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Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 8:00 am

Books and music by University of the Pacific authors and artists make a welcome gift all year round, but especially for the holidays.


  • “Sacrament: Homage to a River,” by Geoff Fricker and Rebecca Lawton. Heyday, $45, 160 pages.

Pacific alumnus Geoffrey Fricker supplies his work — atmospheric photographs revealing the geology, salmon runs, fluvial morphology and the impacts of man on the Sacramento River — for a book written by Rebecca Lawton. Fricker’s black-and-white photos emphasize the river’s wild ecosystem and the human influence.

  • “American Girls and Global Responsibility: A New Relation to the World During the Early Cold War,” by Jennifer Helgren. Rutgers University Press, $56.65, 256 pages.

Jennifer Helgren, an associate professor of history at University of the Pacific and the coeditor of “Girlhood: A Global History,” has written a book to close the gap in U.S. history about American girls and their roles as productive citizens in the post-World War II United States. She shows how age and gender work together to form girls’ identities, configure roles and more.

  • “Latin American Women Filmmakers: Social and Cultural Perspectives” (“Paso Por Aqui Series on the Nuevomexicano Literary Heritage”), by Traci Roberts-Camps. University of New Mexico Press, $75, 208 pages.

Traci Roberts-Camps, an associate professor of Spanish in Pacific’s Department of Modern Languages and author, looks at the work of women film directors from Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico. Roberts-Camps writes that they relied on their creativity to overcome the marginalization from the Latin American film industry, lower budgets and inadequate distribution. The book has been called an “insightful exploration” that is “relevant to the study of literature as well as film.”

  • “The App Factory Playbook,” by Drew Gorham. Lioncrest Publishing, $10.99 (Paperback), 136 pages.

Pacific alumnus Drew Gorham, founder of App Factory, offers a book written based on his experience at branding agencies and his own consulting firm that gives step-by-step instructions on defining, designing and developing mobile apps. The book shows the reader how to create product specs and find designers and developers on a budget.


  • “Dancing at the Pink House,” Patricia Shands. Released by Snow Leopard Music, $12 on CD, $9.50 on MP3.

“Dancing at the Pink House” by Patricia Shands, a professor of clarinet in Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, was the title song for a CD of music for soloists and ensembles. The piece for clarinet and piano was featured on the Classical Discoveries Festival of New American Music on WPRB in Princeton, New Jersey.

Lifelong learning

  • OLLI@Pacific, one of 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide, offers a rich array of classes and learning opportunities designed for adults 50 and older.

The holiday discount for a gift membership for 2017-18 is $30 and offers the same benefits as an “active member”: a full semester of weekly lectures, notices about upcoming speakers, events and enrollment, free on-campus parking, free admission for two to Pacific Conservatory of Music concerts, discounts at Valley Brew Take 5 Jazz club and Haggin Travel, and more.

Participants can explore academic and general interest classes in a friendly, intellectually challenging environment without the stress of tests and grades. For more information, visit go.pacific.edu/OLLI or call 209-946-7658.



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