December 2015 News, Reviews, and Events


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Reviews and Interviews

Ellen Emry Heltzel reviews Classical Seattle by Melinda Bargreen in the Seattle Times: “Melinda Bargreen’s Classical Seattle is a who’s who of the city’s classical-music scene over the past half-century, an entertaining recapitulation of interviews she did while serving as the music critic for The Seattle Times and writing for other publications.”

Peter Kelley of UW Today has a Q&A with the author.

Georgia Rowe reviews Building the Golden Gate Bridge by Harvey Schwartz in the San Jose Mercury News: “Schwartz…brings together the gripping first-person accounts of the backbreaking work, terrifying physical conditions, tragedies and triumphs that bridge workers experienced as the Golden Gate went up.”

New Books

Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature
By Brian Bernards

Postcolonial literature about the South Seas, or Nanyang, examines the history of Chinese migration, localization, and interethnic exchange in Southeast Asia, where Sinophone settler cultures evolved independently by adapting to their “New World” and mingling with native cultures. Writing the South Seas explains why Nanyang encounters, neglected by most literary histories, should be considered crucial to the national literatures of China and Southeast Asia.

The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Choson Korea
By Jisoo M. Kim

The Choson state (1392-1910) is typically portrayed as a rigid society because of its hereditary status system, slavery, and Confucian gender norms. However, The Emotions of Justice reveals a surprisingly complex picture of a judicial system that operated in a contradictory fashion by discriminating against subjects while simultaneously minimizing such discrimination. Jisoo Kim contends that the state’s recognition of won, or the sense of being wronged, permitted subjects of different genders or statuses to interact in the legal realm and in doing so illuminates the intersection of law, emotions, and gender in premodern Korea.


Laurie Arnold, Bartering with the Bones of Their Dead, Learning Region Book Club Event, Spokane Community College Library, Spokane, WA, December 2, 3:30-5 p.m.

Amy Bhatt and Nalini Iyer, Roots and Reflections, Federal Way Regional Library, Federal Way, WA, December 5, 11 a.m.

Harvey Schwartz, Building the Golden Gate Bridge, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA, December 13, 1 p.m.

Emilie Raymond, Stars for Freedom, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Brew Ho-Ho, Richmond, VA, December 16, 3 p.m.