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Manny’s: Book Talk: Spirits of San Francisco – Voyages Through the Unknown City


Want to know more about SF?

Have you been caught up in the whimsical nature of the city of San Francisco?

Join us for a conversation with author Gary Kamiya and artist Paul Madonna about the beautiful city of San Francisco and their book The Spirits of San Francisco – Voyages Through the Unknown City.

Books will be available for purchase followed by signing with Gary and Paul.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase before, during and after the event. Manny never refuses anyone for lack of money. To receive a free ticket, simply email the word “grapefruit” and the title of this event to [email protected]

About Gary Kamiya:

I was born in Oakland, grew up in Berkeley, and have lived in San Francisco since 1971. I received my BA and MA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, where I won the Mark Schorer Citation. I was co-founder and longtime editor of the groundbreaking website Salon.com, where I reported on the Middle East, covered three Olympics, and wrote about politics, pop culture, literature, art, music and sports. Until March 2018, I was the editor of San Francisco magazine, where I wrote award-winning articles on San Francisco’s technological transformation, homelessness, the Tenderloin, the injection drug crisis, the sea, the new museum of modern art, the controversy over the canonization of Father Junipero Serra and the legalization of marijuana, among other topics.

My first book, Shadow Knight: The Secret War Against Hitler, was a critically acclaimed narrative story of Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive. My second book, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, received the 2013 Northern California Book Award in the Creative Nonfiction category and has sold over 50,000 copies. My local history column, “Portals of the Past,” runs every other Saturday in the San Francisco Chronicle. My work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, ArtForum, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jones and many other publications and has been widely anthologized including The Best African-American Essays 2010, The New Harvard Literary History of the United States , and the Longman drive. I have received numerous awards, including the Ron Ross Founder’s Award from the San Francisco History Association and the Presidio Historical Association Award. I’ve appeared as an expert in front of the camera in numerous documentaries, including an upcoming 4-hour PBS documentary on William Randolph Hearst, Jim Yager, and Peter Stein’s upcoming Moving San Francisco (about the past, present and life). future of transportation in San Francisco) and two of their previous documentaries, Water from the Wilderness (on Hetch Hetchy) and The People’s Palace (on City Hall), Emmy Award-winning Michael House’s I Remember Herb Caen, and others. I live on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.

About Paul Madonna:

Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and best-selling author whose unique blend of drawing and storytelling has been heralded as a “whole new art form”.

Paul is the creator of the All Over Coffee series, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years, and the author of five books, including the Emit Hopper Mystery series. His book Everything Is Its Own Award won the 2011 NCBA Best Book Award.

Paul’s work ranges from novels to cartoons to large-scale public murals and can be found internationally in print as well as in galleries and museums, including the Oakland Museum of California. , the William Blake Association in France and San Francisco International Airport.

Paul was a founding editor of therumpus.net, taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and was the first (ever!) art intern at MAD magazine.