Tag Archives: books

Q&A: Children’s Book Author Writes Murals Into Mystery

In a twist on the children’s mystery format, first-time children’s book author (and lawyer) Jill Diamond has recently published a mystery in which the Mission’s murals play a central role. Lou Lou & Pea and the Mural Mystery, illustrated by Lesley Vamos, is set in a fantastical Mission-inspired world where two young friends use clues that start appearing in the...

Local Children’s Book Author Captures Refugees’ Journeys In Poetry, Wins Award

Jorge Argueta’s illustrated book about refugees, Somos como las nubes / We are like the clouds, published in Spanish and English and with illustrations by Alfonso Ruano, has been selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book for the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. The award is given every year for poetry for children published by American poets or anthologists. Argueta,...

Artist and writer’s new book offers bizarre, healing literary journey

In the bruising tumult of San Francisco’s housing crisis, Paul Madonna’s On to the Next Dream is the absurdist balm to soothe your sore and weary soul. Madonna is an artist who for 12 years had a drawing and short essay series called All Over Coffee in the San Francisco Chronicle. You might more immediately recognize him by his detailed...

Tonight: Launch party for book celebrating stories and murals of the Mission

In a burst of color and poetry, a new book of photography and writing called The Mission will enter the literary scene at the Grand Theater tonight. The Mission‘s focus is on the community murals the neighborhood is known for, photographed by Richard Evans, but also delves deeper than their artistic surfaces. With poetry and musings from important artistic and literary figures in...

Children are not given pronouns in new picture book, “I’m Jay Let’s Play”

In Beth Reichmuth’s preschool class at the Little School, storytime is a big deal. It’s a daily event that takes place in the classroom’s designated storytime corner, and Reichmuth always tries to share a diverse range of books. So when she met a student in her class who was assigned male but wanted to wear tutus every day, she started...

Alley Cat Books doesn’t just sell books, it supports writers too

In 2014, Simon Crafts and his fellow employees thought the old-fashioned school desk displayed in the window of Alley Cat Books, on 24th and Treat, looked a little lonely. They put up a sign that read “Writer in Residence Wanted.” It was meant as a joke, although every so often someone would drop by with questions about filling the position....

Saved by reader sponsors, Borderlands Books now aims to buy a building

When Alan Beatts announced in early 2015 that he would close his science fiction, mystery, and horror bookstore Borderlands, his customers did something extraordinary: They refused to let it happen. At a meeting that packed the Borderlands Cafe next door to the bookstore, they mourned the loss – and then made suggestions ranging from the tame to the bizarre to...

A cultural oasis at Dog Eared Books celebrates 25 years in business

Dog-Eared Books will celebrate its 25th anniversary this Saturday. It’s been at 20th and Valencia streets for 20 of those years. We chatted with founder Kate Rosenberger about Valencia Street, the future of the city, and running a bookstore these days — she also operates Alley Cat Books on 24th Street and a second Dog-Eared Books location in the Castro. This...

Success: Borderlands will buy Haight St. building thanks to its fans

Borderlands Books has secured loans totaling $1.9 million from some 49 individual supporters who helping the bookstore buy a building on Haight Street that will serve as its permanent home. “I cannot tell you how happy and excited I am about this. It truly is a dream come true,” Borderlands owner Alan Beatts wrote to the bookstore’s supporters. The idea...

Neighborhood Notes: Open studios, library hours, scorpion

Hot on the heels of Día de los Muertos, which always brings out tons of artistic expression in the neighborhood, more local exhibitions and shows of local artists’ work are on the docket for the coming week: Open Studios comes to the Mission next weekend Open Studios Weekend 5, which includes studios in the Mission, takes place Nov. 11 and...

Neighborhood Notes: Boba Guys proposes expansion, Balompie to return, El Rio gets legacy status

 Boba Guys looks to expand next door on 19th Since the demise of Valencia Eyewear, a small retail store on 19th Street just off Valencia, the windows have been painted and what goes on inside is unclear. Now a sign has been posted making the intentions clear: Boba Guys is seeking a change of use to expand into the former...