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Press Release, Boom: A Journal of California University of California Press

Boom: A Journal of California

September 22, 2009, Berkeley, CA–University of California Press, the not-for-profit publishing arm of the University of California, is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Boom: A Journal of California.

Written in a scholarly but accessible fashion, Boom is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal, which aims to create a dialog about the vital social, cultural, and political issues of our time. Thoughtful, provocative, and at times playful, Boom speaks not only to the scholarly community but also to the broader public, in California and beyond.

Headed by Editors Carolyn de la Peña, Associate Professor of American Studies at UC Davis and Director of the Davis Humanities Institute, and Louis Warren, UC Davis’ W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History, the journal will include a wide range of works, including two to three scholarly articles forming the gravitational center of each issue, and setting the foundation for other shorter, often informal works.

“One in eight residents of the U.S. lives in California, and the state has become an unprecedented cultural, economic, and political force in the U.S. and abroad. And yet, no journal has explored the origins and meaning of today’s California in an interdisciplinary and intellectual way. With Boom, we aim to fix that,” said Louis Warren, Boom co-editor.

And according to de la Peña, “To truly grapple with the crisis facing California, we have to gather new knowledge about who we are, how we got here, and what common ground can be built for the future. By featuring the work of researchers in multiple fields and combining that with community voices, we believe Boom will uncover fresh perspectives on the state we’re in.”

Contributions will be made by scholars from within the University of California community, from other universities, as well as by independent scholars, writers, journalists, photographers, and researchers. In addition to a wide range of topical writings in each issue, each year a single, special issue–an outgrowth of a companion annual conference–will assess timely matters of relevance to the state and with global implications.

The first issue of Boom will publish in February 2011 both in print and online.

Boom is supported in part by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “We are deeply grateful to the Mellon Foundation for fostering scholarship in California Studies at this critical moment,” said Lynne Withey, Director of University of California Press.

Few places inspire such a wide range of profound emotions as California. Boom: A Journal of California will harness and direct this passion towards a deeper understanding of the state, its past and future, and role in the wider world.

Click here to download this release as a PDF.

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Book party at Vesuvio for A Bomb in Every Issue; Sept. 23

City Lights bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe, 255 Columbus @ Jack Kerouac Alley , San Fransciso, will present a book party open to the public celebrating Peter Richardson’s new book, A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America, on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

Author Peter Richardson will be joined by Ramparts Magazine Alumni.

From the City Lights listing:

A Bomb in Every Issue tells the largely untold story of the wild ride of this hugely influential magazine that achieved countless firsts: it published the first conspiracy theory about JFK’s assassination, it was the first to reveal that the CIA had backed the National Student Association during the Cold War, and its article about the use of napalm on Vietnamese children (another first) caused Martin Luther King Jr. to speak out against the war for the first time. For more info, click here.

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Berkeley Arts and Letters lecture: Robert Scheer and Peter Richardson to discuss Ramparts Magazine; Sept. 24

Fabled journalist Robert Scheer, and Peter Richardson, author of the newly published, A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America, will speak about Ramparts at a Berkeley Arts & Letters event, Thursday, September 24, 7:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. 800-838-3006. $15.

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Author event at Book Passage in Marin; Peter Richardson on Ramparts Magazine; Sept. 25

Peter Richardson (Chair of the California Studies Association) will talk about his new book, A Bomb In Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America. From the Book Passage listing:

This is the rollicking story of Ramparts—the San Francisco magazine that captured the zeitgeist of the 1960s, repeatedly scooping the N.Y. Times. Ramparts brought the new left into American living rooms, and it made an indelible imprint on American journalism.

Fri., Sept. 25, 7:00 pm

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925, Phone: (415) 927-0960

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Author event at Book Passage in Marin; Mike Miller talks about the Mission Coalition; Sept. 24

Mike Miller will talk about his new book, A Community Organizer’s Tale: People and Power in San Francisco. From the Book Passage listing:

This is the story of a Bay Area neighborhood and its long-term citizens. The Mission Coalition was a group of citizens who fought to keep the community intact in San Francisco’s predominantly Latino Mission District.

Thurs., Sept. 24, 7:00 pm

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925, Phone: (415) 927-0960

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Author event at Book Passage in San Francisco: John Buntin on the LAPD; Sept. 24

John Buntin will talk about his new book, L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City at Book Passage in San Francisco on Sept. 24.  From the Book Passage listing:

Buntin offers a fascinating examination of how the LAPD created a  dangerously unaccountable surveillance-intensive model of crime fighting that damaged Los Angeles’s social fabric and eerily prefigured today’s “war on terror.”

Thurs., Sept. 24, 6:00 pm, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, #42, San Francisco, CA 94111, Phone: (415) 835-1020

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Peter Richardson to speak about Ramparts Magazine at the Institute on California and the West

The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West will be presenting a conversation with Peter Richardson (current Chair of the California Studies Association), to discuss his new book, A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America.  The conversation will be led by David Igler, of UC Irvine.

Peter Richardson teaches California Culture at San Francisco State University, chairs the California Studies Association, and is editorial director at PoliPointPress, which publishes trade books on politics and current affairs.  Richardson wrote American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams.

Details: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2009 from noon to 1:00pm
Seaver Classrooms 1&2, Huntington Library

This event is part of a brown bag luncheon series sponsored by ICW.  The event is open to any who wishes to attend, and a limited number of lunches will be available on a first come/first served basis.  To reserve a seat, please respond to Kim Matsunaga at by October 1.