Too bad the store fired the guy who made all these great events possible...nothing there has been the same since, and we don't shop there any more. There are far more welcoming independent bookstores in the Bay Area than this one. Used to be a good store...now, meh.
Best Author Appearances San Francisco 2008 - The Booksmith
When bookstores vanish, so do their author appearances, a point that was sadly hammered home in 2006 when A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books crapped out. City-bound authors, however, weren't out of luck, given that the Booksmith was ready and willing to add to its already stellar speaker series. The events at the independent store, which changed owners last year, are still under the firm hand of coordinator Tom Gladysz, who has organized more than 900 events over the past decade, drawing local authors, touring hotshots, and award winners — along with Daniel Handler in each of his various guises. Last year saw a bunch of big names, among them William Gibson, Greil Marcus, Jonathan Lethem, William T. Vollmann, China Miéville, and Chuck Palahniuk, along with legions of newcomers such as first-time novelist Keith Gessen, who parachuted into the shop at the end of April, two days after launching another weary hit on McSweeney's and Dave Eggers via The New York Times. Kudos, Booksmith, for welcoming even tools!
I remember the author events guy who won this award. He was great. He brought in all kinds of great writers, even some rock musicians and celebrities. I saw some science fiction writers there. It's too bad the Booksmith let him go or whatever. The author events are not the same.
As it came near the end of my tenure at this store, I was both pleased and honored to receive this award. In retrospect, I feel I had accomplished something special in bringing writers and readers together. (Actually, this was the second time the events program I helped establish was so honored by the SF Weekly.) Over the years, it has been a pleasure to serve the book community of the San Francisco Bay Area.
congratulation to booksmith a wonderful independent bookstore and to thomas for hosting and spreading the literary word...