Monthly Archives: October 2014

World Series Stakes Are High: San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera Wages Bet with Kansas City

October 30, 2014

Michelle Jeffers
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World Series Stakes Are High

San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera Wages Bet with Kansas City

Was it foolish, perhaps, for San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera to wager a World Series bet against Kansas City Public Library Executive Director R. Crosby Kemper III? Tonight’s deciding Game 7 of Major League Baseball’s World Series will provide the answer.

The stakes are high, because if the Kansas City wins tonight’s game, San Francisco City Librarian Herrera will be forced to don the Royals’ jersey and read a story out loud to video cameras, to be posted on the winning city’s library website.

Crosby Kemper, on the other hand, will face humiliation, given that the San Francisco Giants surely will win. His charge would be to don a Giants’ jersey and read from the children’s book, Smarty Marty’s Got Game, written by Amy G, the Giants’ in-game reporter.

San Francisco and Kansas City Public Libraries engaged in an earlier Twitter war with its own wager. If the Giants win, Kansas City will add Dan Fost’s The Giants Baseball Experience: A year by year chronicle from New York to San Francisco.

Tales of the City Author Armistead Maupin Appears Next Week at San Francisco Main Library, Book Stores, Schools and Businesses

For Immediate Release: October 15, 2014

Media Contact: Michelle Jeffers
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Tales of the City Author Armistead Maupin Appears Next Week at San Francisco Main Library, Book Stores, Schools and Businesses


10th Annual One City One Book Celebrates Reading Around the City

San Francisco’s 10th Annual One City One Book program hit high gear next week with Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin visiting book stores, schools, businesses and the San Francisco Main Library.  Join us for rollicking free conversations that highlight a magnificent book and celebrate the spirit of San Francisco past and present.

For more than three decades, Maupin’s Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture, from a ground-breaking San Francisco Chronicle serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparking comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

Tales of the City symbolizes an exciting time in San Francisco when the culture was changing and anything seemed possible,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.  “Those cultural changes and excitement continue today. Reading, or re-reading, Tales of the City will stimulate great conversations about our shared past and the future of San Francisco. Check it out from your neighborhood library and join the conversation.”

One City One Book’s main event will be Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. at the San Francisco Main Library’s Koret Auditorum. Author Maupin will be in conversation with K.M. Soehnlein. All One City One Book events are sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Maupin launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City in 1976 as a serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, which went on to become a nine-volume series and adapted into a PBS miniseries. He is the author of nine novels, including Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener and Michael Tolliver Lives. Maupin lives in San Francisco and Santa Fe with his husband Christopher Turner. Soehnlein is 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 a Henfield Prize in fiction.  He is on the faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

In celebration of this season’s One City One Book, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Airbnb are hosting an invitation-only cocktail party, Happy “Tales” to You: An Evening with Armistead Maupin on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Airbnb headquarters. Book sales will be sponsored by Green Apple Books.

“Every day, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world come together on Airbnb to share their own stories about the cities they love,” says Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia. “Airbnb is thrilled to host Armistead Maupin and support the San Francisco Public Library as we celebrate the incredible tales of the city we are all so proud to call home.”

Maupin will also be making appearances at Book Passage: Ferry Building and Books Inc., on Castro and Market, both on Friday, Oct 24. He will also be speaking to classes at Lowell High School and City College of San Francisco.

Libraries throughout San Francisco are also hosting ‘70s-themed craft programs in the spirit of Tales of the City as well as book discussions.  In addition, the Main Library’s Thursdays @ Noon film series will feature films that explore cultural changes and will include a marathon screening of the 6-hour Tales of the City Season One miniseries on Oct. 30.

On Nov 15,  historian Christopher Lowen Agee will be taking about this book, The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972, at the San Francisco Main Library, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Find more One City One Book programs at

About One City One Book

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. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors.

About San Francisco Public Library

The San Francisco Public Library system is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community.

About Airbnb

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

Hervé Tullet Mixes It Up with School Kids at S.F. Main Library

October 10, 2014

Michelle Jeffers
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Hervé Tullet Mixes It Up with School Kids at S.F. Main Library

Author and Paris-based artist Hervé Tullet, creator of The New York Times bestseller and international sensation Press Here, will lead local school kids in a creative collaboration on a giant mural, exploring color, shape and paint in the spirit of his eagerly-anticipated new book, Mix it Up. This event will be held outdoors at the San Francisco Main Library on Fulton Street, between Hyde and Larkin, on Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.

Known as “the prince of preschool” in his native France, Hervé has published more than 60 books in over 25 languages for kids of all ages that encourage them to explore their creativity. His 2011 title Press Here, published by Chronicle Books, received starred reviews by Kirkus Review, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, sold over one million copies worldwide, and has been on the New York Times Bestseller list since publication.

Hervé Tullet’s latest book, Mix It Up, was published in 2014, and is available through Chronicle Books, as well as bookstores and libraries.

His art workshops have been held at the Tate in London and in New York’s Guggenheim. A former advertising art director, Hervé is traveling the world from Malawi to Tokyo to Jerusalem to Brooklyn giving readings and art workshops.

San Francisco Public Library is honored to have been selected by Hervé and Chronicle Books to host his international painting party on Oct. 14 at the Main Library.

For more information about this and other San Francisco Public Library programs, please call (415) 557-4277.