumas of the Vietnam War. From the rice harvests and funerals of remote Hmong villages in the mountains of Laos […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-168-0
Price: $30.00

Vital Signs

The product of six years of reflection and documentation, Vital Signs takes us on a walk through one of California’s largest cities: San Bernardino—generally presented in the media as a center of urban blight and high crime. In this passionate collaboration, poet Juan Delgado and photographer Thomas McGovern celebrate the working-class Latino communities of the […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-250-2
Price: $18.95