Bloomsbury Publishing Spirits of San Francisco
Bloomsbury Publishing Spirits of San Francisco

Spirits of San Francisco

By Gary Kamiya


Publication Date: October 20, 2020

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From two bestselling, prizewinning, and critically acclaimed contemporary chroniclers of San Francisco comes a rich, illustrated, idiosyncratic portrait of this great city.

Gary Kamiya’s Cool Gray City of Love was a runaway hit, an award-winner, and a #1 bestseller. Now, he joins forces with iconic, bestselling illustrator 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 captivating narratives accompany Madonna’s masterful pen-and-ink drawings, breathing life into San Francisco sites both iconic and obscure.

Paul Madonna’s atmospheric illustrations will awe: be amazed by his astonishing wide-angle drawing for a jaw-dropping new perspective on the “crookedest street in the world.” And Kamiya’s engaging prose, accompanying each image, offers fascinating vignettes of this incredible city: witness his story of “Dumptown,” 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.

About the Author

Gary Kamiya is the author of the #1 San Francisco bestseller Cool Gray City of Love. A co-founder of, he writes a popular history column for the San Francisco Chronicle and is the executive editor of San Francisco magazine.

Paul Madonna is the prizewinning author of four books, including the bestseller All Over Coffee. His work is exhibited internationally, and he was the first (ever) art intern at Mad magazine. Both authors live in San Francisco.

Format: Hardcover with dust jacket

Length: 208 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Date: October 20, 2020

ISBN: 9781635575880

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