Total SF Book Club

Total sf book club: why we swim

Celebrating San Francisco Through the Pages

San Francisco is surrounded on three sides by water, and few know it better than Bonnie Tsui, who surfs and swims in the bay when she’s not writing beautifully about it. Her book, Why We Swim, discusses our love affair with water and includes fascinating stories including her parents’ own meeting at a Hong Kong swimming pool. 

San Francisco Chronicle columnist Knight and pop culture critic Hartlaub, founders of the Chronicle’s TotalSF,  are celebrating San Francisco through the pages with their second TotalSF Book Club. Together we will curate a quarterly event with local authors and books celebrating San Francisco. They’ll include a wide array of genres – fiction, nonfiction, history, YA and even graphic novels – focused on the city they love. Follow their TotalSF podcast to hear upcoming episodes featuring interviews with the authors. 

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Bonnie lives, swims, and surfs in the Bay Area and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her new book, Why We Swim, was published by Algonquin Books in April 2020; it received praise from The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Booklist, Kirkus, and more, and is one of TIME magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2020. It is currently being translated into eight languages. Bonnie’s first children’s book, Sarah and the Big Wave, about big-wave women surfers, was just published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan in May 2021.