The Cruise of the Fairweather
The Cruise of the Fairweather
Suttie Adams
204 pages
August 2013
ISBN 978-0-9797613-5-5

The Cruise of the Fairweather is an account of a circumnavigation, from San Francisco to San Francisco, that began by sailing down the west coast of Mexico, and then by sailing west: across the South Seas, the East Indies, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean, and then back up the west coast of Mexico. The cruise lasted four years, from March 1961 to April 1965. This account is based on the journal that Suttie Adams kept during the cruise, supplemented with details from Fairweather’s logbook and 38 original photos. During the four years of the cruise, the schooner Fairweather sailed 35,566 miles, spent 349 days at sea, and visited 103 ports. Was it a successful cruise? Well, many of the original crew were still aboard when the Fairweather sailed back under the Golden Gate and into San Francisco Bay. Those few who left the schooner during the cruise never left willingly, with the possible exception of Bill Adams, the original captain, but let Suttie tell that story.

The Cruise of the Jest
The Cruise of the Jest
Jon Adams
266 pages
January 2008
ISBN 978-0-9797613-0-0

From the back cover of the novel: His father told him to sail Jest, a 35-foot boat, from San Francisco to Hawaii. No, he thought. No, he couldn’t imagine himself doing that. He couldn’t imagine spending days at sea and sailing thousands of miles with nothing but an empty horizon before him. But he knew his father would be after him. So he took Jest out of her slip in Sausalito and tried to hide in a small, out-of-the-way harbor. When that didn’t work, he tried to run away by sailing down the coast to Mexico. But that wasn’t enough either. He had to keep running by sailing across the ocean to the South Seas. He sailed farther than he planned, farther than he even thought possible, until eventually, after thousands of miles, he sailed alone around the world.

. . . a completely extraordinary piece of classic coming-of-age literature.

Foreword Magazine


Roots of American Environmentalism
Roots of American Environmentalism
Edited by Jon Adams and Philipp Balcke
185 pages
March 2012
ISBN 978-0-9797613-2-4

Roots of American Environmentalism is an anthology, with an Introduction, Notes, and Critical Commentary, that explores the various attitudes toward land and its use from the American colonial period to the end of the nineteenth century. The major focus is on the differing concepts of “land,” “wilderness,” and “nature” and the way these concepts are represented in historical texts. In selecting the texts included here, the editors have concentrated on three major archetypes in the attitudes toward the American environment: the primitive, as represented in James Fenimore Cooper’s frontier hero, Natty Bumppo; the pastoral, as represented in Jonathan Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed; and the commercial, as represented in Washington Irving’s restless Yankee, Ichabod Crane.

Origins of the American Short Story
Origins of the American Short Story
Edited by Wolfgang Hochbruck,
Aynur Erdogan, and Philipp Fidler
189 pages
December 2008
ISBN 978-0-9797613-1-7

Origins of the American Short Story contains ten short stories, a general introduction, and for each story, notes and commentary. The first nine stories originally appeared in American magazines between 1775 and 1797. For the most part, these are proto-short shories, but together they illustrate the major features that were used in the development of the American short story. The last story in the volume, Washington Irving’s “The Adventure of a German Student,” illustrates the result of this development and represents the American short story as we know it today.


Bird Tales
Bird Tales
Text: Jon Adams
Illustrations: Anatol Adams
34 pages
August 2013
ISBN 978-0-9797613-4-8

The six stories and twelve illustrations of Bird Tales are intended for five to nine year olds. The stories attempt to present the world as children see it, and at the same time, to make them more aware of birds and the natural world they live in.

1.Why the Blue Heron is Blue
2.Why the Kingfisher is King
3.Why the Woodpecker Pecks
4.Why the Cuckoo says Cuckoo
5.Why the Crow says Caw Caw
6.Why the Blackbird Sings