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Alcoholic Vegetarian: poetry readings by Sierra-Nicole Qualles & Franklin K.R. Cline

Old Capitol Books is pleased to welcome Milwaukee poetry publishers Alcoholic Vegetarian and their cadre of touring poets, Sierra-Nicole Qualles & Franklin K.R. Cline. Continue reading Alcoholic Vegetarian: poetry readings by Sierra-Nicole Qualles & Franklin K.R. Cline


Theory & Philosophy Reading Group 31: James C. Scott

Old Capitol Books and the Direct Action Monterey Network are coming together for the thirtieth discussion in the Theory and Philosophy Reading Group. This is a mini-series within the broader project which explores anarchist theories of the state.

Where: Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street
When: Friday 15 December 2017, 7pm



  • “Introduction” Thinking Like a State (available free here)
  • Read the introduction and Part I (to page 52)


james-c-scott_0James Scott is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is Director of the Agrarian Studies Program. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, Science, Technology and Society Program at M.I.T., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism. He is currently teaching Agrarian Studies and Rebellion, Resistance and Repression.

Recent publications include “Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed”, Yale University Press, 1997; “Geographies of Trust: Geographies of Hierarchy,” in Democracy and Trust, 1998; “State Simplifications and Practical Knowledge,” in People’s Economy, People’s Ecology, 1998 and The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist  History of Upland Southeast Asia” (Yale  Press, 2009). (Yale University, Department of Political Science)

Featured Book #4: Le Morte D’Arthur (Dorset Press)

We have recently got our happy hands on a beautiful edition of Le Morte D’Arthur by Thomas Malory, a retelling of the story of King Arthur’s court, the knights of Camelot, and the love affair between Guinevere and Lancelot originally published in 1485.

Ours in a stunning facsimile of the 1909 illustrated edition, with illustrations by none other than the bawdy Aubrey Beardsley. Hardcover, in original dust jacket, with original slip case.

The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium presents Kim Ly Bui-Burton & Dan Baldwin

The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Presents: Kim Ly Bui-Burton & Dan Baldwin
Sunday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.
$5.00 Admission
Old Capitol Books 559 Tyler Street, Monterey (between Pearl and Munras)

Kim Ly Bui-Burton is a Vietnamese-American poet who has lived on the Peninsula since the 60s. Kim graduated from UCSC with a degree in Literature/Creative Writing and from SJSU with an MLIS. Her poems have been anthologized in works as diverse as Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing, I am Becoming the Woman I’ve Wanted, a National Book Award winner and The Body Eclectic: an anthology of poetry for teens. Kim works in municipal government as a Community Services Director.

Dan Baldwin has been writing poetry for approximately 15 years. He has an M.A. in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. He was a writer for many years in Dallas, Texas. After a 15-year museum career, he became CEO of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has been CEO of the Community Foundation for Monterey County since 2010. He is married to Anne Ylvisaker, an award-winning writer of middle grade fiction.

Upcoming Readings: December 10: Cheryldee Huddleston and Linda Janakos
For more information, please contact John Laue: (831) 684-0854 Cosponsored by the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium

Thinking Critically about Society Fall 2017 Series announced!

November 2017: It’s that time again! Old Capitol Books, the Direct Action Monterey Network, and the Monterey Community Education Project are teaming up to bring you a series of free seminars and discussions on critical thinking and social theory. This November we’re having three seminars: Marxist-Feminism, Post-Colonial Theory, and Learning from the Paris Commune. These discussions are facilitated by local professors at CSU Monterey Bay, local activists, and thinkers (just like you!) Continue reading Thinking Critically about Society Fall 2017 Series announced!