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Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto

For Immediate Release:  August 31, 2017
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Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto

Acclaimed author reflects on his Mexican-American heritage and diverse literary career


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco Public Library is pleased to announce the 21st Annual Effie Lee Morris lecture featuring Gary Soto. This special event will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Main Library, Koret Auditorium.

garyIn his upcoming lecture, titled Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto, the author will take a wide-ranging look at his multifaceted career as a writer of novels, short stories, poetry, plays and essays. The Fresno native often writes from his Mexican-American heritage and his characters reflect California’s diversity. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Mr. Soto is well-known for his books Taking Sides, The Pool Party, Baseball in April and Other Stories, The Afterlife, Buried Onions, Living Up the Street and Too Many Tamales, a picture book for younger readers. His forthcoming books include Meatballs for the People: Proverbs to Chew On and a poetic homage to Shakespeare, The Spark and Fire of It.

Soto is the recipient of an Andrew Carnegie Medal, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.

Every year, the Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture features a renowned author or illustrator of works for young people as they discuss their creative process with San Francisco readers. The late Effie Lee Morris was the San Francisco Public Library’s first coordinator of children’s services, the first African-American president of the Public Library Association and a founder of the San Francisco chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

This program is sponsored by the Main Library Children’s Center, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

For more information, visit or call (415) 557-4554.

Too Much of a Good Thing: The Many Genres of Gary Soto – September 26, 6 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium