One City One Book: Selection Criteria

One City One Book Selection Committee 2015

  • Paula Foley, Owner of Folio Books
  • Jewelle Gomez, novelist/playwright
  • Kevin Hunsanger, Co-Owner of Green Apple Books
  • Michelle Jeffers, Chief of Community, Programs and Partnerships, SFPL
  • Hut Landon, Executive Director, NCIBA
  • Laura Lent, Chief of Collections & Technical Services at SFPL
  • Susan Mall, Vice President, San Francisco Library Commission
  • Marcia Schneider, Community Programs & Partnerships
  • Byron Spooner, Literary Director, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

We search for a book that meets as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • High literary quality;
  • Reflective of universal issues facing San Franciscans;
  • Mirrors the diversity of San Francisco;
  • Connects to San Francisco either through the content or perhaps because the author is from San Francisco;
  • Available in key languages;
  • Currently in print and available in large quantities;
  • Appeals to adults and high-schoolers;
  • Available in paperback;
  • Capable of sparking provocative discussions;
  • Lends itself to engaging public programs around the book.
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