Gary Kamiya & Paul Madonna: Spirits of San Francisco

October 27th, 2022



Hyper local book with hyper local author and a hyper local illustrator! You can't get more Bookshop West Portal than that. We're so happy to welcome back local author Gary Kamiya and local author and illustrator Paul Madonna for the paperback release of Spirits of San Francisco. This book flies off of the shelf on a regular basis and we're over the moon to have it in paperback now, too! This event is free to attend and currently slated to be in-person. We are monitoring the COVID situation and remain committed to following all public heath guidelines. We are flexible and will hold this event virtually if need be.



The bestselling book from two prizewinning, critically acclaimed contemporary chroniclers of San Francisco-a rich, illustrated, idiosyncratic portrait of this great city-now in paperback.


In Spirits of San Francisco, #1 bestselling Cool Gray City of Love author Gary Kamiya 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 illuminating 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: his wide-angle drawings offer a new perspective on the "crookedest street in the world" and vistas across the city. And Kamiya's engaging prose, accompanying each image, offers striking 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, which won the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. He writes a very popular history column for the San Francisco Chronicle. A co-founder of 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 in galleries, museums, and print.




Event date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 7:00pm
Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781635579819
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 20th, 2022