Has this weekend's New York Timesarticle about traveling to Tijuana got you dreaming of a visit? Sam Lubell writes that while parts of Tijuana do live up to the city's seedy reputation, it has a thriving culture industry. "In this chaotic, messy, visceral place," he writes, "the resurgence has been from the ground up, and art has landed in unexpected places." In their book Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border, Josh Kun and Fiamma Montezemolo collect essays about Tijuana's art, architecture, music, film, novels and poetry. Taken together, the selections present a kaleidoscopic portrait of a major border city in the age of globalization. It would be a great read before a trip to the city, or it can transport you there from your armchair if you can't actually visit. Kun and Montezemolo will be holding a book event at the Festival Tijuana Internzona on October 20. You can read an excerpt from the book here, and see some photographs from the book by Ingrid Hernández here. As Kun and Montezemolo say in their introduction, "Welcome to (a new) Tijuana."
This fall if you’re in Washington D.C., Massachusetts, or Maryland, catch Natalie Hopkinson talking about her new book Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City. She’ll be reading from and signing copies of her insider’s view of the social history of black Washington through its go-go music and culture. As
David Simon, creator of the television series The Wire and Treme, has said, "Natalie Hopkinson's Go- Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City demonstrates the essential connections between culture and community in an American city. For generations now, go-go music in Washington D.C. has not only given the authentic, nonfederal parts of that city its musical milestones, but it has—in the voice of so many great lead talkers—marked the civic and political time. From Chuck Brown forward, go-go has proven resilient and real. They say you can't understand this music unless you are there in the club, in the moment, but this book comes close."
4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Power of Music from a Historical, Cultural & Spiritual Perspective with Natalie Hopkinson, Ledisi, MC Lyte, and Dr. Obery Hendricks, moderated by Brother Ah. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Author Pavilion, Walter E. Washington Convention Center Exhibit Hall E, Booth 521 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC
This past Friday we said farewell to three beloved members of our Editorial, Design, and Production department as they each prepared to move on to new opportunities. At a lovely party organized by members of the department, we feted especially Cherie Westoreland, our Design Director, who retired after 23 years with Duke University Press.
In her many years designing books and covers, Cherie has won numerous AAUP
awards for interior and cover designs. EDP Manager Nancy Hoagland praised Cherie's contribution to the Press over the years: "We have an amazing design staff at the press, and Cherie's certainly played a vital and leading role in making 'Duke design' what it is. We will miss Cherie in so many ways. She's incredibly creative, a generous teacher, a wonderful and supportive colleague, an inspiring manager, and a trailblazer for trying something new and different." Cherie will be now be pursuing her love of making art, especially in clay, full time, as well as spending more time with her children and grandson.
In addition to celebrating Cherie, we were sad to say goodbye to designer Jennifer Hill and to assistant managing editor Mark Mastromarino. Mark, whose attention to detail has contributed to the production of over 200 books at the Press since he joined us in 2003, heads north to Boston to become the series editor for the John Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Jen, who has won a number of AAUP awards for her lovely book designs, plans to continue her design work as a freelancer, which means those outside Duke University Press will now be able to benefit from her skills.
We all wish Cherie, Mark, and Jen the best and we'll miss them tremendously!