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Farewell to Manzanar-- James Houston dies in Santa Cruz
James D. Houston—who taught writing part-time at UCSC as a lecturer for more than two decades—died on April 16 at his home in Santa Cruz. He was 75.

The acclaimed author of eight novels, including Snow Mountain Passage and Continental Drift, Houston also wrote nonfiction works that include Californians; In the Ring of Fire: A Pacific Basin Journey; and Farewell to Manzanar, which he coauthored with his wife, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston.

The latter—a true account of her family's experience during and after the World War II internment—is now in its 67th printing and has become a standard work in schools and colleges across the country.

RIP Jim Houston-- a fine writer and a superb teacher.