Alumni Authors  Spring 2011

Murder on Mt. McKinley
Charles G. Irion, '74 and Ronald J. Watkins
Irion Books LLC


"Murder on Mt. McKinley", co-authored by Charles G. Irion and Ronald J. Watkins, is the fourth book in their series of summit murder mystery novels. The book narrates the story of two rival oil companies who decide to climb to the mountain's summit in a competition for wealth. Fooled by the relatively easy ascent, the climbers quickly find themselves unprepared to deal with the mountain's violent storms and avalanches. As if they extreme weather conditions were not enough, ulterior motives come into play and the fight for their lives becomes frighteningly real.

Torn in the South Pacific
Jeff Bronow, '88
Publish America


Spiritual life lessons seem to come from the most unexpected places. "Torn in the South Pacific," a new fictional novel by Jeff Bronow, tells the story of a young Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji who encounters firsthand the struggles of local Indian sugar cane farmers enduring racism by local tribes. The farmers, who are also locals to the area, turn to the spiritual teachings of Hinduism to make light of the conflict. One wise farmer in particular becomes the mentor of the young volunteer, teaching him a combination of philosophical ideals and religious narratives. Through the midst of hardship, the volunteer has a spiritual revelation that forever changes his outlook on life.

Wired Kingdom
Rick Chesler, '98
Variance Publishing

As part of a television nature show, a young inventor attaches a whale-cam to a Blue Whale. The idea is to track the animal's daily life and hopefully catch candid moments of ocean life never seen before. Instead the whale catches a scene that no one expected to see-the brutal underwater murder of a young woman. "Wired Kingdom," a new mystery novel by Rick Chesler, tells the story one FBI agent's race to locate the missing whale and obtain the hard footage before the killer does. The Special Agent is forced to confront her fear of water and search the vast ocean for a whale that could be virtually anywhere.

Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Jeff Jones, '86 and Laurie Hoyle, M.A. '81
University of Alaska Press

There are few places in the world that are free of technology and human occupation. One of those rare places is the Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. On an incredible journey across this Alaskan terrain, Jeff Jones captured riveting images of this remarkably unscathed landscape. "Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge" is a compilation of Jones's astounding panoramic photos coupled with essays written by his wife, Laurie Hoyle. The book acts as a powerful agent calling out to the public to preserve this pristine land before it is forever altered by the effects of global climate change.

They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism
Julie Shayne, Ph.D. '00
Lexington Books

"They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism" describes the personal accounts of passionate Chilean women who rebelled against the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990. Author Julie Shayne uses information from in-depth interviews to recount the history of the intense moral and political battle fought on the account of the Chilean Solidarity Movement. Shayne explains how these women, who were eventually exiled from Chile, used the strength of their emotions and culture to get their voices heard about women's social and political rights. The book also gives insight into the strife of other exiled Chilean communities throughout the world.

The Book of Santa Barbara
Macduff Everton, '81, M.F.A. '84, Mary Heebner, M.F.A. '78 and Pico Iyer
Tixcacalcupul Press

Santa Barbara is known for its breathtaking views, Mediterranean climate, and Spanish-style architecture. In order to capture these beauties, Mary Heebner and Macduff Everton, combine full-color photography with short-narrative captions in their new book "The Book of Santa Barbara." Macduff's photography is expertly done as it captures perfect rays of light illuminating some of Santa Barbara's hidden niches. Complimenting each photo are Heeber's captions which enlighten the reader on the city's rich natural and cultural history. This book is a true work of art that stimulates that mind both visually and intellectually.

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