One City One Book: Selection Criteria

2020/2021 OCOB Selection Committee

  • Michelle Jeffers, Chief of Community, Programs and Partnerships, SFPL
  • Alejandro Gallegos, Adult Engagement Manager, SFPL
  • Denise Schmidt,  Collections & Cataloging Manager, SFPL
  • Anissa Malady, Adult Engagement Coordinator, SFPL
  • Susan Mall, Vice President, San Francisco Library Commission
  • Byron Spooner, Literary Director, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
  • Lamonte Stamps, Director of First-Year Programs and Family Engagement Division of Student Life, University of San Francisco
  • Connie Wolf, San Francisco Library Commission; Art, Culture, Education Consultant
  • Ann Seaton, Director of Operations California Independent Booksellers Alliance
  • Bob Deloria, Books Inc.


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.