books

1997 - Shelly Mateer

April 16, 2018
Shelly Mateer (B.A., international relations, ’97) has written three books influenced by her experiences as a CIA officer—Single in the CIA and two volumes in her Mingling in the CIA series—with another series installment on its way. Learn more about her books and follow her blog at her website. 

1993 - Pati Navalta Poblete

April 02, 2018

Pati Navalta Poblete (B.A., English, 1993) recently published A Better Place, about the violent death of her 23-year-old son and the transformation it brought about in her life. Poblete is a longtime Bay Area journalist, who worked at several area newspapers and was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She is also author of The Oracles: My Filipino Grandparents of America.

 

2004 - Christina Bueno

December 04, 2016

Christina Bueno (Ph.D., history, ’04) wrote The Pursuit of Ruins: Archaeology, History, and the Making of Modern Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 2016). She is an associate professor of history and Latino/Latin American studies at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. 

2003 - Molly Winter

June 04, 2016

Immortal's Spring, the third novel in a Greek-mythology-based trilology by Molly Winter (M.A., linguistics, ’03), was released this month by Central Avenue Publishing. Winter writes under the pen name of Molly Ringle. The first two books were Persephone’s Orchard and Underworld’s Daughter. Winter won the grand prize in the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for an intentionally bad opening sentence. She lives in Seattle with her husband and sons.

1983 - Rabbi Yonason Goldson

June 04, 2016

Rabbi Yonason Goldson (B.A., English, ’83) recently published the book Proverbial Beauty: Secrets for Success and Happiness from the Wisdom of the Ages (Timewise Books). Goldson’s book examines how to find tranquility in the midst of chaos, how to savor the moments of everyday life and how to resolve the paradoxes of the human heart. He lives in St. Louis, teaches and writes the blog Proverbs and Providence.

Tracking Down Real-life Private Detectives

December 18, 2015
John Walton, a distinguished professor emeritus of sociology, searched for the real-life private detectives who inspired crime fiction dating back 175 years and created a myth that rivaled the likes of Robin Hood. “This was a story that was meant not to be told,” he said of his latest book, The Legendary Detective: The Private Eye in Fact and Fiction.

Many UC Davis Linked Books on the Shelves

December 05, 2015
Want to know how California became the birthplace of the modern conservative movement? Take a ride with words and images down the California coast? Find out where our image of the classic gumshoe came from? Ride along on a uniquely told story about a round-the-globe voyage?   Those are a few of thing things you can do and learn about in new books from UC Davis faculty and graduates.

2007 - Reema Rajbanshi

October 04, 2015
Reema Rajbanshi (M.A., English, ’07) has won the UC Davis Department of English Maurice Prize. The $5,000 award has been given annually since 2005 to a graduate of the creative writing program who has not yet published a major work of fiction. The award is made possible by best-selling novelist and Davis resident John Lescroart and is named for his late father. Rajbanshi won the award for her novel manuscript Sugar, Smoke, Song.  “This novel is a gorgeous thunderswirl of dance and music, failure and friendship,” wrote award judge Ramona Ausubel, who has published a novel and a collection of short stories. “I love how the places — India, New York, San Francisco and beyond — press out through the narrative alongside Hindu, American and family mythologies.” Rajbanshi’s writing has appeared in Confrontation, So to Speak, Southwest Review and Another Subcontinent. She won the 2010 So to Speak fiction contest.  She is working on a doctorate in literature from UC San Diego.

1980 - Debra Tracy

October 04, 2015

Debra Tracy, (B.A., English, ’80) has won the Bronze Medal and Seal in the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for her novel Monet's Fun Camp. She won in the pre-teen general fiction category for the book about an inner city girl who struggles in school but has a big heart and creates a camp that brings together latchkey kids with the elderly. She lives in Minnesota.