Conversation between the authors of this captivating and masterful collaboration
Featured Book: Spirits of San Francisco
Gary Kamiya‘s Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco was a #1 bestseller and an award winner. Now he joins forces with celebrated, bestselling artist Paul Madonna to take a fresh look at this one-of-a-kind city. Marrying image and text in a way no book about this city has done before, Kamiya’s captivating narratives accompany Madonna’s masterful pen-and-ink drawings, breathing life into San Francisco sites both iconic and obscure.
Paul Madonna‘s atmospheric images will awe: be amazed by his astonishing wide-angle drawing for a jaw-dropping new perspective on the “crookedest street in the world.” And Kamiya’s engaging prose, accompanying each image, offers fascinating vignettes of this incredible city: witness his story of “Dumpville,” the bizarre community that sprang up in the 19th century on top of a massive garbage dump.
Handsome and irresistible–much like the city it chronicles–Spirits of San Francisco is both a visual feast and a detailed, personal, loving, informed portrait of a beloved city.
Gary Kamiya is the author of the #1 San Francisco bestseller Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, which won the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and is widely considered one of the best books ever written about San Francisco. He writes a very popular history column for the San Francisco Chronicle. A co-founder of Salon.com and the former executive editor of San Francisco magazine, Kamiya has been a fixture on the Bay Area literary scene for more than 30 years. He lives in San Francisco.
Paul Madonna is an award-winning artist and author. His popular series All Over Coffee ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for twelve years and has been collected into two sui generis bestsellers, All Over Coffee and Everything Is Its Own Reward. Paul is the creator of the Emit Hopper Mystery Series, and his unique brand of combining images and stories has been heralded as “an all new art form,” celebrated internationally in galleries and museums as well as in print.
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