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Monday, October 5, 2009

Show Up at Dynamo Tomorrow Morning, and You Might Score a Free Book

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 5:08 PM

click to enlarge One of these babies should be as essential to reading as an Itty Bitty Book Light. - JESUS H. SHATNER/FLICKR
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  • One of these babies should be as essential to reading as an Itty Bitty Book Light.
Wouldn't we all read more if it somehow involved doughnuts? Tomorrow morning, books collide with sinkers in front of Dynamo Donut + Coffee (2760 24th St. at York), scene of a book giveaway to hype One City, One Book. You know One City: It's the library's initiative to get us all on the same page, literally -- like, in the same book. SFPL describes is like this: "an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City." This year's book? Doug Dorst's Alive in Necropolis, a detective thriller with ghosts. The ones that haunt the cemeteries of creepy Colma.

Tomorrow at 8 a.m., McSweeney's publisher Oscar Villalon will be on the sidewalk in front of Dynamo, with stacks of Dorst's book. If you're among the first 30 people to ask him a question -- any question -- about books or football, you'll get a free copy and what outreach librarian Rosie Merlin calls a "thoughtful answer." Villalon doesn't even have to answer correctly. You'll also score a bookmark and a One City, One Book program guide. And in honor of the event, Dynamo will be hawking the sinker it developed in honor of Alive in Necropolis, the Colma Copper, a cornmeal doughnut studded with blueberries. You'll be able to crack your free copy of Dorst's book right then and there, and get doughnut crumbs all between the pages -- just like, in our opinion, every book should have.

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