An Invitation to the San Francisco Release Party for Nonstop Metropolis at McRoskey Mattress Factory, 11/17

A note from Rebecca: This event has been planned for a long time. But after the election, we’re making it a focus on cities as cosmopolitan places of coexistence, tolerance, subversion, resistance, and joy, of Black, Asian, Latino, Muslim, Jewish, Quaker, immigrant, queer, drag, trans, feminist lives and victories. Please join us tomorrow evening for this free community celebration. 

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“In orienting oneself in this atlas…one is invited to fathom the many New Yorks hidden from history’s eye…thoroughly terrific.”—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
“Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s collection achieves the trifold purpose that all good cartography does — it’s beautiful, it inspires real thought about civic planning, and, most of all, it’s functional.”—The Village Voice
“…the New York installment [of the Atlas Trilogy] is eccentric and inspiring, a nimble work of social history told through colorful maps and corresponding essays. Together, Solnit, Jelly-Schapiro and a host of contributors — writers, artists, cartographers and data-crunchers — have come up with dozens of exciting new ways to think about the five boroughs.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey.

We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capital of capitalism, culture, immigration, and more.

Learn more in our Nonstop Metropolis blog series.

Rebecca Solnit is a San Francisco writer, historian, and activist, and the author of seventeen books about geography, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Lannan Literary Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a contributing editor to Harper’s, where she is the first woman to regularly write the Easy Chair column (founded in 1851).

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, New York, Harper’s, and the Believer, among many other publications. He is the author of the newly-released Island People: The Caribbean and the World.

Contributors: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman, Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna

Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA

LIVE from the New York Public Library: Nonstop Metropolis on 10/18

Tomorrow, Oct 18th, from 7:00 – 9:00pm, lucky New Yorkers will get to hear about the creative process and stories surrounding the making of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas at LIVE from the New York Pubic Library (a limited number of tickets are still available; book ahead to avoid disappointment!).


A city is made of layers—of vitality, of diversity, of richness, but also of inequity and erasure. Weaving together a tapestry of this robust city, Nonstop Metropolis collects writings from linguists, music historians, cartographers, artists, and more. LIVE from the NYPL welcomes the minds behind this project—writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, essayist Garnette Cadogan, and authors Suketu Mehta and Luc Sante—for a discussion about this thriving metropolis.

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About the authors:

REBECCA SOLNIT is a prolific writer, and the author of many books including Savage Dreams, Storming the Gates of Paradise, and the best-selling atlases Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, all from UC Press. She received the Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography from the North American Cartographic Information Society for her work on the previous atlases.

JOSHUA JELLY-SCHAPIRO is a geographer and writer whose work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, New York, Harper’s, and the Believer, among many other publications. He is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World.

GARNETTE CADOGAN is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the editor-at-large of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas and is at work on a book on walking.

SUKETU MEHTA is the New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers’ Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time, and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ and ‘All Things Considered.’ Mehta is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University. Mehta was born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

LUC SANTE‘s books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and The Other Paris. He has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1981 and had written for a wide variety of other publications. His awards include a Whiting Writers Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy (for album notes), an Infinity Award in Writing from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman fellowships. He teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.


UC Press Authors at This Weekend’s LA Times Festival of Books

LA Fest

UC Press is headed to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend and we hope to see you there! The Festival will be held April 9-10 on the USC campus in downtown Los Angeles.

We have a number of current and former authors speaking at the Festival; among the highlights:


Former LA Times Book Editor and Critic David Ulin will talk about Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles. Part personal narrative, part investigation of the city as both idea and environment, Sidewalking is many things: a discussion of Los Angeles as urban space, a history of the city’s built environment, a meditation on the author’s relationship to the city, and a rumination on the art of urban walking.  Exploring Los Angeles through the soles of his feet, Ulin gets at the experience of its street life, drawing from urban theory, pop culture, and literature. Whet your appetite with an excerpt from the book.

David will be participating on three panels:

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Fiction: The Art of the Short Story

Moderator: David L. Ulin

Karen Bender, Tara Ison, Lincoln Michel

  • SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2016, 2:30 p.m.

The Art of the Essay

Moderator: Dinah Lenney

Emily Rapp Black, Meghan Daum, David L. Ulin, Geoff Dyer

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Fiction: The Art of the Real

Moderator: Isaac Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Crane, David L. Ulin, Anne Enright, Diana Wagman


We’re also delighted to be able to highlight Gabriel Thompson’s biography of Fred Ross, one of America’s most influential community organizers, America’s Social Arsonist. Ross’s activism began alongside Dust Bowl migrants, where he managed the same labor camp that inspired John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. During World War II, Ross worked for the release of interned Japanese Americans, and after the war, he dedicated his life to building the political power of Latinos across California. He is perhaps best known for mentoring both Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Techniques and strategies Ross developed are widely used by activists today. Read more about the book by clicking here.

Gabriel will be joined by Tom Hayden, Pulitzer Prize-winning Cesar Chavez biographer Miriam Pawel, and fellow UC Press author, William Deverell on a panel focused on activism:

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

Rise Up: Power to the People

Moderator: Thomas Curwen

William Deverell, Tom Hayden, Miriam Pawel, Gabriel Thompson

Before or after you’ve had your fill of the many fascinating panels, please come take a look at new titles and old favorites from UC Press in the combined Skylight/UC Press booth. Our friends on the Skylight staff will be happy to help you find/order any UC Press titles that pique your fancy.

This is just a small sample of what’s on offer at this incredible celebration of all types of books. Check out the Festival’s website for the full program and more information.

If you’re in Los Angeles we hope to see you there!

Journal of Musicology Board Honors Founder Marian Green LaRue

This afternoon at the American Musicological Society’s annual meeting held in Louisville, Kentucky, the Board of The Journal of Musicology honors founder Marian Green LaRue.

“Through her vision, dedication, and exacting standards, Marian brought not only gender equality but also greater opportunity for all—more slots for young scholars and for non-traditional thinkers… Although we can regret that there is no Hall of Fame for such things, by proclamation we can declare Marian Greene a foundational figure in American musicological journalism.”—Craig Wright, Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music, Yale University

Professor Green LaRue founded the journal—one of few comprehensive peer-reviewed journals in musicology—in 1981, with its first issue publishing in January 1982. Since that time, The Journal of Musicology has offered articles in every period, field, and methodology of musicological scholarship, with contributors from all over the world, and ranging from senior scholars to new voices in the field.

As notes Lawrence F. Bernstein, Karen and Gary Rose Term Professor Emeritus, Department of Music, at the University of Pennsylvania, “By single-handedly establishing a new, distinguished, and enduring journal in musicology, Marian Green LaRue achieved nothing less than creatio ex nihilo. In the decades of her tenure as editor and thereafter, JM helped to expand the methodological perimeters of the discipline in a spirit of openness and respect for high standards. Over the years, it fostered the careers of generations of young scholars through its willingness to publish the most exciting early fruits of their efforts.”

In addition to founding the journal, Marian has taught musicology at New York University and the University of Louisville, and has presented numerous papers including “Aspects of Stylistic Evolution in Two Mozart Concertos: K. 271 and K. 482,” “On the Origins of the Aosta Manuscript,” and “The Songs of Willie Nelson: Voice of the Self in America’s Age of Protest.”

Please join the Board of The Journal of Musicology and UC Press in celebrating a remarkable career.


Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition at the de Young

This week marks the opening of a truly historic exhibition at the de Young Museum, and we are proud to be the publishing partner for the lavishly illustrated accompanying catalogue, Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition.


Timed with the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) of 1915, Jewel City presents a large and representative selection of artworks from the fair, emphasizing the variety of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints that greeted attendees. It is unique in its focus on the works of art that were scattered among the venues of the exposition—the most comprehensive art exhibition ever shown on the West Coast. It notably included the first American presentations of Italian Futurism, Austrian Expressionism, and Hungarian avant-garde painting, and there were also major displays of paintings by prominent Americans, especially those working in the Impressionist style.

This slideshow showcases just some of the delights of the exhibit.

Don’t miss visiting the museum for this rich and fascinating study of a critical moment in American and European art history. You will be transported back to an artistic salon inside the Palace of Fine Arts, and impressed by stunning works by famous and unknown artists alike.

Member preview hours are today, and the opening day of the exhibit (Saturday, October 17th) coincides with a free community day in celebration of 10 years of the new de Young.

Coverage of the exhibition can be explored via the below links, and for additional events celebrating the centennial of the PPIE visit,

SF Gate exhibition review

SF Gate exhibition feature

Wall Street Journal exhibition feature

UC Press authors participate in this month’s Litquake Festival

Once again, UC Press is a proud sponsor of Litquake, the literary festival that runs October 9-17 in venues throughout San Francisco, Marin, and the East Bay. The event calendar offers an impressive bounty, including notable events featuring UC Press authors, detailed below. For event logistics, and the full calendar, check out the Litquake website. Some events are free and some are ticketed.

Hope to see you!


Mark Twain Project editor Ben Griffin (Autobiography of Mark Twain) joins a cast of writers and performers to discuss “Foolishness, Stupidity, and Vice,” October 10, 8pm.

Event Description: Noted playwright and Algonquin Round Table member George S. Kaufman is said to have once uttered, “Satire is what closes on Saturday night.” Come see us prove him wrong, on our opening night Saturday, with this star-studded lineup of satirical writers, artists, and performers. Doors open at 7 pm, and in the words of Mark Twain, “the trouble begins at 8.”


On October 11, join us for a day-long celebration of food and literature, “Eat, Drink, and Be Literary,” which will be held at Z-Space (450 Florida Avenue), San Francisco. Dan Warrick, of our second edition of The Way to Make Wine, will be set up in the entrance, pouring his own wine and signing books.


Also appearing at this event: On October 11, noon, Inside the California Food Revolution author Joyce Goldstein is part of a panel discussion on “The Growth and Evolution of the Bay Area Artisanal Food Movement.” This will be followed by a book signing at 12:45pm.

Event Description: Join six leaders in the Bay Area culinary world—a master chef, cheese maker, chocolatier, charcutier, bread baker, and food purveyor—to explore the origins and evolution of the artisanal food movement. Followed by audience Q&A.


Authors Judith Lowry (Gardening with a Wild Heart) and Jonah Raskin (Field Days: A Year of Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California) join other gardeners and gatherers, October 11, 4pm, for “What is Genius Loci?”


Event Description: And how does it affect foragers, gatherers, and gleaners? Six savvy, sexy veterans of field, forest, and sea come together for a delicious conversation about feral foods in the era of crazy weather, rainless days and nights, and the unimpeded civilized craving for wild nettles, mushrooms, sea weeds, and much more. Followed by audience Q&A.


In the East Bay, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Tom Turner, of our new David Brower book, joins others for “Wilderness Where You Find It,” October 11, 1pm.

Event Description: Wilderness is personal, political, historic, and threatened. This panel of original thinkers discusses what we talk about when we talk about wilderness, and how they connect with the wild in original and accessible ways.


And on October 16, 7pm, Jason De León, author of Land of Open Graves, gathers with other writers and performers for “Our Bookstores – United – Will Never Be Defeated,” at the Make-Out Room.

Event Description: San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía calls the 24th Street Corridor/Calle 24 “Bookstore Row,” where the coalition of stores—Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books, and Modern Times Bookstore Collective—all deliver unique attributes to a neighborhood already rich in history and culture. Yet given the changes in the Mission and citywide, independent booksellers, authors, and artists remain besieged by displacement. Tonight we celebrate what bookstores bring to our neighborhoods. Hosted by Alejandro Murguía, with Denise Sullivan and Kate Rosenberger. Music by Cambiowashere, Penelope Houston, Christine Shields, and Bob Forrest. Proceeds to benefit United Booksellers and Litquake.

Book Signing: Norman Girardot’s Envisioning Howard Finster

 Envisioning Howard Finster: The Religion and Art of a Stranger from Another World
Envisioning Howard Finster: The Religion and Art of a Stranger from Another World

Join Norman Girardot next month for a reading, discussion, and signing of his new book, Envisioning Howard Finster: The Religion and Art of a Stranger from Another World, held in Chicago’s Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art!

Finster received a revelation from God to make sacred art at the age of 60. He then spent the final years of his life feverishly creating almost fifty thousand pieces of “bad and nasty” artwork: pieces filled with apocalyptic, biblical, and fantastic imagery. Girardot, a personal friend to Howard Finster in his later years, explores the life and significance of an artist and cult celebrity described as a “backwoods William Blake” and the “Andy Warhol of the South”. Envisioning Howard Finster is the first book to examine the entwined religious and artistic significance of Finster’s work within the context of the American “outsider art” tradition.

The Intuit Center, established in 1991, is a non-profit organization dedicated to self-taught and intuitive “outsider” art. Intuit features a permanent collection with over 1,100 works of art and educational programming for patrons from all levels of education and interest.

This event is open to the public and will be held on August 8 from 1 to 2:30 PM. For more information, see Intuit’s website.

Visit us at the American Library Association (ALA) 2015


Stop by and see the University of California Press at the American Library Association Annual 2015, held in San Francisco’s Moscone Center! We’ll have a booth on-site with some surprise goodies, but you can also find us taking part in some of ALA’s great events.

We invite you to join UC Press for the following ALA sessions:

Alison Muddit, Director of the University of California Press, will be speaking at the Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries Interest Group. Hear her at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square on Saturday, June 27, from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. See the schedule for more information.

Eric Schmidt, Classics and Religion Editor, will be participating in the Open Access Monograph Publishing session. This session, a part of the Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Discussion Groups (ACRL WESS), will focus on topics related to Classical, Medieval and Renaissance studies librarianship. This panel will be held in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Union Square 23 & 24, on Saturday, June 27, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. See the schedule for more information.

And finally, Neil Christensen, Director of Digital Business Development, will be a panelist at The University Press: Navigating the Digital Publishing Landscape. This panel will hold a discussion of the future challenges and opportunities facing University Presses within the digital publishing environment. This panel will be held in the Moscone Convention Center on Saturday, June 27, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. See ALA’s schedule for more information.



James Robinson panel at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club

Celebrate the release of Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology, for the Right Patient, at the Right Price with author James C. Robinson in San Francisco!

James C Robinson

James Robinson is Professor of Health Economics and Chair of the UC Berkeley Center for Health Technology. His book is a timely analysis of the rising costs of medical technologies, as well as what this entails for the health care industry as a whole. Touching upon private healthcare as well as the Food and Drug Administration and Medicare, Purchasing Medical Innovation evaluates both the strengths and weaknesses of the current system of purchasing and highlights opportunities to improve the value and availability of better medical technology.

Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology, for the Right Patient, at the Right Price
Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology, for the Right Patient, at the Right Price

James will be holding a panel session at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco on Thursday, June 4, beginning at 12 PM and concluding with a book signing beginning at 1 PM. Additional details and tickets are available at the Commonwealth Club website.