We are 22 days away from Election Day, where San Francisco will vote into office a new mayor who will oversee 28 libraries in every corner of the city that are growing in popularity at a time when literacy is a critical issue.
With that in mind, we sat down with most of our mayoral candidates and asked them to talk about what books they are reading now, what books they just can’t finish, and which branch libraries are their favorites—to be released as a three part series on The Readers Review. And their answers might surprise you.
Who is currently reading Llama Llama Red Pajama? Who just couldn’t get through a book about Sesame Street?Watch the video above or read below for the answers!
Check back tomorrow for part two, where we ask the candidates: What book have you just never been about to get through?
And now without further adieu, SF Mayoral Candidates: What book is on your nightstand right now?
Check out what your favorite candidate is reading at the San Francisco Public Library!
- Jeff Adachi—Hype & Soul: Behind the Scenes at Motown by Al Abrams
Book not available in SFPL collections, but you can check out these books on the Motown music movement!
- John Avalos—Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest by Michael Krasny
- David Chiu—Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier by Edward L. Glaeser
- Bevan Dufty—Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel by Armistead Maupin
- Tony Hall—Their Darkest Hour: People Tested to the Extreme in WWII by Laurence Rees
This Book of short stories about people’s experiences during the second world war is not currently in the SFPL collections, but you can check out books from the SFPL about WWII by Laurence Rees here.
- Dennis Herrera—The Promise by Jonathan Alter and
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
- Joanna Rees—Cooking with Grease: Stirring the pots in American Politics by Donna Brazile
- Phil Ting—Llama Llama Red Pajama written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
- Leland Yee—Book on Confucius.
The gifted book was without an author, but there are plenty of books about Confucius at the library!
Please note: Ed Lee and Michela Alioto-Pier were unable to participate.