News Release - June 16, 2009

Fall Literary Events Converge with SFREADS

For Immediate Release: June 16, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282

Fall Literary Events Converge with SFREADS

Celebrate San Francisco's literary scene with One City One Book, Litquake and the Big Book Sale

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The San Francisco Public Library's One City One Book, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's Big Book Sale and the Litquake Literary Festival are joining forces for sfREADS, an outreach initiative that celebrates the written word and the remarkable literary community from which it spreads.

Converging San Francisco's three major literary events, sfREADS brings writers, books and readers together this fall for readings, discussions, book sales and more.

  • One City One Book: September - October
  • Big Book Sale: September 24– 27
  • Litquake Literary Festival: October 9–17

"sfREADS is an opportunity for us to reach out to our City's diverse communities and bridge generations through the written word," said City Librarian Luis Herrera. "In libraries and schools, in businesses and on public transit, people throughout San Francisco will have many opportunities to pick up a great book, hear from their favorite author and share the adventure of reading."

"We are excited to be working with our colleagues at Litquake and the SFPL to promote literacy and support our writing community," added Donna Bero, executive director of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. "sfREADS encourages San Franciscans to take pride in their city as both a center and destination of literary life – and have fun doing so!"

"For our 10th Anniversary, Litquake is eager to partner with the Library and Friends with sfREADS to celebrate the City's rich literary life and legacy," said Litquake co-founder Jack Boulware. "sfREADS is a great message that reaches further than San Francisco alone and encourages all to join in and participate in these all-inclusive celebrations."

sfREADS offers three diverse ways to be involved, whether through a city-wide book club, the West Coast's largest literary festival or the biggest book sale this side of the Mississippi.

About the Programs:

One City One Book

One City One Book 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.

Alive in Necropolis by Doug Dorst is this year's selection for the citywide program. Dorst's thriller, set in the city of San Francisco and the graveyards of Colma, is one part crime novel, one part ghost story, tinged with humor and heart. This year's program runs from September through October and among the key events is an evening with the author Doug Dorst in conversation with local writer Adam Johnson on Oct. 13 at the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library. Other featured events include guided Colma Cemetery walks, history exhibitions and programs for all ages at branch libraries.

This year, selected bookstores will offer a special opportunity 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 two copies of the book, one of which will become a tax deductible gift to a local high school classroom reading discussion group.

All events hosted by the library will be free and open to the public. For more information on the One City One Book program, visit

Big Book Sale

The Big Book Sale is the largest book sale on the West Coast and is free and open to the public. Produced by Friends of the SFPL, the five-day annual sale draws over 15,000 people to Fort Mason and raises over $265,000 for education programs that promote literacy for children, teens and adults at the SFPL.

This year marks the 45th Annual sale and will be the largest sale to date. It will be held at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion September 24– 27, 2009, with a member's preview on September 23. All books are $5 or less! All proceeds from the sale benefit the San Francisco Public library.

For more information on the 45th Annual Big Book Sale, visit

Litquake Literary Festival

In 2009, San Francisco's Literary Festival turns 10. Founded by Bay Area writers, this nine-day literary spectacle for book lovers features cutting-edge panels, unique cross-media events, and hundreds of readings.

Litquake 2009 will present close to 500 authors October 9-17 in a variety of venues including theaters, bars, bookstores, galleries & museums, alleys and even a Cathedral.

Since its founding in 1999, the festival has presented close to 1400 author appearances for an audience of over 32,000 in its lively and inclusive celebration of San Francisco's thriving contemporary literary scene. Litquake seeks to foster interest in literature, perpetuate a sense of literary community, and provide a vibrant forum for Bay Area writing as a complement to the city's music, film, and cultural festivals.

For more information on Litquake, visit

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