James Steiner ’88
Figure This Out (Thermal Studio)
Figure This Out by James Steiner ’88 features 12 original tracks recorded in the cracks between
kids, work and youth’s twilight. Former Breaking Benjamin and Seether drummer Kevin Soffera
lays the foundation for a collection of rock songs that span the light-hearted, the nostalgic, the
worldly, the desolate and the intensely personal, perhaps proving that one is never too old to
strap on an electric guitar.
guides them through the fine points
of wild-yeast starters, fermentation,
shaping and the final bake.
David Marren ’83
Bear Tracks: The Development of the
Repo Strip Market at Bear Stearns
David Marren ’83,
Michael Dermer ’90
a 25-year veteran of
Bear Stearns, which
collapsed during the
financial crisis of
2008, recounts his
experiences at the
investment bank. Diagnosed with
primary lateral sclerosis in 2007,
Marren’s goal is to raise funds for PLS
research with proceeds from the book.
The Lonely Entrepreneur
(TLE Enterprises LLC)
Michael Dermer ’90 chronicles how
In the Name of Love
he saved his company
after it was devastated
during the financial
crisis of 2008. His
book explains how a
change of perspective
can help entrepreneurs
2016 COMMON READING
Members of the Class of 2020 are getting a
taste of college essay writing this summer.
The future first-year students were mailed
a copy of the novel Loving Day by Mat
Johnson and tasked with reading, analyzing
and writing to a provided prompt before
arriving on campus.
Loving Day was named a New York Times
Notable Book and one of the Best Books
of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle
On Aug. 19 the approximately 950 students will be divided into 70
groups led by faculty, staff and upper-level students to tackle this novel
that deals candidly with identity and race. This is the sixth year the
entering class has engaged in discussion surrounding a common reading
Mat Johnson is the author of multiple novels, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro
Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States
Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/ Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble
Discover Great New Writers selection and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.
Johnson is a professor at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.