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New books by UTS Authors

Highlighting some recent additions to our collection by UTS authors and editors.
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The Poet's Wife

Author
Mandy Sayer , Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - "Even though we'd grown up in vastly different cultures and countries, we'd both known poverty, domestic violence and the expectation that neither one of us would ever amount to anything. That was probably what united us more than anything: our shared defiance of that prediction."

She tap-danced on street corners for people's small change. He was an out-of-work university teacher, poet and Vietnam vet. She was white and from Australia. He was black and from the Deep South. They met on Mardi Gras, New Orleans in 1985. She was twenty-two. He was nearly forty. They fell in love. They married. What happened next will thrill, move, perplex and enrage you. It will break your heart.

The Poet's Wife tells the story of the ten years that Mandy Sayer and Yusef Komunyakaa spent together, first as lovers, then as husband and wife. During that time he became a famous poet, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the highest honour for poetry in the United States, and a university professor. At the same time, Mandy became a writer, winning the Vogel Prize for young Australian writers for her first novel, Mood Indigo. She is now an acclaimed author and journalist and has written two award-winning memoirs, Velocity and Dreamtime Alice.

The Poet's Wife traces her life from the end of Dreamtime Alice, and again confirms Sayer's place as one of our most lyrical and most courageous writers - memoirist like no other.

The Heaving Pavement : Epistles on an anxious life

Author
Ramon Loyola , Masters Creative Writing and the MLLP (now Juris Doctor) program, University of Technology Sydney

Description - This new book by the author of two previous poetry collections on life, love, grief and loss (not poems, just words and I Look For You In Other Truths) offers a unique take on the reason for why there needs to be more understanding and support afforded anyone who suffers from some form of anxiety or panic disorder, particularly in the current state of world affairs.

Loyola writes with introspective leanings, full of questions and self realisations about the ways and means of dealing with his own anxiety and of professing his creative aspirations.

Loyola proves in The Heaving Pavement that anxiety is an insidious illness that could engulf anyone who has the propensity to feel like an outsider and to be left to his own devices in dealing with the grief that anxiety brings and in embracing the slivers of hope that it heralds at the end of its unwelcomed grip.

Clade

Author
James Bradley, Doctor of Creative Arts, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - 'A provocative, urgent novel about time, family and how a changing planet might change our lives, from James Bradley, acclaimed author of The Resurrectionist and editor of The Penguin Book of the Ocean.

'Compelling, challenging and resilient, over ten beautifully contained chapters, Clade canvasses three generations from the very near future to late this century. Central to the novel is the family of Adam, a scientist, and his wife Ellie, an artist. Clade opens with them wanting a child and Adam in a quandary about the wisdom of this. Their daughter proves to be an elusive little girl and then a troubled teenager, and by now cracks have appeared in her parents' marriage. Their grandson is in turn a troubled boy, but when his character reappears as an adult he's an astronomer, one set to discover something astounding in the universe. With great skill James Bradley shifts us subtly forward through the decades, through disasters and plagues, miraculous small moments and acts of great courage. Elegant, evocative, understated and thought-provoking, it is the work of a writer in command of the major themes of our time.'

Are we there yet? Insights on how to lead by design

Author
Sam Bucolo , Director, Innovation and Engagement, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - The fundamental question that the book addresses is, Are our innovation efforts aligned to the challenges of our times? We face high costs, global competition, low productivity, and technology disruptions. Our education system is geared towards solving known problems through an inductive thinking mindset. We have relied on massive technology investments as our source of competitive advantage, but our growth is declining. If we want to maintain our standard of living, we need firms to grow.

The concept of design thinking is often described as the mindset for firms to make this transition. But with so much being written on design thinking, why do so many firms struggle to adopt this mindset and make this transition?

Designing for the common good

Author
Kees Dorst, Director, Designing Out Crime Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - Our societies are becoming more complex, dynamic, and networked every day. Public organizations and companies alike are learning the hard way that the societal challenges before us cannot be resolved as they were in the past. We need new approaches to these problems.

Over the past ten years, an increasing number of government organizations, companies, and individuals have realized that special practices from design can help us rise to the challenge.

At the core of this book are twenty case studies from around the world that demonstrate how design approaches can be used for societal change. These extensive case descriptions are interspersed with reflections, lessons learned, and tricks and tips for the practitioner, culminating in a vision of how design can revolutionize society.

Prince of Afghanistan

Author
Louis Nowra , Writer in Residence 2014, University of Technology Sydney.

Description - Black parachutes fall from the sky: young soldiers - and a dog - on a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan.

But the mission ends in chaos, and Mark and Prince embark on a perilous journey through enemy territory. They depend on each other to survive.

A dramatic and powerful story of war and the bond between a young soldier and a dog, from the acclaimed author of Into That Forest.

Big Little Lies

Author
Liane Moriarty, Bachelor of Business, University of Technology Sydney

Description - A murder...a tragic accident...or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She's funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline's youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline's teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline's ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn't be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why?

While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Interior Urbanism : Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America

Author
Charles Rice, Associate Dean (Research), Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney

Description - Vast interior spaces have become ubiquitous in the contemporary city. The soaring atriums and concourses of mega-hotels, shopping malls and transport interchanges define an increasingly normal experience of being 'inside' in a city. Yet such spaces are also subject to intense criticism and claims that they can destroy the quality of a city's authentic life 'on the outside'.

Interior Urbanism explores the roots of this contemporary tension between inside and outside, identifying and analysing the concept of interior urbanism and tracing its history back to the works of John Portman and Associates in 1960s and 70s America. Portman – increasingly recognised as an influential yet understudied figure – was responsible for projects such as Peachtree Center in Atlanta and the Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel, developments that employed vast internal atriums to define a world of possibilities not just for hotels and commercial spaces, but for the future of the American downtown amid the upheavals of the 1960s and 70s. 

The book analyses Portman's architecture in order to reconsider major contexts of debate in architecture and urbanism in this period, including the massive expansion of a commercial imperative in architecture, shifts in the governance and development of cities amid social and economic instability, the rise of postmodernism and critical urban studies, and the defence of the street and public space amid the continual upheavals of urban development.

In this way the book reconsiders the American city at a crucial time in its development, identifying lessons for how we consider the forces at work, and the spaces produced, in cities in the present.

45 Writers' Typewriters

Author
Zoë Sadokierski, Lecturer, School of Design, University of Technology Sydney

Description - This illustrated book celebrates the relationships writers have with their typewriters...

Typewriters that once belonged to famous writers are retired to museum or library archives, inanimate objects that represent the work of an admired individual.

From these archives, the author found photographs of 45 writer's actual typewriters to draw from, and sought anecdotes about each writer's relationship to their writing machine.

Books on Demand : an exhibition of twelve illustrated books produced using print-on-demand services

Author
Zoë Sadokierski, Lecturer, School of Design, University of Technology Sydney

Description - An exhibition of recent experimental bookwork by Zoë Sadokiereski, Books On Demand investigates the possibilities of print-on-demand publishing.

The 12 books in the show have eclectic themes:

  • Birds With Smutty Names depicts 20 birds with names that prove ornithologists have a sense of humour, from the Agile Tit-Tyrant to the Moustached Flowerpiercer, each bird is illustrated using collaged pages from an erotic novel
  • Analogue Bodies is a collection of essays by Tom Lee, about feet and teeth, illustrated using archival material from science museums
  • Writers' Typewriters presents anecdotes about 45 famous writers' creative process, alongside drawings of their actual typewriters.

This catalogue documents the process behind each book, with reflections on the print-on-demand production process.

Markets, Places, Cities

Author
Kirsten Seale, Academic, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney

Description - This illustrated book celebrates the relationships writers have with their typewriters...

Typewriters that once belonged to famous writers are retired to museum or library archives, inanimate objects that represent the work of an admired individual.

From these archives, the author found photographs of 45 writer's actual typewriters to draw from, and sought anecdotes about each writer's relationship to their writing machine.

UTS Library is dedicated to collecting the books of UTS Authors. If we have missed adding anything published in the last 3 years by UTS staff, students or alumni, please let us know by emailing Merrillie Redden.