Category Archives: Books

New Book About Bernal Library Mural Is Required Reading for San Francisco

Bernal neighbor Beth Roy has written a short, must-read book about the challenges San Francisco faces as the city polarizes along the fault lines of new vs. old, Anglo vs. ethnic, progressive vs. centrist, forward-looking vs. backward-remembering, and high-tech vs. working class. Blessedly, that’s … Continue reading

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The New York Times Loves Bernal Author James Nestor’s New Book, and You’re Invited to His Party on Friday

Oh, by the way, did you catch that item  in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review? You know, the review of the brand-new book by Bernal Heights author (and anticool motorist) James Nestor? Neighbor James’s book is called Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, … Continue reading

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Badger Books on Cortland Will Close, Permanently

Last year, the bookstore long known as Red Hill Books was briefly shuttered, then refocused and reopened with a  new name: Badger Books. Alas, it seems the transformation did not succeed in reversing the store’s fortunes. Now there are For Rent … Continue reading

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Bernal Oenophile Kickstarting Book on “The Essence of Wine”

Neighbor Alder Yarrow is the founder and editor of the famous Vinography wine blog, and he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to secure pre-orders for a coffee table book called “The Essence of Wine”: This book is unlike any wine book ever … Continue reading

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Bernal Author Publishes New Science Fiction Story

Considering that the highest point in Bernal Heights is dominated by a Space Age antenna array used to transmit microwaves, it’s surprising that the Bernal Heights literary scene is not known for its homegrown science fiction. But Neighbor M. Luke McDonell of … Continue reading

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Celebrity Interview: Meet the Bernal Author Who Wrote the New Book About Apple Design Guru Jony Ive

If you own an iPhone or iPad, you’re probably familiar with the work of Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design. Likewise, if you’ve recently upgraded your iDevice to iOS7, you’re now intimately familiar with Ive’s approach to design, … Continue reading

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Sunday: Rebel Cartographer Burrito Justice Celebrates “Bike to Books” Map Project

When he’s not fomenting insurrection, agitating for territorial autonomy, or weaponizing Mexican food, Burrito Justice,  Chief Rebel Spokeblogger for the La Lenguans, also likes to dabble in cartography and map-making. He usually deploys these skills to foment heated arguments about … Continue reading

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Join Bernal Superstar Author Peter Orner as He Launches a New Set of Stories

Feeling literary? Join in as Bernal Heights superstar author Peter Orner launches his new collection of stories, “Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge,” tonight (Aug 6) at 7 pm at the Hotel Rex. Litquake is hosting: Litquake is proud to … Continue reading

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NYTimes Book Review *Hearts* Jon Mooallem’s “Wild Ones”

Bernal Neighbor Jon Mooallem’s new book is called “Wild Ones,” and it takes a thoughtful (if bemused) look at mankind’s awkward relationship with the creatures of the Animal Kingdom. Michael Pollan already praised Neighbor Jon’s book, and last Sunday, The … Continue reading

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Bernal Heights Writer Publishes the Definitive Short History of the High-Five

You may recall that earlier this week Bernalwood encouraged one and all to give Neighbor Markus a high-five for all the hard work he’s done recently to reinvigorate the Flickr online photo service. Now we would also like to encourage … Continue reading

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Tomorrow: Bernal Author/Photographer Hosts Urban Farming Book Party

Neighbor Lori Eanes is a photographer and gardener who lives on Precita Avenue. She just published a new book on urban farming, and she’s invited all of Bernalwood to come celebrate: I’m having a slideshow/book signing for my new book, … Continue reading

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Saturday: Bernal Author Hosting Cookbook Launch Party at Badger Books

Neighbor Kim Laidlaw lives on Folsom near the Alemany Farmer’s Market, and she just published a new cookbook for parents with kids who lead active lifestyles called Baby and Toddler On the Go: Fresh, Homemade Foods to Take Out and … Continue reading

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Michael Pollan *Hearts* Two Writers From Bernal Heights

Barnes and Noble recently asked celebrity food author Michael Pollan to list his five favorite books about food and nature. And wouldn’t you know it… two of Pollan’s five fave books were penned by writers from Bernal Heights: Nathanael Johnson … Continue reading

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