One Good Book leads to Another: Aleta George’s new biography Ina Coolbrith – The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate

In Chapter 17 of Chronicles of Old San Francisco I set down the highlights and main story of Ina Coolbrith. As the editing of the book dragged on, this chapter was an add-on a year after I sent in the manuscript. I had a short time to research and write the book and was anxious…

Check out SF’s Cartoon Art Museum

Near Market St. in the Yerba Buena district at 655 Mission St. is the Cartoon Art Museum. It’s “About Us” page declares it “the only museum in the western United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms.” On display are old Sunday comic strips such as The Yellow…

Check out Books, Building and More at SF’s Main Library

It took an act of the California congress – the Rogers Act of 1878 – and the advocacy of Andrew Hallidie, inventor of the cable car, to create San Francisco’s first public library in 1879. In those days, only men were hired as librarians. Today – a few buildings and librarians (both male and female)…