NEW BOOKS FROM CAPRA PRESS:
We are delighted to present our new books from the rejuvenated
Capra Press. We think they are a delightful and representative potpourri
of literature, mysteries, poetry and general interest books. Beautifully
printed and artistically designed, the new entries fit right into
a long list of illustrious Capra titles. CLICK ON
THE TITLE OF EACH BOOK TO SEE MORE:
RICHARD Wind on the River
de Los Muertos Foreword by James Crumley
BARNABYLast Boat to
Foreword by Robert Crais
Humor Foreword by Fannie Flagg
EMMONS, ROBERT The
Road to Paradise Foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winner N. Scott
Rich Barre, noted author, joins Capra Press as associate publisher
We are pleased to announce that Rich Barre, winner of the Shamus
Award for the best first P. I. novel in 1996, has joined Capra Press
as associate publisher and senior editor. Not only has Rich been
the successful author of a string of wonderful mysteries, but he
also owned his own public relations and advertising company for
15 years. "Rich's empathy as an author and his skills in public
relations are going to make an indelible mark on the new Capra Press,"
said Bob Bason, Capra's new owner and publisher. "We are delighted
and lucky to have him with us. It's a great match." ebook manager
Read the Goleta Valley Voice article on the new Capra Press by clicking
Rich Barre and Bob Bason. Click here for
Rich Barre's homepage
Capra Press founder, Noel Young, died
in May 2002
Capra Press is saddened by the death of
its founder, Noel Young, on May 31, 2002. He had been suffering
from Alzheimer's disease for some time and the press had been sold
in 2001 to Robert Bason, a Santa Barbara book collector, who has
promised to carry on the literary traditions of Capra Press. Noel
is celebrated in the small press world as a remarkable entrepreneur
and will long be remembered for the list of works he published by
authors such as Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Ross McDonald, Ursula Le
Guin, Thomas Sanches, Edward Hoagland, Gretel Ehrlich, and Raymond
Carver, among others. Extensive obituaries about Noel were published
in the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well
as the Santa Barbara News-Press. His life was celebrated at a gathering
of his legion of friends and admirers on June 22. The legends about
his life will undoubtedly live on, as will his life's work - the
publication of hundreds of beautiful and important books. We will
miss you, Noel. Click here
to read about Noel's early life as a publisher.
Capra Press is reborn in 2002...
The Capra Press name, logo, and some remaining miscellaneous books
were purchased in 2001 by Robert Bason, a local Santa Barbara bookseller
and book lover. The previous Capra Press corporation had been closed
due to the illness of Noel Young, its founder. The focus of the
press will remain on literature, with selective books in other areas,
including fiction, mysteries, books on books, and a new section
of books by Santa Barbara authors and about Santa Barbara. To see
the available Capra backlist books for sale, click here.
Right: Capra's new owner, Bob Bason, with his
wife, Carol, and grandchildren Sian and Charlie.
Did you know that Capra was started in 1948...
Capra Press is one of the oldest private presses in Santa Barbara.
It was started in 1948 as Noel Young Printer. The first book was
published in 1969 under the name "Capricorn Press." The name of
the press was changed to Capra Press in 1979. To see a delightful
"memory" of the early years of Capra Press by its founder, Noel
Young, click here.
The first 10 years of Capra Press books...
A bibliography of Capra Press books (by Melissa Mytinger) for
its first 10 full years (1969-1979) was published by Capra Press
in 1979. You can see the full listing of the books by clicking here.
Collecting Capra Press books...
Early Capra Press books have become highly collectible. The first
editions of the Capra books by Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Ray Bradbury,
Raymond Carver, Lawrence Durrell, Gretel Ehrlich, Ross Macdonald,
and many others have become quite expensive. To see the checklist
of early Capra books, click here.
Some Capra Press books are still available...
A few miscellaneous copies of Capra Press's back list are still
available. Click here to check availability.
We want to hear from you...
We would be delighted to hear from you with questions about Capra
Press, our books, or anything else literary. Contact us by clicking
Capra's new Board of Advisors...
We are delighted to introduce members of Capra's new Board of
Advisors. The Board is composed of individuals whose personal prominence
and expression of public support for fine literature will help create
a positive environment for the renewed literary endeavors of Capra
Press. The Board is being formed now and other member will be added,
but the following are presently serving:
- Richard Barre - Shamus Award-winning author of the Wil
Hardesty series. Click here to see Rich Barre's
- Brian Fagan - Professor of Anthropology at UCSB and prolific
and bestselling author of works on archaeology (as well as his
avocation - sailing).
- Steve Gilbar - An anthologist with 11 books on the joys
and pleasures of reading.
- Frank Kelly - Author, former speechwriter for President
- Shelly Lowenkopf - Author and teacher in the Writing
Program at USC.
- Dennis Lynds - Prolific author of over 60 works (under
the pseudonyms of Michael Collins and at least four other names),
winner of the Edgar Award.
- David Myrick - Author, probably the West's preeminent
authority on railroads.
- Ralph Sipper - An authority on modern first editions,
author of several books (most notably about Ross Macdonald)
and owner of Ralph Sipper Books.
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Dennis Lynds in a Jerry Bauer photo
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