One City One Book Celebrates 10 Years with 2014 Selection Armistead Maupin and Tales of the City

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September 19, 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:
Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; Michelle.Jeffers@sfpl.org

One City One Book Celebrates 10 Years with 2014 Selection

Armistead Maupin and Tales of the City

Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin’s novel of manners about life in San Francisco in the 1970s, is a fitting tribute to the 10-year anniversary of San Francisco’s annual One City One Book program. Fresh copies of the iconic novel can be found in libraries and bookstores throughout the city, with related programming under way, including author appearances, book talks, crafts programs and more.

Armistead Maupin will appear at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium on Oct. 23 at 6:00 p.m., in conversation with K.M. Soehnlein, the author of the novels The World of Normal Boys, Robin and Ruby, and You Can Say You Knew Me When. He has been honored with the Lambda Literary Award and his writing has appeared in the Village Voice, Out, San Francisco Magazine, 7×7 and other publications and anthologies. He is on the faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

Tales of the City
Cover image of Tales of the City

Mr. Maupin also will be speaking and signing books at Book Passage, Ferry Building on Oct. 24 at noon and later that day, at Books, Inc. at Castro and Market One at 7:30 p.m.

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and, most importantly, the discussion of one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society.

Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, with support from Airbnb and Chronicle Books. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.

For more information visit: sfpl.org/onecityonebook or Twitter: #ocobsf14 or call 415 557-4277.

One City One Book Event and Discussion Guide (PDF)

September Calendar of One City One Book Events

Book Discussions

Sept. 24

Mission Bay Branch

6:30 p.m.
Sept. 30

Parkside Branch

7:00 p.m.

Get Crafty:

Make Your Own Leather Cuff Bracelet

Learn how to stamp, dye, and paint your own leather cuff. Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up is required.

Sept. 24

Portola

6:00 p.m

String Art Workshop
Join GoGo Craft for a string art workshop. Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up at the branch is required.

Sept. 20

Presidio

2:00 p.m.

Sept. 26

Bernal Heights

2:00 p.m.
Sept. 27

Ingleside Branch

2:00 p.m.

Tie-Dye Workshop
Hands on tie dye class for all ages! Bring your own white, 100% cotton t-shirt or other article to dye or use library-provided squares.

Sept. 28
Western Addition

2 – 4:00 p.m.

Dreamcatchers!

This one is for the kids…
Sept. 30

North Beach

4 – 5:30 pm

Exhibition:

“Dear, I have no objections to anything.”

Using quotes, events and locations from the Tales of the City as a guide, the exhibit explores what San Francisco was like in the late 1970’s.

Sept. 20, 2014 – Jan. 8, 2015

Main Library, 3rd Floor.
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center

October Calendar of One City One Book Events

Book Discussions @ The Library

Eureka Valley Branch Book Discussion with Special Guests! Oct. 4, 2 p.m.
Join us for a lively book discussion hosted by the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as we dive into the classic book centered around the City we all love and share. To sign up, please contact: maricela.leonbarrera@sfpl.org or call 415-355-5616.

North Beach Branch Book Discussion – Oct. 7, 7 p.m.

Main Library Brown-Bag Book Discussion, Oct. 9, 12 p.m. (location TBD)

Sunset Branch Book Discussion – Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

Books Inc. Book Discussions

Tales of the City Book Discussion accompanied by a special Tales cocktail – Oct. 3, 7 p.m., Books Inc. in Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness.
My Tales of the City Instagram Photo Contest – Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Books Inc. in Laurel Village, 3515 California St. Select photos and captions of San Francisco scenes uploaded to Instagram prior to Sept. 30 will be viewed and discussed.

Tales of the City Book Discussion accompanied by a special Tales cocktail –  Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Books Inc. in The Marina, 2251 Chestnut Street

Thursday at Noon

Large Screen Videos | Koret Auditorium, Main Library, Lower Level

New Cultures, or “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”

October 2

Wizard of Oz

(1939 102 min. PG)

Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and end up in the Land of Oz. Here she meets magical new friends and foes on her journey to the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz who can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their dearest wishes; a brain, a heart and courage. Featuring the incomparable music and lyrics of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, and costumes by the legendary Adrian.

October 9

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

(1948 94 min. NR)

Cary Grant and Myrna Loy star as a New York couple living in a cramped apartment who buy a dilapidated, two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in Connecticut. Life in the country is not the idyllic dream they thought it would be.

October 16

Footloose

(1984 107 min. R)

When teenager Ren McCormack and his family move from big-city Chicago to a small Midwestern town, he’s in for a real case of culture shock. Though he tries hard to fit in, the streetwise Ren can’t quite believe he’s living in a place where rock music and dancing are illegal.

October 23

Blast from the Past

(1999 112 min PG13)

Adam Weber is the child of an eccentric inventor and his wife. Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers in their underground bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam must venture out into Los Angeles and obtain food and supplies. There he meets Eve, who reluctantly agrees to help him try to understand American culture at the turn of the millennium. Starring Brendan Frasier, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walkin and Sissy Spacek.

October 30

Tales of the City Series marathon

(1994 360 min.)

12 – 7 p.m.

In honor of this year’s One City, One Book, we will be showing all six episodes of the TV mini-series Tales of the City, based on the book by Armistead Maupin. There will be breaks after episodes two and four and some special activities.

Get Crafty

Make Your Own Leather Cuff Bracelet – Oct. 30, 6 p.m., Potrero Branch.
In this 1970’s style cuff making workshop, Tiffany BlackDarquea of Hoof and Horn Leather Goods will teach you how to stamp, dye, and paint your own leather cuff. Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up at the branch is required.
Modern Macrame Workshop
Let’s get knotty at the Library this fall! Learn how to create a modern macramé plant hanger or wall hanging with GoGo Craft. Bring your own small plant holder to the workshop. All other materials, tips, and tricks provided.  Ages 12 and up. Advance sign-up at the branch is required.

Marina Branch, Oct. 4, 2 p.m.
Glen Park Branch, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.

Tie-Dye Workshop
Hands on tie dye class for all ages! Bring your own white, 100% cotton t-shirt or other article to dye or use the library provided squares. Library will provide all other materials.

Parkside, Oct. 4, 3 p.m.
Portola, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.

Dreamcatchers! This one is for the kids – Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch

Exhibition:

“Dear, I have no objection to anything.” A Look at the City in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City

Using quotes, events and locations from Tales of the City as a guide, the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center explores what San Francisco was like in the late 1970s.
Main Library, 3rd Floor, James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, Sept. 20, 2014 – Jan. 8, 2015

One City One Book and the Bookmobile at Lit Crawl!

San Francisco Public Library’s Bookmobile will be parked outside the Elbo Room, 647 Valencia Street, Oct. 18, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Check out books and DVDs and get a library card (wait, you don’t have one yet?).

Drop by for a free copy of Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (limited number), the One City One Book pick for 2014!

Tours of the Tales

A special walking tour features locations from Tales. Meet at Aquatic Park. 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sign up by emailing tourguide@toursofthetales.com.

For more information about these and other library programs, please call (415) 557-4277.