I am thrilled to announce that my cartoon/verse memoir By the Forces of Gravity will be published by Books by Hippocampus (follow the link to the press release). The story spans the time when I dropped out of fifth grade, left home and met a girl who forever changed my perception of the universe.
From Hippocampus: “Rebecca Fish Ewan’s illustrated coming-of-age memoir By the Forces of Gravity is told through drawings and free verse. Set in early-1970s Berkeley, California, Rebecca’s story reflects on a childhood friendship cut short by tragedy. In an era of laissez-faire parenting, Rebecca drops out of elementary school and takes up residence in a kids commune—no parents allowed!—and we follow her, bestie Luna, and their hippie cohorts as they search for love, acceptance, and cosmic truths. Full of adventure and heartache, By the Forces of Gravity promises to pull you in.”
Ariel Gore, author of The End of Eve, called the manuscript “fucking amazing, destroy-you-in-a-good-way amazing.” Chip Sullivan, Berkeley Professor and author of upcoming Cartooning the Landscape, says By the Forces of Gravity is “a visually and emotionally compelling coming-of-age classic.”
A Land Between (Johns Hopkins University Press) is a work of creative nonfiction that explores the natural and cultural history of the Owens Valley in California. It received a national ASLA award.
From the back jacket: “A Land Between explores the central idea of how people’s preconceptions and perceptions of a place—in this case, Owens Valley—influence their interventions on the land. Rebecca Fish Ewan draws on primary sources, oral histories, and conversations; her gentle and poetic essays, illustrated with historical images and her own photographs of the region, provide a complex, multifaceted perspective on the land, the history, and the people of the Owens Valley.”
I’ve also launched three zines under my micro publishing imprint, Plankton Press.
My obsession is mixed-media/hybrid creative nonfiction, but I’ve also written a series of Young Adult novels based on the belief that love is definitely within reach if one can time travel to an alternate reality and steer clear of pie. So… hopeful. These stories are set in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sedona, Arizona, and Phoenix between 1961 and 2050. An excerpt from the third manuscript, working title Hold My Hand, was published in the 25th anniversary issue (Fall/Winter 2013) of IT Post.