For Immediate Release: January 24, 2018
Penguin Random House Media Contact: Jordan Rodman
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Library Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Dave Eggers Tours New Book in San Francisco Public Library’s Bookmobile
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Dave Eggers, the best-selling author and founder of McSweeney’s, will launch the publication of his latest book, The Monk of Mokha, by touring San Francisco in a San Francisco Public Library bookmobile along with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the heroic subject of Dave’s new book.
The kick-off event is held in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and Penguin Random House, and will take place on the steps of City Hall, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. Speakers at the event will include Dave Eggers, James Freeman, Founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee; Hellen Russel, co-founder of Equator Coffee; Zahra Billoo, Executive director of CAIR; Dawood Yaseen, head of student life at Zaytuna College; San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera; Ahmed Abo Zaid, Vice President of Local87; Bita Nazarian, Executive Director of 826 Valencia; Supervisor Jane Kim, and Mokhtar Alkhanshali. A book sale will be provided by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
The Monk of Mokha is the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemini-American man raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemini coffee, but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by a civil war.
After the launch event, Eggers and Alkhanshali will ride on the Library’s bookmobile and visit five Bay Area bookstores, on Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28: The Booksmith Bindery, Green Apple Books on the Park, Book Passage in the Ferry Building, Bookshop West Portal, and Books Inc. Laurel Village. The book will not be officially published until Jan. 30, but early copies will be available at all of these San Francisco venues.
San Francisco Public Library bookmobiles and its mobile outreach unit offers a variety of library services beyond SFPL’s 28 neighborhood libraries, connecting residents where they work, play, create, learn and live regardless of age, physical, economic, social, and geographic or other barriers. The bookmobiles visit more than 60 regular locations each month, offering a wide variety of library materials in multiple formats as well as a menu of library programming. They can be found at senior centers & residences, schools and day care centers, and at Treasure Island as its only regular library service.