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AL YOUNG’S BACKLIST

January 2nd, 2010

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DANCING
(poems)
Corinth Books, New York, 1969
(out of print)

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SNAKES
(novel)
Holt Rinehart Winston, New York, 1970
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1971
Dell Laurel Edition, New York, 1972
Creative Arts Book Co., Berkeley, 1980
(out of print)

THE SONG TURNING BACK INTO ITSELF
(poems)
Holt Rinehart Winston, New York, 1971
(out of print)

AngelinaWHO IS ANGELINA?
(novel)
Holt Rinehart Winston, New York, 1976
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1978
University of California Paperback, Berkeley & London, 1996
(out of print)

CHI È ANGELINA?
(Italian translation by Luciano Federighi),
Editoriale Jacabook, Milano
Email: lettori@jacabook.it
(out of print)

geography-signed.JPGGEOGRAPHY OF THE NEAR PAST
(poems)
Holt Rinehart Winston, New York, 1976
First edition hardcover copy inscribed to poet Denise Levertov selling at $100 (Wessel and Lieberman)
[out of print]

Sitting PrettySITTING PRETTY
(novel)
Holt Rinehart Winston, New York, 1976
New American Library, New York, 1977
Creative Arts Book Co., Berkeley, 1986
(out of print)

PARLA SITTING PRETTY
(Italian translation by Luciano Federighi)
Jacabook, Milano, 1986
Email: lettori@jacabook.it
(out of print)

ASK ME NOW
(novel)
McGraw Hill, New York, 1980
Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1980
(out of print)

BODIES & SOUL
(musical memoirs)
Creative Arts Book Co., Berkeley, 1981
(out of print)

THE BLUES DON’T CHANGE
New and Selected Poems
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1982
(out of print)

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KINDS OF BLUE
(musical memoirs)
Creative Arts Book Co., Berkeley, 1984
(out of print)

THINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE
(musical memoirs)
Creative Arts Book Co., Berkeley, 1987
(out of print)

Seduction by LightSEDUCTION BY LIGHT
(novel)
Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence, New York, 1988
Mandarin Paperback edition, London, 1989
(out of print)

HeavenHEAVEN
Collected Poems 1956-1990
Creative Arts Book Co., Berkeley, 1992
(out of print)

Straight No ChaserSTRAIGHT NO CHASER
(poetry chapbook)
Creative Arts Book Co., Berkeley 1994
(out of print)

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DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE
(musical memoirs)
The Ecco Press; Hopewell, New Jersey, 1995
(out of print)

Conjugal VisitsCONJUGAL VISITS
(poetry chapbook)
Creative Arts Book Co., Berkeley, 1996
(out of print)

Dreams RememberedTHE SOUND OF DREAMS REMEMBERED:
Poems 1990-2000

Creative Arts Book Co., Berkeley, 2001 (This edition is out of print; click on title to find used copies)

Loveletter Editions re-issue, Berkeley, 2006
(in print)
$15
Available from Small Press Distribution


Co-Edited by Al Young:

YARDBIRD LIVES!
(with Ishmael Reed)
Grove Press, New York, 1978
(out of print)

CALAFÍA
The California Poetry
(with Ishmael Reed, Bob Callahan, Shawn Wong, et al)
Y’Bird Books, Berkeley, 1979
(out of print)

Lit of CaliforniaTHE LITERATURE OF CALIFORNIA
Volume 1
(with Jack Hicks, James D. Houston, and Maxine Hong Kingston)
University of California Press, 2000, and 2002)
(in print)

Edited by Al Young:
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AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
A Brief Introduction and Anthology

The Harper Collins Literary Mosaic Series
HarperCollins College Publishers, New York, 1996
Addison Wesley Longman, New York, 2001
(currently in print)

cnia-cvr1-300x450 COASTAL NIGHTS AND INLAND AFTERNOONS: POEMS 2001-2006
The Poetry of Al Young
Angel City Press,
Santa Monica, 2006

(currently in print)

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THE SEA, THE SKY, AND YOU, AND I | Al Young, poetry; Dan Robbins, bass | Audio CD available now

March 3rd, 2009

Buy album or tracks at DigStation

Order directly from Al Young.Org

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$15, plus $1.75 shipping & handling plus 9.75% CA sales tax

TOTAL: $18.21

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Cover photo: Al Young

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The Sea, The Sky, And You, And I, an exciting new $15 compact disc from Bardo Digital, went on sale officially April 1, 2009, just in plenty of time to celebrate National Poetry Month, National Library Week, and National Jazz Appreciation Month.

Available soon from Apple’s iTunes Store, Rhapsody, Sony Connect, eMusic.com, AOL’s MusicNet, BuyMusic.com, the new Napster, Music Match, and other online retailers through CD Baby’s worldwide distribution web.

Right now you may download this album or individual tracks at DigStation.

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Back cover photo: Matt Scott
Album design: Jesse Hiatt
Burning Cat Studios, Santa Cruz, CA

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Produced by Al Young

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POW WOW: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience — Short Fiction from Then to Now

February 1st, 2009

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Edited by ISHMAEL REED
with Carla Blank

A unique “gathering of the people,” Pow Wow offers urgent, vivid insights into the fault lines that separate, distinguish, and define a nation made up of many Americas.

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Wajahat Ali, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Russell Banks, Mitch Berman,
Cecil Brown, Nash Candelaria, Wanda Coleman, Conyus, Robert Coover, Lucha Corpi, Stanley Crouch, Fielding Dawson, Vivian Demuth,
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Stanley Elkin,
James T. Farrell, Benjamin Franklin, Ellen Geist, Anna Nelson Harry, Robert Hass, Hillel Heinstein, Roberta Hill, Chester Himes,
Langston Hughes, Kristin Hunter, Zora Neale Hurston, Yuri Kageyama, William Melvin Kelley, John O. Killens, Susanne Lee,
Minjon LeNoir-Irwin, Russell Charles Leong, Walter K. Lew,
Paule Marshall, James Alan McPherson, Nancy Mercado,
Bharati Mukherjee, Alejandro Murguía, Aphrodite Désirée Navab,
Ty Pak, Grace Paley, Ishmael Reed, Danny Romero, Corie Rosen,
Floyd Salas, George S. Schuyler, Victor Séjour, Ntozake Shange,
Ray Smith, Gertrude Stein, Leon Surmelian, Mary TallMountain,
Mark Twain, E. Donald Two-Rivers, Gerald Vizenor, John A. Williams, Sholeh Wolpé, Charles Wright, Wakako Yamauchi, Frank Yerby,
Al Young, Edgardo Vega Yunqué

“Deprived of or excluded from the normal channels of communication by media increasingly monopolized by a few companies, people from diverse backgrounds and from different time periods may have no other means than writing to engage in a cross-cultural or a cross-time dialogue with one another. No other mean to comment on the important issues both historical and current: war, slavery, race, anti-Semitism, gender, class, dysfunctional family life and the like. Writing is a way by which minority thinkers can offer fresh perspectives and by which white thinkers can offer portraits of European Americans that are missing from the world as depicted by the corporate media, where all men look like Tom Cruise and all the women look like Farah Fawcett.”
Ishmael Reed (from his Foreword)

Da Capo Press
503 pages
$19.95 U.S.
ISBN 978-1-56858-342-6 (paperback)
January 2009

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*Authors pictured on the cover of POW WOW: Nztozake Shange, Alejandro Murguía, Gertrude Stein, Benjamin Franklin


POETRY SPEAKS | BOXED CALENDAR

November 26th, 2008

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2009 Poetry Speaks Boxed Calendar
(Poetry Speaks Experience)

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ISBN-13: 978-1402212666
$11.99
 
 A year of poets and poetry based on the bestselling book with audio, bringing you short poetry from the greatest poets past and present, along with their thoughts and reflections on their craft and fascinating biographical information. Includes much-loved favorites and little-known works by well-known as well as new poets, and introduces the reader to many new talents working today.
 
“In late 2007 we were excited to publish Poetry Speaks Expanded, a new edition of the classic book, now including the poems and audio of Joyce (yes, you can hear James Joyce read from Finnegan’s Wake), Jack Kerouac, and many more. We also published our first single-poet book and audio collection, Something About the Blues, by California poet laureate Al Young. This marked the beginning of a strategic expansion into new poetry collections, an initiative that I will be personally spearheading. And we continue to promote the joy and beauty of poetry in so many other ways.”
– Dominique Raccah
Publisher, Sourcebooks

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Poetry Speaks, Expanded

Elise Paschen and Rebekah Presson Mosby, Editors
ISBN-13:
978-1402210624

$49.95
Sourcebooks/MediaFusion

5.0 out of 5 stars An Enthralling Experience

Kathryn Atwood (Midwest) – See all my reviews

Although poetry was read, recited and memorized by entire families through the 19th century, during the 20th century it fell out of general popular favor. “Modern” poetry was considered too difficult for the average reader, so while it was read in schools and adored in academia, it moved out of the family parlor and into the anthology.

Enter the latest edition of “Poetry Speaks.” Seeking to make a new connection with potential readers (and listeners) of 20th century poetry, Sourcebooks has again assembled a package that is at once enthralling and educational. Each poet (47 in all) featured in the volume receives a biography, an extremely readable analysis of the poet’s work and several key poems. Some of the “chapters” also include a fascimilie of a poem or section of a poem written in the poet’s own hand.

The outstanding feature of “Poetry Speaks, Expanded” is, of course, the set of CDs which feature each poet reading their own work. This, aside from being extremely exciting for those of us with a bit of familiarity with a particular poet, also sheds some interesting light on the poems themselves. Who knew, for example, that Tennyson meant to emphasis the word “rode” in his poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” (as in: “into the valley of death RODE the six hundred) or that Gwendolyn Brooks’ “we” of “We Real Cool” was a barely audible syncopated beat in her famous poem?

But the real thrill is that by listening to the poets read their beautiful poems, one gets a window into their very souls. Carl Sandburg sounds Swedish (who knew?) and musical, Robert Frost sounds weary, Sylvia Plath sounds bitter, Edna St. Vincent Millay sounds actressy, Dorothy Parker sounds melancholy, Jack Kerouac sounds cool (which is obviously to be expected from the author of “On the Road,” but his beloved jazz music playing in the background helps!) and Robert Browning sounds, well, inaudible, but kudos to Sourcebooks for including him and several other 19th century poets — they’re a bit scratchy but, aside from Browning, basically audible. While listening to Dylan Thomas, one wonders if his absolutely gorgeous voice had something to do with his immense popularity, since he gave extensive readings of his work during his short lifetime.

In addition to including well known poets such as those already mentioned, “Poetry Speaks, Expanded” also includes the work of many lesser-known poets including Louise Bogan, Louis MacNeice, Muriel Rukeyser, Robert Duncan, and Robert Hayden. The book presents the material on each poet so thoroughly that it is a marvelous way to gain an introduction to the work of previously unfamiliar poets.

The poems collected here are the very best of the very best and hearing them read by their creators is absolutely breathtaking. The CD also contains brief but very insightful introductions to each poet by Charles Osgood who is very easy on the ears.

Poetry, in its essence, is meant to be heard, not merely seen, and this edition of “Poetry Speaks” has gone a long way towards making that happen.

Kathryn Atwood
Customer reviewer at Amazon.Com

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JIM TRAGESER REVIEWS THREE NEW BOOKS FOR MUSIC LOVERS

November 16th, 2008

Read the North County Times – Californian original

Content of staff writer Jim Trageser‘s reviews copyright © 2008 by the North County Times – Californian

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“1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die”
by Tom Moon


But it now from Amazon.com

  • Hardcover
  • Softcover
  • E-book (Kindle)
  • 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You DieAny music guide is going to be, by its very definition, subjective. It’s the nature of the beast. So to criticize a book like Tom Moon’s new guide by arguing that this record shouldn’t be here when this other one isn’t is pretty petty – and if that argument were to be adhered to, we’d simply not have any music-buying guides. But if one claims to be offering a basic guide to the best recordings in history, to be creating, as the book’s cover itself says, “A Listener’s Life List,” then there ought to be some sort of adherence to offering at least a foundation of what are generally considered to be the most influential and best recordings. And on that score, Moon’s book comes awfully close to failing. While the majority of albums on his list are worthy, and he shows an admirable willingness to list lesser-known albums that are wonderful listens, a series of blind spots in his selections are so egregious and so utterly misrepresent the history of 20th century music, that ultimately they leave this a deeply flawed book. (Read full review.)


    “Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life”
    by Wynton Marsalis with Geoffrey C. Ward

    But it now from Amazon.com

  • Hardcover
  • E-book (Kindle)
  • Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your LifeWynton Marsalis is one of the most influential musicians in the United States today. Through his role as leader of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program, through his numerous recordings and constant touring and lectures, Marsalis is leading much of our ongoing discussion about the role of art in our culture. A new book, written with Geoffrey C. Ward, is written in such a way that its main purpose seems to be as a jumping-off point for the next round of that discussion. Marsalis argues persuasively and passionately that jazz is unique among musical styles for its blend of improvisation and structure, with swing at the heart of it all. (Read full review.)


    “Jazz Idiom: Blueprints, Stills and Frames”
    Photographs by Charles L. Robinson; poetry by Al Young

    But it now from Amazon.com

  • Softcover
  • Jazz Idiom: Blueprints, Stills and FramesCharles Robinson doesn’t have the name recognition of a William Claxton, William Gottlieb or Chuck Stewart. But like his better-known associates, the California-based Robinson has spent his adult life taking photographs of jazz musicians. Some of his best are collected in a new book from Heyday, “Jazz Idiom: Blueprints, Stills and Frames.” It’s an intriguing collection presented here, a mix of performance shots and more relaxed, backstage candids. Robinson clearly had access – the multiple photographs of a recording session with saxophonist Illinois Jacquet and pianist John Lewis shows both men relaxed and utterly indifferent to the camera; that’s the mark of a good photog, there. (Read full review.)

     

     

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