Adam by Ariel Schrag

August 25th, 2014



Ariel Schrag,  who has written a series of graphic memoirs (Potential, Likewise) as well as being a writer for HBO (The L Word), has written a first novel that is a laugh-out-loud funny, moving, and illuminating coming of age story.   Adam is a seventeen year old who grew up in Piedmont, CA, the brother of big sister Casey, who has recently moved to Brooklyn.  He goes to stay with Casey, a lesbian, and her roommates for the summer, hoping to meet a cute girl.   When he tags along with Casey and her friends to parties and clubs, he meets cute girl Gillian and falls hard for her and she for him – the only problem being that Gillian thinks Adam is a trans guy.  How will this work out?



SFPL Community Redistribution Program

August 25th, 2014

Because the Main Library and branches have a finite amount of space for their collections, weeding is essential to make room for newly purchased materials.  Periodically, books are carefully de-selected with consideration give to condition, the number of copies in the library system, levels of circulation, whether the information has become outdated, and other factors.




Library and City policy allows the Library to give these materials to agencies who will use them for the public good. Top priority is given to San Francisco City and County agencies, especially the SF Unified School District and the San Francisco jails.

Community agencies within San Francisco are also given high priority, especially those serving low income neighborhoods and groups.  Agencies outside of SF are prioritized on the basis of need and by their ability to make use of the materials available.

Some of the agencies that have received books:

  • Books for the Barrios (for school-age children in the Philippines)
  • Casa de Las Madres (battered women’s shelter)
  • Delancy Street Foundation
  • Glide Church Crisis Center
  • Golden Gate Park Senior Center
  • Laguna Honda Hospital
  • SF Jails and Prison Literature Project
  • SF Unified School District
  • Tenderloin Childcare Center

How to apply:

1. Write to the Library on your community organization’s letterhead and include the following information:

1. How your agency will use the books for the public benefit

2. What kind of books you would like and how many you can use – adult, teen, children’s. Fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, etc.

Send to:

San Francisco Public Library, 
Community Redistribution Program,
100 Larkin Street, 
San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
Questions?  Call 415.557.4263  or

Not Man Booker Shortlist

August 13th, 2014


Here are the 6 finalists for the Not Man Booker Prize sponsored by The Guardian:


Simon Sylvester  – The Visitors 

Donna Tartt  – The Goldfinch 

Tony Black – The Last Tiger 

Louis Armand – Cairo

Iain Maloney – First Time Solo 

Mahesh Rao – The Smoke Is Rising


See here.


Green Apple Bookstore # 2 opens in Inner Sunset

July 31st, 2014















Green Apple Bookstore announced it will open bookstore #2 in the Sunset tomorrow, August 1st, on 9th Avenue near Golden Gate Park.  Opening on the first floor of the 2-floor Le Video store while Le Video has moved into the upstairs space, Green Apple Books on the Park will be open seven days a week and plans to host book events at the store.

The Man Booker Prize 2014 – Longlist announced

July 31st, 2014


The Man Booker Prize has announced this year’s longlist.  Five Americans are included in this, the first year American writers are eligible.  See the article from the NY Times:

跑、跳、走到100 嵗! 骨科名醫韓偉私房關節養護術

July 29th, 2014

 untitled跑、跳、走到100 嵗! 骨科名醫韓偉私房關節養護術 Pao, tiao, zou dao 100 sui! gu ke ming yi Han Wei si fang guan jie yang hu shu / 韓偉著, 2013.

《跑、跳, 走到100 嵗!》是一本關於關節疾病及養護的綜合保健書籍。作者韓偉醫師曾是美國加州大學洛杉磯分校助理臨床骨科教授,也是台灣唯一領有美國執照的運動醫學骨科醫師, 現任台北新光骨科運動醫學中心主任。全書分五章。第一章綜合介紹關節健康的重要性及關節受傷的症狀等。第二章作者介紹關節容易受損的高危人群,日常保護關節要點,以及如何養成正確姿勢。第三章介紹關節保健食品、運動,其中包括背部、膝部、足踝、和肩部的運動。第四章作者講解了膝、髖、足踝、肩、肘、腕、頭、腰各部分的多種關節常見問題,包括症狀、成因、好發族群、治療方式。最後一章作者介紹了除了開刀以外的幾種療法,包括冰敷、物理治療、體外震波、高壓氧、減重、歐凱自體細胞生成激素等等療法。




Bay Area BookFest !

July 28th, 2014

Exciting news coming out of Berkeley -

A well-connected-to-the-literary-world group has announced a Bay Area book festival to be held over the weekend of June 6-7, 2015!  They’ve already partnered with UC Berkeley and have some funding in place.  Here’s their website:


More literary news for 2015:  The American Library Association annual conference will be held in San Francisco next summer (after Bookfest) – the first time in years!


- J at the Branches

Carnegie Medal Award Winners

July 21st, 2014



Donna Tartt and Doris Kearns Goodwin Win Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.


On June 29, at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the Andrew Carnegie Medals were awarded to:

FICTION – Donna Tartt for The Goldfinch

I’m about a quarter of the way into this very long novel and it seems a bit of a shaggy dog story to me at this point, but I reserve judgment until I finish (I respect that it has won numerous big-time awards!).













NONFICTION:  Doris Kearns Goodwin for The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism



Nadine Gordimer, author and anti-apartheid activist, dies at 90

July 14th, 2014


Nadine Gordimer,  South African writer and Nobel Prize-winner, has died at the age of 90.  The author of over two dozen books – fiction and non-fiction – died  yesterday in Johannesburg.   Three of Gordimer’s books were banned in South Africa during the apartheid era.  See here:

Library Reads – Books recommended by librarians across the country

July 14th, 2014