The Master's in Book Publishing students and the Russian Flagship Program at Portland State have collaborated on the publication of a new Russian children's book. The book, titled City on the Hill: Tales and Legends of Nizhny Novgorod, is the senior capstone project of Jacqueline LaBerge and Christiana McGrady. The book contains several stories written in Russian and based on folklore of the Nizhny Novgorod region, where McGrady and LaBerge studied abroad. The book will be used in the Russian immersion program at Kelly Elementary School in southeast Portland.
To guide the book's design, Assistant Professor of Russian Anna Alsufieva reached out again to Ooligan Press, who published a previous Russian Flagship book project in 2010, The Giant's Wealth. "Working with students at Ooligan Press was a very good experience," says Alsufieva. Under the supervision of Ooligan Press Publisher Abbey Gaterud, students Rachel Pass, Adam Salazar, Paige O'Rourke, and Kelsey Yocum completed the book's cover and interior design.
For the graduate students, the book presented a rare opportunity to connect their work at Ooligan Press to another PSU organization: "many of us in the Publishing program are so busy fulfilling various obligations that we don't often have the opportunity to become well-acquainted with the other departments within the Humanities discipline, let alone the larger campus community," said O'Rourke. "Working on this book gave me a little glimpse into another facet of the PSU ecosystem: The Russian Flagship Program."
The Russian Flagship Program hopes that the book will be picked up by other immersion programs. The book will soon be available in Multnomah County Libraries and is currently available for purchase online at Amazon.com.