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Alumni Authors

William Conelly ’66
Tether’s End

Martin Heydekker will not be home this summer. While his parents tour Britain, France and Scotland, hiking and sight-seeing, pitching up in tents and hostels perhaps better suited to younger people, Martin will live with his Uncle Chick at a camp on a lake in Maine, five long hours from home. Tether’s End. Martin feels abandoned. He feels his parents are hiding from him, hiding a secret about their marriage. Uncle Chick is a solid and supportive enough fellow, but Martin’s summer friend—Suzy, from the next camp over—maintains that Chick is gay. Gay? Nine year-old Martin is not sure what the word means, nor why Suzy should respond to it the way she does...

Conelly has a BA in English from UCSB.

Cinda (Johnston) MacKinnon ‘76
A Place in the World

A Place in the World is a multicultural-literary novel set in Colombia where Cinda grew up. It is the story of a young biologist who ends up running a coffee farm in a remote part of Colombia - in spite of calamities too numerous to name.

Cinda (Johnston) MacKinnon graduated from UCSB with a degree in Geology

Randal Doane ’91
Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash

Stealing All Transmissions is the story of how The Clash fell in love with America, and how America loved them back. The romance commenced in 1977, when select rock journalists and deejays aided the bandís quest to depose the rock of indolence dominating American airwaves. This history documents the rise of the punk scenes in London and New York, and culminates with The Clashís September 1979 performances in New York City. Stealing takes its title from the track ìRadio Clash,î and concludes with an analysis of how we listen to music today and its impact on the written word.

Kevin McDonough ’77
A View with a Room

A View with a Room is Kevin McDonough's humorous adventure of pursuing his long-held dream to live in Paris. With nothing but his suitcase and passport, he arrives in the City of Light not knowing a soul. But a chance meeting at a sidewalk crÍpe stand propels his life in a new direction where he learns about friendship, food, and most importantly, himself. A View with a Room is a joyous adventure of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with more twists and turns than the river Seine.

Brian Wilson ’96
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living

Purveyors of spiritualized medicine have been legion in American religious history, but few have achieved the superstar status of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his Battle Creek Sanitarium. In its heyday, the San was a combination spa and Mayo Clinic. Founded in 1866 under the auspices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and presided over by the charismatic Dr. Kellogg, it catered to many well-heeled health seekers including Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Presidents Taft and Harding. It also supported a hospital, research facilities, a medical school, a nursing school, several health food companies, and a publishing house dedicated to producing materials on health and wellness. Rather than focusing on Kellogg as the eccentric creator of corn flakes or a megalomaniacal quack, Brian C. Wilson (PhD Religious Studies ’96) takes his role as a physician and a theological innovator seriously and places his religion of Biologic Living in an on-going tradition of sacred health.

Michael Noricks BA ’73 MA ’75 MA ’83 PhD ’88
Latino and Hispanis History: The Story of the USA's Majority Minority

Latinos and Hispanics have comprised the USA's majority minority since 2003. According to projections, one in every three US residents will be Latino and Hispanic in ethnicity by 2050. This new book, written in a handy Q & A format, traces the Latino/Hispanic presence in the US from its origins more than a hundred years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth to the present. Additional chapters address Spain, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Mexico. Michael Noricks (BA '73, MA '75, MA '83, PhD '88) taught Spanish at schools and colleges for forty years.

Jeannette Webber MA, BA '60, PhD '86
Shakespearean Actor Trilogy, Volume 2: Dark Venus

Jeannette Webber, who writes as Jinny Webber has written the Shakespearean Actor Trilogy with the third volume released in 2015. The trilogy recreates the England of William Shakespeare through the eyes of a boy actor with a secret. For more information on the trilogy, click here. Jeannette Dawson received her BA and MA from UCSB in the '60s and her PhD in 1986 She also writes a blog on Sex and Gender in Shakespeare's England on her website, http://www.jinnywebber.com/.

Her play, Tales of Woo & Woe, will be performed at the Santa Barbara Center Stage Theater from Feb. 6-14, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.centerstagetheater.org/

Revell Carr ’06
Music in Motion

Carr's first book with the University of Illinois Press. It is the first book in their venerable series Music in American Life to deal with Hawaiian music. Carr earned a PhD in ethnomusicology at UCSB and is currently an associate professor of ethnomusicology in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Thomas Garrison ’06
Challenge Authority

Challenge Authority: Memoir of a Baby Boomer, won 2nd Place in the non-fiction category of the League of Utah Writers, a state-wide write’s organization, Published Book Contest (September 2014). Garrison writes about the ‘60’s and 70’s and what it meant to grow up during those politically and socially tumultuous times

John Oliver
Nichijo: The Testimony of John Provoo,

John Oliver, brother of Joan Magruder, retired Director of News and Media Relations, Public Affairs, at UC Santa Barbara, writes about John David Provoo in Nichijo: The Testimony of John Provoo, who he met while living in Hawaii. What initially began as offering Provoo a ride,turned into a fascinating friendship and account of Provoo’s life: his capture by the Japanese in WWII, being charged with treason by the FBI, and his subsequent training for the Buddhist priesthood.