Rebel Girl interrupts the usual coverage of the usual suspects to announce the publication of her 2009 sabbatical project which made its debut this week. Orange County: A Literary Field Guide was published by Heyday on February 1.
Heyday describes the project this way:
Orange County: A Literary Field Guide
Edited by Lisa Alvarez and Andrew Tonkovich; Foreword by Gustavo Arellano
A literary journey through Southern California’s storied county
Even by California’s standards, the County of Orange teems with abundance: in sweeping topography along the azure Pacific, in sprawling suburbs, in promises of prosperity, and in its self-perpetuated reputation as a citrus-lined paradise. But the acclaimed fertility of this corner of California is not just agricultural or economic, as this new anthology shows. In this literary field guide, more than sixty writers—some well known, others emerging—lead readers on a tour that begins at the coast and heads inland over the Santa Ana Mountains, through the canyons, and into the cities of Anaheim, Irvine, and Orange in search of vistas of truth. Luminaries including Michael Chabon, Philip K. Dick, Steve Martin, and Susan Straight explore the complexities and contradictions of the county, locating readers in a place made in equal measure by 950 square miles of land and the imagination. A foreword by Gustavo Arellano, author of Orange County: A Personal History and the syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican!, unravels the idealized past and paradoxical present of this much-mythologized locale.
The book will be used as a text at UC Irvine, Chapman University and Irvine Valley College - and, so Rebel Girl hopes, other campuses as well as she was inspired throughout this long project by the the vision of Orange County residents, especially young students reading about where they live and finding value in it.
|Cover of the special UC Irvine edition. |
UCI celebrates the book on Friday March 10 from 4-6 PM in Humanities Gateway.
To check out the events, visit the book's Facebook page.
Look for coverage of the book in the local press, including this recent piece in the Irvine Community News and Views:
Impressive in Irvine: Orange County: A Literary Field Guide
|Some of the books - only some! - that went into the 414 page book.|