One City One Book: Selection Criteria

2021/2022 OCOB Selection Committee

  • Bob Deloria, Books Inc.
  • Alejandro Gallegos, Adult Engagement Manager, SFPL
  • Michelle Jeffers, Chief of Community, Programs and Partnerships, SFPL
  • Mario Lemos, Major Gifts Officer at GLIDE SF
  • Anissa Malady, Adult Engagement Coordinator, SFPL
  • Susan Mall, Commissioner, San Francisco Library Commission
  • Denise Schmidt,  Collections & Cataloging Manager, SFPL
  • Michael Warr, Board Member, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and published poet and author
  • Connie Wolf, President, San Francisco Library Commission; Art, Culture, Education Consultant


Selection Criteria

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.

One City One Book Nomination 

Do do you have a title you would like the selection committee to consider for the next One City One Book?

We would love to hear from you, please use this Nomination Form to submit your recommendation.