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NEW BOOKS • • • All of Sanora Babb's work is now in print!
Just published are new collections: Told in the Seed and Selected Poems and The Dark Earth and Selected Prose from the Great Depression. Also, a second edition of her short story collection Cry of the Tinamou. Importantly, a first-ever collection of essays, Unknown No More: Recovering Sanora Babb,by distinguished researchers and scholars explore Babb's life and work. This path-breaking book addresses her position within the literature of the Great Plains and American West, her leftist political odyssey, gender roles, and her eco-feminist leanings as reflected in the environmental themes she explored in her fiction and nonfiction. 

An Owl on Every Post

A memoir of how the author experienced pioneer life in a one-room dugout, eye-level with the land that supported, tormented and beguiled her; where her family fought for their lives against drought, crop-failure, starvation, and almost unfathomable loneliness. Learning to read from newspapers that lined the dugout’s dirt walls, she grew up to be a journalist, then a writer of unforgettable books.

Whose Names Are Unknown

A clear-eyed and unsentimental story of the Dunne family as they struggle to survive in the Oklahoma Panhandle while never losing faith in themselves. Even when they flee to California and face even worse circumstances as migrant workers. Written with empathy for their plight, this powerful narrative is based upon the author’s firsthand experiences of the dust storms and migrant camps in California.

The Lost Traveler

This novel of a gambler and his family is almost entirely autobiographical. The father, a complex and magnetic man, is portrayed from the perspective of his willful and proud daughter Robin. This rich character study of the classic American individualist also presents a picture, rare at the time of its original publication, of a brave, self-reliant young woman.

On the Dirty Plate Trail: Remembering the Dust Bowl Refugee Camps

A vivid, firsthand account of the migrant labor camps in California in the 1930s from Sanora Babb's field notes and her sister Dorothy's photographs. Edited with an introduction and commentaries by Douglas Wixson.

Cry of the Tinamou

A selection of 15 short stories, two of which have been widely anthologized and two others written specifically for this volume.

Writings on Sanora Babb

The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship and Farming since the Dust Bowl

Sarah Wald offers a new way of thinking through questions of national belonging by probing the relationships among race, labor, and land ownership. She delivers “brilliant new insights” from her reading of literary, archival, and popular-culture objects which makes for a unique and provocative book. Of particular interest is the chapter she devotes to an in-depth analysis of Sanora Babb’s Whose Names Are Unknown and Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.
University of Washington Press, 2016

Ain't Got No Home: America's Great Migrations and the Making of an Interracial Left

Erin Royston Battat devotes an entire chapter to Sanora Babb and her novel Whose Names Are Unknown. She writes: Babb’s subject matter was close to her heart; she wrote about rural people in her native region of the high plains. "These were the people I knew all my life, [Babb] wrote . . . I knew them and lived with them through the hard pioneering days of breaking new land, of more prosperous days, of the early depression years.” Within the chapter Battat addresses populism, regionalism, and gender in Babb’s novel and her vision of interracial unionism. (University of North Carolina Press, 2014)

Regionalists on the Left: Radical Voices from the American West

Editor Michael C. Steiner has assembled a group of distinguished scholars who explore the lives and works of sixteen progressive western intellectuals, authors, and artists, ranging from nationally prominent figures such as John Steinbeck and Carey McWilliams to lesser-known writers such as Carlos Bulosan. Chapter 5 is Radical by Nature: Sanora Babb and Ecological Disaster on the High Plains, 1900-40. (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013)