Highlights from San Francisco: an Out-Of-the-Books Experience

Last week, my mom, my brother, and I flew to San Francisco for five days.  Now, this post is not going to be about high-brow literary tourism; it’s about my own most recent reading experiences, and to me, San Francisco is home of books like Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series and Sarah Porter’s The Twice Lost.

Lost Voices3  Golden Gate1

One of the places I definitely wanted to check out was the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park, where Toby visits her friend Lily the undine.

Tea Gardens


The Moon Bridge is the gateway into Lily's knowe.
The Moon Bridge is the gateway into Lily’s knowe.

On Saturday, we met up with my cousin Daiva, who drove us to Half Moon Bay, home of Connor and Elizabeth’s selkie clan.

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay2

Ok, so I did also visit the famous City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Cafe/bar, frequent haunt of Beat Generation poets like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

City LightsVesuvio CafeVesuvio4

From the former, I got myself Patricia Monaghan’s Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines.  From the latter, a Pyrat Punch.  This was a fantastic week.

Goddesses & Heroines


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