Leaf Green, a rock quartet that formed at SF State and has since
jammed alongside Bob Weir and Dave Matthews, has released "Rock
'n' Roll Band" (SCI Fidelity Records), a live CD. TLG comprises
Trevor Garrod (B.S., '00), keyboards/vocals;
Josh Clark (B.A., '91), guitar/vocals; Ben
Chambers (B.A., '01), bass/vocals; and Scott
Rager (B.A., '01), drums.
"What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent
Career" (University Press of Kentucky, '06), Joseph
McBride, assistant professor of cinema, challenges conventional
wisdom about Orson Welles' supposed creative decline. The book
examines the films of the writer-director's little-known later
Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres (B.A.,
'66) provides a backstage pass to interviews with rock legends
in "Becoming Almost Famous: My Back Pages in Music, Writing
and Life" (Backbeat Books, '06). The collection of previously
published profiles and essays includes the former Daily Gater reporter's
reflections on past assignments.
Naylor's (B.S., '91) fifth and latest recording,
the aptly named "The Color Five" (Ruby Star Records),
is a mix of jazz, pop, rock, gospel, folk and blues that offers
five originals, five covers and five of her trademark "acoustic
smashes" -- rock tunes sung over jazz standards or vice versa.
the Names" (Apogee Press, '05) is the eighth book of poetry
from Maxine Chernoff, chair of creative writing
and coeditor of the journal New American Writing. The 33 poems in
the collection touch on the spiritual and emotional complexities
that surround the act of giving.
"The Messenger" (Putnam, '06), a thriller by Daniel
Silva (attended '84), Israeli art restorer/spymaster
Gabriel Allon enlists the aid of beautiful American art expert Sarah
Bancroft to infiltrate a dangerous organization led by a militant
Islamic Saudi businessman. When plans go awry, Bancroft's life hangs
in the balance.
daily calorie counting nor shopping trips appear in "This is
Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers"
(Random House, '06) edited by Elizabeth Merrick
(M.A., '97). The collection includes envelope-pushing literary
fiction from the likes of Aimee Bender, Francine Prose and Jennifer
the Show! A History of Insane Incidents and Absurd Accidents
in the Theater" by Brad Schreiber (attended '72–'75;
'77) includes an anecdote from actress-director Laurel
Ollstein (B.A., '81). During a performance of
"Much Ado About Nothing," as the character of Claudio
was sentenced to death, the actor's elderly Jewish grandmother
loudly proclaimed from the audience, "Oy, they're gonna kill
Brott's (B.A., '81) personal experience and extensive
research laid the foundation for "Fathering Your Toddler: A
Dad's Guide to the Second and Third Years, Second Edition"
(Abbeville Press, '05). The book offers candid advice for fathers
with a range of concerns and issues, including "deployed dads"
and single- and step-parents
Season of Fire and Ice" (Unbridled Books, '06) by Lloyd
Zimpel (attended '60-'62), a novel in the form
of 1880s-era journal entries, follows patriarch and farmer Gerhardt
Praeger as he attempts to settle the harsh territory of the Dakotas.
artist Josie Iselin (M.F.A., '94) celebrates
the beauty of springtime greenery, fall foliage and winter's brown
husks in "Leaves and Pods" (Abrams Books, '06). The collection
of detailed portraits of flora from around the world includes writing
by Mary Ellen Hannibal.
Kent Miller (B.A, '82) has published "The
Great Detective at the Crucible of Life" (Wildside Press,
'05), a book in the form of an Allan Quatermain memoir. The fictional
story follows a quest into the deserts of Ethiopia in 1872.
Umemoto (B.A., '84) provides an eyewitness account
of urban violence in "The Truce: Lessons from an L.A. Gang
War" (Cornell University Press, '06). The book examines gang
warfare and racial conflict in Los Angeles' Oakland neighborhood
between 1993 and 1994, when 17 people were killed and more than
Averbuch (B.A., '74), the author of best-selling
soccer books written with legends Brandi Chastain and Anson Dorrance,
brings her love of the game to children in "A Turn for Lucas"
(Mitten Press, 2006).
by Line" (Concord Records) features bass virtuoso John
Patitucci (attended '77-'78) on both acoustic
bass and six-string electric bass. A founding member of the Chick
Corea Elektric Band, he is joined by other musicians including Adam
Rogers (guitars) and Brian Blade (drums).