A look at recently published works by UCR faculty, staff, and alumni


Willie Boy & The Last Western Manhunt
“Willie Boy & The Last Western Manhunt”

By Clifford E. Trafzer

Coyote Hill Press

November 2020, 262 pages

Over a century ago, a young Paiute-Chemehuevi man, Willie Boy, fell in love with a distant relative, Carlota. When her father disapproved of the union, Willie Boy allegedly killed him and sparked a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s manhunt. Through in-depth research and interviews, Trafzer uncovers new details in the story of Willie Boy, including a new ending.

Trafzer is a distinguished professor of history and the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs.

The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle
“The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle”

By Myisha Cherry

Oxford University Press

October 2021, 224 pages

Anger does not deserve its bad reputation, according to Cherry. Instead, anger is powerful, and its power can be a force for good. Drawing on inspiring examples from the Civil Rights movement, as well as other moments in the history of anti-racist struggle, “The Case for Rage” showcases the power of anger in the quest for racial justice.

Cherry is an assistant professor of philosophy.

The Union Blockade in the American Civil War: A Reassessment
“The Union Blockade in the American Civil War: A Reassessment”

By Michael Brem Bonner ’06 and Peter McCord ’03

University of Tennessee Press

July 2021, 226 pages

The Union blockade was a massive undertaking by Great Britain and the U.S. during the Civil War. Incorporating previously unexamined British primary sources, the authors deliver their analysis of the blockade, blockade-running, and a reassessment of the blockade’s effectiveness.

Bonner and McCord earned their doctorates in history from UCR.


Palm Springs Noir
“Palm Springs Noir”

Edited by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Akashic Books

July 2021, 304 pages

Part of Akashic Books’ “Noir” series, this collection features new short stories set in Palm Springs by 14 authors, including Tod Goldberg, Rob Roberge, and Alex Espinoza.

Goldberg is a professor of creative writing and director of the UCR Palm Desert low-residency MFA program. Roberge is an adjunct professor at the Palm Desert low-residency MFA program. Espinoza is an associate professor of creative writing and the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing.

More Dreamers of the Golden Dream
“More Dreamers of the Golden Dream”

By Susan Straight

Photography by Douglas McCulloh

Inlandia Institute

October 2020, 124 pages

Informed by the exhibition of the same name, “More Dreamers of the Golden Dream” features stories of life in Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood. Through Straight’s words and McCulloh’s photographs, the book explores four generations of Riverside’s diverse residents and the newcomers who call the Eastside home today.

Straight is a distinguished professor of creative writing. McCulloh is senior curator of exhibitions at UCR ARTS.

Güero-Güero: The White Mexican and Other Published and Unpublished Stories
“Güero-Güero: The White Mexican and Other Published and Unpublished Stories”

By Eliud Martínez

Inlandia Institute

March 2021, 198 pages

In this short story collection, Martínez returns to his native Texas as Miguel Velásquez, the fictional narrator of the book’s 20 tales. The stories are inspired by Martínez’s own upbringing in Pflugerville, Texas, on the outskirts of Austin, and the histories passed down to him by family elders.

Martínez, who passed away in December 2020, was professor emeritus of creative writing. 


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