Booktoberfest! or, Put the Pub back into Publishing

On Friday night 9/27 the Mechanics’ Institute Library hosted its third annual Booktoberfest, celebrating San Francisco Bay Area book artists, craftspeople, and producers, including MIL’s own Indie Publishers’ Working Group.


What better way to toast local books than with local beers?  21st Amendment Brewery, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers provided some Dionysian lubrication for this Apollonian event, with the excellent assistance of Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery, UC Berkeley Extension, Wiley publishers, and Bay Area cornerstone The Book Designer, AKA Joel Friedlander.

CongratulationsBktbrIndieS to our extraordinary table of independent publishers: Adele Fasick, Carol Costello, Mary O’Toole, Jon Foyt, Jackie Davis-Martin, and Carol Verburg, also representing the absent Renee Gibbons.  Also to separate participants Alicia Young, Charles Sullivan, Paula Hendricks, and David Colin Carr.


The books created by this diverse and distinguished group cover such a broad range–from Adele’s Guide to California Government to Alicia’s Savvy Girl’s Guide to Grace to Carol C’s novel Chasing Grace–that we may need our own website to do them justice.  Meanwhile, most or all are easily found at individual websites and via search engines.

Congratulations, everybody! and keep up the good work!