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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Book Ordering: FAQ

 

 

All required course books are purchased online AFTER you have registered.

All readers must be purchased through University Readers (http://www.universityreaders.com).

How do I know if I need a course reader or textbook?
What is a course reader?
How do I order required textbooks?
How do I order required course readers?
Why are there two different websites for ordering?
How do I return an item or request a refund?
Can I have my book delivered to Otis?
Can I sell my book once the semester is over?
Why don’t we have a campus bookstore?
I need more help...

 

How do I know if I need a course reader or textbook?
All of your required course books are purchased online AFTER you have registered. You will need to check the Estimated Price Lists to get information regarding required materials for your classes. You can also look at University Readers to find out if your class requires a course reader.

What is a course reader?
Course readers or course packs are custom-published packs compiled by your professor with materials that are relevant to the course. Course packs allow professors to include up-to-date articles and readings and are customized for each class. Usually an instructor will choose to use a course reader when there are multiple readings they wish to use for class, and it becomes too costly to have students purchase all the books. Course readers must be purchased through University Readers and cannot be purchased through other vendors.

How do I order required Textbooks?

  1. You can purchase your required books from any bookseller, in-store or online. Some examples would be Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Textbooks.com. More can be found online to choose from. Also, many have rental and digital options at a cheaper rate.
  2. You will need the Student Schedule printout (sample below) provided by the Registrar.
  3. Using the information found on the Estimated Price Lists (ISBN, Title, Author, Publisher) and your Student Schedule, you can search for your books online.

Sample Student Schedule Printout

CRN SUBJ CRSE SEC CMP TITLE CREDITS
30396 FND 110 A G Form and Space I 2.0
30425 FNDT 180 A G Life Drawing I 3.0
30090 AHCS 120 C G Visual Culture 3.0


CRN – a number you use to register online
SUBJ – stands for subject
CRSE – stands for course
SEC – stands for section
CMP – stands for campus (G is the Goldsmith Campus on Lincoln)
TITLE – course title
CREDITS – number of credits or units course if worth

How do I order required Course Readers?
Students order online at www.universityreaders.com and follow these exact steps:

  1. Click the GOLD Students "BUY HERE" button on the top right side of our home page
  2. Click the "Create New Account" button (or enter your existing login information and skip to step 6)
  3. Select your State from the dropdown menu.
  4. Select your University from the resulting dropdown menu.
  5. Enter the fields on the page such as a "login/password" you’d like to use and all applicable "address" info.
  6. Click the "Save" button to create your account, and you'll automatically be taken to your university page.
  7. At your university page, click the "Add to Cart" button to the right of the course pack you want to purchase.
  8. Click on the "Checkout" button on the next page.
  9. Review your address info and click on the "Continue" button on the next page.
  10. Review our service agreement page and click the "I Agree – Continue Checkout" button on the next page.
  11. Select shipping and payment preferences from the dropdown menus. Click the "Continue" button.
  12. Enter payment details and click the "Place Order" button to finalize your order. The authorization will take about 5-10 seconds. You’ll be prompted with an Invoice screen once your order has been authorized and completed. You will also receive confirmation via email regarding your order.

Please direct all ordering questions to webmaster@universityreaders.com or call (800) 200-3908. Thanks!

NOTE: When you purchase a course reader, you will automatically be able to download the first 20% for free. This will ensure you have the necessary material for your course WEEK 1 while you wait for the reader to ship.

Why are there different websites for ordering?
Otis is currently seeking an online Bookstore.  Until one is established, students can find textbooks at several different online or in-store retailers.  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Textbooks.com are just a few.

University Readers offered low pricing and quick turn-around time for students ordering course readers.

How do I return an item or request a refund?
Textbooks: Certain conditions apply to returning your materials for a full refund. BEFORE you open or write in anything, please check the Returns FAQ of the site or store where materials were purchased for refund policies and restrictions.

Course Readers: Please see the Student Help FAQ section on University Readers website.

Can I have my books and readers delivered to Otis?
If you will be in transit when your course materials are going to be delivered, have not established a residence, or if you are in the Otis Housing program, you may qualify to have your orders shipped to the College. To see if you qualify and find out how to arrange this, contact the office of Student Affairs at (310) 665-6960 or check with the Student Affairs Office on the 1st floor.

Can I sell my book once the semester is over?
To sell your course reader or text book, contact the department representative for the course to see if those materials will be used again next term.

Why doesn’t the college have a campus bookstore?
Although we would love to have a campus bookstore, present space constrictions prohibit it.

I need more help...

Course Readers: Check the Help & FAQs on University Readers website.

Textbooks Textbooks: Contact the store you ordered text books from regarding materials ordered.

Check the FAQ on the MBS Direct Online Bookstore. The FAQ button appears in the grey header on every page.

If you have questions about the courses or required course materials, contact the department where the course is being offered. For non-studio courses, please use the Liberal Arts and Sciences Contact Form or call (310) 665-6920.