Communication Professor Sonora Jha, PhD, published "On Spine and Crown" in Seattle, City of Literature (2015, Sasquatch Books). The anthology of Seattle writers is a collection of essays, history, and personal stories that pay tribute to Seattle?s literary heritage.
"In my chapter, I talk about Seattle's culture of independent bookstores," Jha said. "It's a personal account and tribute to The Spine and Crown bookstore that closed down recently to make way for an increasingly gentrified Capitol Hill neighborhood."
Jha joins Paul Constant of the Seattle Review of Books, publisher Eric Reynolds, and writer Ryan Boudinot for a discussion of Seattle's growing literary representation on both the regional and international scene on October 1, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Third Place Books, Seattle.
A former journalist in India and Singapore, Jha teaches journalism and mass communication. Her scholarship focuses on the press, politics, and the Internet. In addition to her teaching, she advises the campus newspaper, The Spectator, and leads a study-abroad program on journalism and mass media in India. Jha received glowing accolades for her first book of fiction Foreign, published in India and sold in the United States at the Elliott Bay Book Company.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees, 7 master's degrees, and 3 graduate certificates. The Communication Department offers a Communication and Media degree with specializations in Communication Studies, Journalism, and Strategic Communications.