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by Gayle Wattawa

eBook Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California's Inland Empire (California Legacy) epub
  • ISBN: 1597140376
  • Author: Gayle Wattawa
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Heyday; 1st. edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 433 pages
  • ePUB size: 1318 kb
  • FB2 size 1334 kb
  • Formats lrf lit docx mbr

Gayle Wattawa, thoroughly addicted to contemporary literature, always carries with her a well-worn public library card .

Series: California Legacy.

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The California Legacy Project (CLP) began in 2000 as a project at Santa Clara University (SCU) . California Legacy Project.

This anthology broadcasts nearly 500 literary segments ranging from Gold Rush narratives to Beat poetry.

All about Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California's Inland . An excellent anthology of writings set in the Inland Empire and/or written by authors from the IE.

All about Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California's Inland Empire (California Legacy) by Gayle Wattawa. It certainly gives one a different perspective on an area that has always gotten short shrift (and happens to be where I live). ) FionaCat Jul 20, 2007.

The Inlandia Institute is a lively center of literary activity serving the 29,000 sq. mile inland Southern California Region.

The general objective of The California Legacy Project is "to raise public awareness and appreciation for our state's .

The general objective of The California Legacy Project is "to raise public awareness and appreciation for our state's cultural legacy and to encourage faculty and students in their creative and scholarly interest in Californian culture. California Legacy Series. Indian Tales; Introduction by Darryl Babe Wilson.

The California Legacy Project began in 2000 as a project at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA and later partnered with .

Inland is a novel by Gerald Murnane, first published in 1988. Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California's Inland Empire (California Legacy). Set in the plains of Hungary, the United States and Australia, Inland explores themes of memory, landscape, longing, love and writing.

A groundbreaking anthology from the land east of Los Angeles

Showcasing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and other literature by such luminaries as Joan Didion, Raymond Chandler, M.F.K. Fisher, and others, Inlandia puts a new literary region on the map.

A land of dramatic landscapes and increasingly dynamic human developments, the Inland Empire is becoming much more than just ''the area east of Los Angeles.'' Unique in its own history and a microcosm of America at large, it is a land of startling racial, socio-economic, and ideological diversity that has long produced innovative and passionate writing.

Inlandia is a fascinating study of the journey of a people bound by geography yet striving for self-identity and artistic recognition, and of a land that is becoming both more prosperous and endangered. Over eighty writers are represented in the anthology, with material ranging from Indian stories and early explorers' narratives to pieces written by local emerging authors.

Comments: (7)
I was a post WW2 baby who was raised in San Bernardino, California, so I can testify that this book -- from the introduction by Susan Straight to the carefully selected fiction, non-fiction, and poetry -- offers a realistic portrait of a unique geographic area of Southern California. When I grew up in the Inland Empire, we were told, and rightly so, that we lived in the best place, in the best state, in the best country in the world. My hometown is one hour from Newport Beach, less than an hour to Arrowhead and Big Bear Lakes, one hour to downtown Los Angeles, and less than an hour to the deserts of Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. I had to leave my hometown when the smog was so thick we could not see the mountains surrounding our paradise, our valley. Now, the San Bernardino I knew no longer exists, but reading this book reminded me how lucky we were to grow up in the Inland Empire. On another topic, I was surprised and pleased to learn that this book is used in college writing courses. I hope it is being used at San Bernardino Valley College, Cal State University San Bernardino, University of Redlands, and University of CA Riverside.
I cannot say enough about this outstanding collection of work. Start by reading "Glitter," the poem by Brandy Burrows, which I believe sets the tone for the anthology in terms of attitude--no, the I.E. does not 'shine' in the same way Hollywood does, but shine it does, in its own way, and should not be devalued. You will find writers here from Susan Straight to Joan Didion, and some that may as yet be unfamiliar, but their work is skillfully crafted nonetheless.

The anthology is well worth the price, as you will spend hours moving from historical narrative to short stories to poetry and back again. I love this book for the treasures inside and for its proud representation of Inlandia. You will not be disappointed....
Very informative. Sometimes would wish stories would last longer.
It is quite moving to read and love a book about a place you actually hated while living there(years ago). Such a strong sense of California and its inland landscape in this book. I recommend it for collectors of regional works and for people who once lived in or near the Inland Empire.
Great book - especially if you live in The I E.
Long the Rodney Dangerfield of Southern California, the Inland Empire sits about an hour east of Los Angeles and encompasses the fast-growing counties of Riverside and San Bernardino.

Far from the beaches of Malibu, it is a tough land, some say, the home of biker gangs and urban sprawl, a land buffeted by the unrelenting Santa Ana (or "Devil") winds that can flip cars and jangle nerves. Tell an Angeleno that you make your home in the Inland Empire and be prepared for the condescending half-smile followed by a wisecrack: "Oh, the methamphetamine capital of the world."

But this era of insult might have come to an end, if Heyday Books and Santa Clara University have any say in it. Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California's Inland Empire, meticulously edited by Gayle Wattawa ($18.95 paperback), is an ambitious collection that finally gives the area its due as a culturally and historically vital component of Southern California.

In the anthology's introduction, Riverside native and National Book Award finalist Susan Straight tells us that she has striven to infuse her writing with "the fierceness we retain in these small places where people loved their own with the vehemence, the stubborn and suspicious and inventive qualities required to survive this part of Southern California."

Straight is not alone in attempting to depict all the complexities and beauty of the Inland Empire and its people. More than 70 authors are represented in fiction, poetry, native legends, journal entries and other writings from the 1700s to the present.

Some of the writers enjoy worldwide fame and have been translated into many languages. We're treated to an excerpt from a 1930 tough-guy novelette, "Blood-Red Gold," by Erle Stanley Gardner, the creator of Perry Mason. And there's the exquisitely creepy essay, "Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream" by Joan Didion, concerning a woman accused of murder in the 1960s. Other "big names" abound, including Norman Mailer, John Steinbeck, Joan Baez and Raymond Chandler.

Wattawa includes newer voices, writers who have lived or are living in the region and who feel compelled to chronicle the history and culture of their home through fiction. Kathleen Alcalá, who grew up in San Bernardino, offers the short story "Gypsy Lover," a haunting tale of one girl's attempt to come to terms with her older sister's mysterious disappearance. And in "Georgie and Wanda," Michael Jaime-Becerra skillfully fictionalizes the racial bigotry faced by a young couple in Riverside circa 1956.

Many of the nonfiction pieces are simply heartbreaking. Diary excerpts from George Fujimoto Jr. starkly recount the federal government's rounding up of his family members, who were housed in Arizona internment camps for the duration of World War II. Similarly, Malcolm Margolin's "The Cupueño Expulsion of 1903" details the removal of a native people for their valuable land.

Smaller-scale tragedies are perfectly rendered here, too, as in Alex Espinoza's powerful short story, "Santo Niño," that brings us into the lives of two young women as they battle economic hardship, infertility and strained relationships. And in "hap & hazard highland" by Keenan Norris, a young ex-con tries to reconnect with his old neighborhood as well as with his youthful dreams.

At the turn of each page, there are surprising little shocks as we enter themes radically different from the one before. For example, after the essay "909," Percival Everett's wry and provocative contemplation of Riverside County, out of the blue follows Sholeh Wolpé's poem, "Morning After the U.S. Invasion of Iraq," in which the community of Redlands seems unfazed by the beginning of the war: "The chatter is as always, quiet, / The smiles as always, broad."

No review can fully capture the breadth and spirit of this remarkable anthology. Suffice it to say that each author surprises, informs and entertains. Inlandia paints a complex and compelling portrait of a region that is simultaneously beautiful and harsh, multicultural and alienating, vibrant and destructive. Without question, it is a portrait that commands our respect. [This review first appeared in the El Paso Times.]
I got this book as a textbook for my English 101 class, and I must say that I was extremely pleased with what I have received. It was less than half the price of the bookstore version and in almost exactly the same condition. It was very easy to find on Amazon and I didn't have to go through any online hassle in the process of ordering. And since I needed it right away, I was thrilled with the short interval between order and delivery. I give it an A. Plus.
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