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Berkeley in Books: Evacuation Order #19

Julie Otsuka has been awarded the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for her second novel, The Buddha in the Attic. Otsuka, a California native who studied art at Yale and later took her MFA at Columbia, opened her first novel, When the Emperor was Divine, in Berkeley, a few months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when, by Executive Order, all Japanese and Japanese-Americans were being removed to internment camps. Here’s how it opens:

Before Pinecrest

The footage is of the Lair of the Golden Bear from the year 1948, shot by none other than Robert Sibley, former longtime executive director of the California Alumni Association and also for many years editor of the California Monthly, the predecessor publication to CALIFORNIA. Lair veterans will qulckly notice that this is not the Lair they know and love, but rather its forerunner, in Shasta County.

Doe Library Celebrates 100 Years

Bene Legere Saecla Vincere. To read well is to vanquish the centuries. The Doe Centennial Committee will liberate the monumental painting of Bishop Berkeley from museum storage, offering our namesake an honored place in the Library this centennial year. We liked the expression on his face as he embraced a book. And we were pleased to see that Berkeley was pictured with his words, “Westward the course of empire …” Read more

Fight for California

The Cal Band is unique among major college marching bands in being almost entirely student-run and independent of both the music and athletics departments. That independence has engendered intense pride among band members, who, due to a lack of funding, regularly pay out of pocket to travel to away games. As Ezra Carlsen writes in the latest issue of CALIFORNIA (See: Spirit on a Shoestring, p.42):

Mix Tape

What was your first concert? The first record you bought? What song or songs would you put on a “Soundtrack of Berkeley”?

Articles of Faith

The Spring 2011 issue of California (“Articles of Faith”) is now out and should be arriving in mailboxes soon. We wanted to do a faith issue that wasn’t strictly about faith in God or religion per se, but rather about all the stuff people believe in—everything from hybrid cars to karma, democracy to deities. We had faith, as always, that our Design Director, Michiko Toki, would come up with a cover that would make our concept coherent. And hallelujah! She did it again.

The Last Season

The Cal baseball team went 3-0 at AT&T Park last weekend, notching wins over Louisiana-Lafayette, Long Beach State, and #18 Rice. The Bears were the only undefeated team in what was billed as the first annual Cal Baseball Classic. First, and unless something changes, last, that is.

Witnesses to History

Readers of the Wall Street Journal may have been aware that Cal Discoveries had a tour in Cairo when protests there began. There were 35 people in the group, ages 13 to 90. We’re happy to report that they all made it back safely.


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