News Release - August 24, 2009

Get Into the Spirit of Alive in Necropolis

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282 mjeffers@sfpl.org

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Get Into the Spirit of Alive in Necropolis with Author Readings, Teen Ghost Hunt, High School Visits, Gravestone Display, Cemetery Tours and More

The Fifth Year of One City One Book: San Francisco Reads Kicks Off Fall 2009 Events

A fresh, imaginative debut novel about a young police officer in Colma, Calif. struggling to keep the peace—and maintain a grip on reality—in a town where the dead outnumber the living, Alive in Necropolis will be celebrated at a number of special programs being held this fall for One City One Book: San Francisco Reads.

Author Doug Dorst vividly brings to life a cast of real life historical characters buried in San Francisco’s nearby cemeteries including Joe DiMaggio, Wyatt Earp, Lillie Coit and aviation pioneer Lincoln Beachey, prompting related library programs including a cemetery bike ride and walking tour and displays of historic gravestones and photos. Book discussions, author visits to public high schools and bookstores, film screenings, tarot readings, a ghost hunt for teens and an event at The Page bar featured in the novel, are among the planned activities during September and October.

The thrilling novel tells the story of a rookie cop trying to go by the book as he struggles to navigate a new realm of grownup relationships and hold on to his sanity when Colma’s most famous residents fail to rest in peace. One part crime procedural, one part ghost story, mixed with romance, teen angst and coming of age tale, Alive in Necropolis takes readers on a spirited ride through San Francisco and Colma.

Dorst will offer an insightful and humorous discussion of Alive in Necropolis in conversation with author and Stanford University lecturer Adam Johnson at the Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. foolsFury Theater Company under the direction of Ben Yalom, will open the evening with a staged reading of an excerpt from Alive in Necropolis. After the conversation, there will be lots of time for audience questions and Dorst will sign books. Book sales are sponsored by Book Bay. The event is presented by One City One Book and Litquake.

Alive in Necropolis is available at all San Francisco Public Libraries and local bookstores. Program guides and bookmarks will be available in September. This year, selected bookstores are offering an opportunity for customers to donate a copy of Alive in Necropolis to a public high school. Through the program “Treat Yourself/Stock Their Shelves,” participants can help support literacy and reading by buying an extra copy of the book as a tax deductible gift to a local high school classroom reading discussion group.

One City One Book is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation. Media sponsors are KPIX CBS 5, San Francisco Bay Guardian and KBLX. Bookstore partners include Books Inc., Book Passage, Bookshop West Portal, Booksmith, Bortderlands, Christopher’s, City Lights, Cover to Cover, Dog Eared Books, Green Apple, Modern Times, Red Hill Books, Bird & Beckett and Bibliohead.

Launched in 2005, One City One Book is a citywide reading initiative developed to encourage all residents to read and discuss the same book. Readings and discussion groups will be held at various libraries and bookstores throughout San Francisco to inspire conversation about the book.

For more information, call (415) 557-4277. Also, visit the One City One Book web site for more information and additional resources at http://sfpl.org/news/ocob/onecity.htm. You can also join in the discussion of Alive in Necropolis online by checking out our blog: http://fallofnecropolis.blogspot.com/, following us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/onecityonebook and joining us on Facebook. One City One Book is also part of SF Reads, find out more at sfreads.org.

ONE CITY ONE BOOK 2009 EVENTS

Author Events

  • Black, White and Red: Litquake’s Book Ball

Litquake kicks off its 10-year anniversary with a ball loosely modeled on Truman Capote’s famous Black and White ball held in the late sixties. Attendees can expect to mingle with many authors, including Doug Dorst. For complete details and ticket information visit litquake.org

Friday, October 9 – 8 p.m.

Herbst Theater’s Green Room,

401 Van Ness Ave. at McAllister Street

  • Author reading and booksigning with Doug Dorst

Saturday, October 10 – 3 p.m.

Books Inc. Opera Plaza

601 Van Ness Ave., (415) 776-1111

  • Doug Dorst reads at Writers with Drinks - $3-$5 sliding scale, All proceeds benefit local non-profits.

Saturday, October 10 - 7:30–9:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.)

The Make-Out Room

3225 22nd. St., San Francisco CA

  • Notable Figures of San Francisco: Free Cemetery Walking Tour in Colma - Co-sponsored by the San Francisco History Association

Joining the tour, led by Monica Williams of Holy Cross Cemetery, will be Doug Dorst, author of San Francisco’s One City One Book 2009 selection Alive in Necropolis, a remarkable and original novel set primarily in Colma’s cemeteries. For more information visit SF History Association.

Sunday, October 11 – 11 a.m.

Holy Cross Cemetery - 1500 Mission Road, Colma

  • Spirits, Tarot & the Page …

One City One Book One Bar - Help the San Francisco Public Library fête this year’s One City One Book pick. It’s only fitting that we’ll be celebrating this can’t-put-down supernatural thriller with custom “Necropolis” cocktails, free Tarot card readings, and a live reading from Dorst himself. The Page Bar inspired a bar on the pages of Alive in Necropolis – have you spotted it yet? Book sales by Green Apple Books.

Monday, October 12 – 6–8 p.m.

The Page, 298 Divisadero St. at Page Street, San Francisco; 21 and over

  • One City One Book and Litquake present: Doug Dorst in conversation with Adam Johnson, with special guests foolsFURY

Join us for an insightful discussion between our One City One Book author and local author and Stanford University lecturer Adam Johnson. foolsFURY Theater Company, under the direction of Ben Yalom, will open the evening with a staged reading of an excerpt from Alive in Necropolis. After the conversation, there will be lots of time for audience questions and Doug Dorst will sign books. Book sales by Book Bay.

Tuesday, October 13 – 6 p.m.

San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium – 100 Larkin St.

  • Author reading and booksigning with Doug Dorst

Wednesday, October 14 - 6 p.m.

Book Passage: Ferry Building

1 Ferry Building. (415) 835-1020

Book Discussions

  • Alive in Necropolis Book Discussion

Wednesday, September 23 – 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Mission Bay Branch Library

960 Fourth St. (at Berry), (415)355-2838

  • Alive in Necropolis Book Discussion

Thursday, October 1 – 6 p.m.

Books Inc. Opera Plaza

601 Van Ness Ave., (415) 776-1111

  • Alive in Necropolis Book Discussion

Thursday, October 8 – 6 p.m.

Books Inc. Market St.

2275 Market St., (41) 864-6777

  • Alive in Necropolis Book Discussion

Thursday, October 15 – 6 p.m.

Books Inc. Marina

2251 Chestnut St., (415) 931-3633

  • Alive in Necropolis Book Discussion

Thursday, October 22 – 7 p.m.

Books Inc. Laurel Village

3515 California St., (415) 221-3666

  • Alive in Necropolis Book Discussion

Saturday, October 24 – 2:30 p.m.

Western Addition Branch Library

1550 Scott St. (at Geary), (415) 355-5727

Additional Events

  • “City of Souls” - Colma Cemetery Bike Ride

Co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

See the cemeteries and gravesites of historic figures that inspired Doug Dorst’s Alive in Necropolis. After the tour, there will be an option to ride back to San Francisco with the group. Tour leader Chris Carlsson is the Director of FoundSF.org, a living archive of San Francisco history, and the author of books on San Francisco. Rain cancels (atmospheric heavy fog does not!). Bring weather appropriate gear, lots of water and a bag lunch for this hilly ride! Please RSVP to sfplprogram@gmail.com or (415)557-4295.

Sunday, September 27 – 12-3 p.m.

Meet at Colma BART Station

  • Documentary Films - Trina Lopez's A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries and Justin Schein's Gravediggers

A Second Final Rest exhumes the hidden history of how this modern metropolis managed to systematically relocate nearly all of its burial grounds to make room for the living. In Schein’s Gravediggers we meet the men who have devoted their lives to tending the graves of Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

Filmmaker Trina Lopez will appear in person for a Q & A.

Tuesday, September 29 - 6 p.m.

San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium

100 Larkin St.

  • Timothy Keegan, The Death/Funeral Culture in San Francisco, 1880-1940

Timothy Keegan will share research and present a talk about the rituals and customs with death and funerals in late 19th century to early 20th century SF.

Wednesday, September 30 - 6:30 p.m.

San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B - 100 Larkin St.

  • Tarot for Teens - What does the future hold for you? Come to the Visitacion Valley Library and see what's in your cards! We’ll be celebrating by exploring tarot card reading, palm reading, astrology, numerology, I-Ching and dream interpretation. For ages 12 to 18. For more information or to register, contact Abby at aharwood@sfpl.org or (415)355-2848.

Saturday, October 3 – 3:30-5 p.m.

Visitacion Valley Branch

45 Leland Ave (near Bayshore)

  • Ghost Hunting for Teens

Ever wonder if ghosts are real? A real ghost hunter from the SF Ghost Society, Tommy Netzband, will be talking about his experiences investigating ghosts and hauntings, as well as sharing ghostly images and sounds he has caught on DVD. Get the info, then you decide what to believe! For ages 12 to 18. For more information or to register, contact Abby at (415)355-5660 or aharwood@sfpl.org.

Friday, October 16 - 4–5:30 p.m.

Portola Branch Meeting Room

380 Bacon St. (at Goettingen)

  • Nancy Peterson, author of Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for pre-1906 San Francisco Research - Old San Francisco Cemetery Records

Nancy Peterson, Certified Genealogist and Research Director for the California Genealogical Society, will present and answer questions about San Francisco’s old cemeteries - Where did the bodies go and what records followed them? Who and what was left behind and never moved at all?

Saturday, October 17 – 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

San Francisco Main Library – Latino/Hispanic Room B – 100 Larkin St.

  • Cabbage Patches and Marble Orchards: San Francisco’s Necropolis at Colma

A talk from Colma cemetery expert Michael Svanevik, author of City of Souls: San Francisco’s Necropolis at Colma and Pillars of the Past: At Rest at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park. Learn about how an outlying farm community became part of San Francisco’s culture and the largest burial ground in the world.

Wednesday, October 28 - 6p.m.

San Francisco Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B

100 Larkin St.

  • Excelsior Arts and Culture Salon featuring Marilyn Yalom, author of The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds

Wednesday, October 28 – 7 p.m.

Excelsior Branch Library

4400 Mission St. (at Cotter)

(415) 355-2868

  • San Francisco History Center Display: 19th century Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Tombstones – These Odd Fellows’ Cemetery tombstone fragments had been unearthed in San Francisco backyards. The Odd Fellows’ Cemetery was dedicated in 1865. In 1933, the bodies were removed to the Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma. Most of the stonework was used to construct the seawall at Aquatic Park, although some odds and ends were left behind.

September – November 2009

San Francisco Main Library – San Francisco History Center

100 Larkin St., 6th Floor

  • One City Five Films

Thursdays at Noon Film Series

San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium – 100 Larkin St.

October 1 – Beetlejuice

October 8 – Ghostbusters

October 15 – Colma: The Musical

October 22 – Corpse Bride

October 29 – I Am Legend

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