Charles Hood

Hood is the author of nine books; his most recent book, South x South, won the Hollis Summers Prize from Ohio University Press. He has seen over 5,000 species of birds in the wild and has explored most habitats from Antarctica to the Namib Desert to Tibet. His awards include a Fulbright in Ethnopoetics, an Artist and Writers Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, and a Research Fellowship from the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art. He is currently working on a book about the nature of Los Angeles in conjunction with the Natural History Museum.

All Books

Bombing Ploesti

Charles Hood

Publication Date: September 1, 2008

$16.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-127-5


One day, one target, one simple plan: in 1943 Hitler’s oil fields were considered the Allies’ most essential target – and also their most unreachable. Flying a bold and desperate mission at tree-top height, the Americans took off from Africa with every B-24 they could put in the air, headed for Ploesti, Romania, the heart of German oil. They were met by fighters, flak, and walls of flame. In the end, more Medals of Honor would be awarded for this day than any other American air strike, yet the story remains little known.

Combining poetry and art on the facing pages, Hood and Mugnolo create a dialogue about history that helps explore the truth and humanity inside the inhumanity of war.

Rio de Dios

Charles Hood

Publication Date: January 1, 2007

$18.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-090-2


From its headwaters in Calabasas to the tidal mouth in San Pedro, the Los Angeles River is many things–a storm drain, a wildlife corridor, a history lesson, an open air art gallery, and a metaphor for missed chances balanced against the hope of future possibilities. Once integrated into one of the largest estuary and floodplain systems in California, the L.A. River now waits for rediscovery and renewal. Many people do not know it is there at all, and few can accurately recall its history. Rio de Dios changes that, blending science, history, art, and poetry to explore the complex and contradictory worlds of the Los Angeles River. A fresh, vivid synthesis of the culture and biology of the river, this book investigates its pockets of still-wild habitat, honors its losses, and celebrates its evolving future.