One City One Book: Selection Criteria

One City One Book Selection Committee 2019

  • Michelle Jeffers, Chief of Community, Programs and Partnerships, SFPL
  • Anissa Malady, Adult Engagement Coordinator, SFPL
  • Alejandro Gallegos, Adult Engagement Manager, SFPL
  • Susan Mall, Vice President, San Francisco Library Commission
  • Byron Spooner, Literary Director, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
  • Connie Wolf, Art, Culture, Education Consultant
  • Calvin Crosby - Executive Director, Northern California Book Association
  • Kevin Hunsanger, Book Dealer
  • Bob Deloria, Books Inc.
  • Deena Chalabi, Barbara and Stephan Vermut Associate Curator of Public Dialogue, SFMOMA
  • Naomi Jelks, African American Center Librarian

We search for a book that meets as many of the following criteria as possible:

  • High literary quality;
  • Reflective of universal issues facing San Franciscans;
  • Mirrors the diversity of San Francisco;
  • Connects to San Francisco either through the content or perhaps because the author is from San Francisco;
  • Available in key languages;
  • Currently in print and available in large quantities;
  • Appeals to adults and high-schoolers;
  • Available in paperback;
  • Capable of sparking provocative discussions;
  • Lends itself to engaging public programs around the book.
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