The End of the Golden Gate: Writers on Loving and (Sometimes) Leaving San Francisco (Paperback)

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The End of the Golden Gate: Writers on Loving and (Sometimes) Leaving San Francisco (Paperback)

By Gary Kamiya (Introduction by)


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NATIONAL BESTSELLER! Capturing an ever-changing San Francisco, 25 acclaimed writers tell their stories of living in one of the most mesmerizing cities in the world.

Over the last few decades, San Francisco has experienced radical changes with the influence of Silicon Valley, tech companies, and more. Countless articles, blogs, and even movies have tried to capture the complex nature of what San Francisco has become, a place millions of people have loved to call home, and yet are compelled to consider leaving. In this beautifully written collection, writers take on this Bay Area-dweller's eternal conflict: Should I stay or should I go?

Including an introduction written by Gary Kamiya and essays from Margaret Cho, W. Kamau Bell, Michelle Tea, Beth Lisick, Daniel Handler, Bonnie Tsui, Stuart Schuffman, Alysia Abbott, Peter Coyote, Alia Volz, Duffy Jennings, John Law, and many more, The End of the Golden Gate is a penetrating journey that illuminates both what makes San Francisco so magnetizing and how it has changed vastly over time, shapeshifting to become something new for each generation of city dwellers.

With essays chronicling the impact of the tech-industry invasion and the evolution, gentrification, and radical cost of living that has transformed San Francisco's most beloved neighborhoods, these prescient essayists capture the lasting imprint of the 1960s counterculture movement, as well as the fight to preserve the art, music, and other creative movements that make this forever the city of love.

For anyone considering moving to San Francisco, wishing to relive the magic of the city, or anyone experiencing the sadness of leaving the bay—and ultimately, for anyone that needs a reminder of why we stay.

Bound to be a long-time staple of San Francisco literature, anyone who has lived in or is currently living in San Francisco will enjoy the rich history of the city within these pages and relive intimate memories of their own.

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: A percentage of the proceeds will be given to charities that help those in the bay experiencing homelessness. Every copy purchased offers a small way to help those in need.
• Gary Kamiya
• W. Kamau Bell
• Margaret Cho
• Michelle Tea
• Daniel Handler
• John Law
• Beth Lisick
• Peter Coyote
• Alia Volz
• Stuart Schuffman
• Jamie Wong
• Larry Smith
• Bonnie Tsui
• Elissa Bassist
• Duffy Jennings
• Grant Faulkner
• Diana Helmuth
• Alysia Abbott
• Sarah Coglianese
• Elizabeth Khuri Chandler
• Andrew Altschul
• Terry Ashkinos
• Kimberly Reyes
• Fayette Hauser
Product Details ISBN: 9781797210285
ISBN-10: 1797210289
Publisher: Chronicle Prism
Publication Date: May 25th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English
"Funny, heartbreaking, insightful--and sometimes incite-ful." --SF Gate

"The End of the Golden Gate brings some of the area’s most notable voices together to offer an insider’s account on why we go (but often stay) in a city that is beauty incarnate but constantly in search of itself.. A necessary, lively rebuttal to any argument suggesting San Francisco is headed six feet below, while also revealing the many painful, often profound costs that come with being-and remaining-a resident of San Francisco." --San Francisco Chronicle/Datebook

The End of the Golden Gate’s 25 essays are filled with emotional, sincere thoughts on San Francisco. The collection’s depictions of the city and its people often are beautiful, and its anecdotes illuminating.” --SF Weekly

“Heartfelt, enlightening…. This collection illuminates the beauty, the climate and the history that drew (and sustained) residents to ‘the glittering, devil-may-care’ city, with contributions from 25 writers who may have left her, but undeniably have loved her, too.” Shelf Awareness


Celebrating the power of story, the inaugural Santa Fe Literary Festival will be an unforgettable weekend dedicated to a shared love and language of ideas. Collected Works Bookstore is thrilled to be the official bookstore of the Festival. 

Bestselling, prizewinning authors and literary legends like Margaret Atwood, Joy Harjo, Colson Whitehead, Sandra Cisneros, John Grisham, amongst others, will headline the festival, discussing their work with readings and book signings that set the stage for further inspired conversations.

NOTE: If you purchase a festival event ticket that is INCLUSIVE of the author's book, you will receive that book upon check-in for your event at the festival.

To order books by festival authors directly from CW, see below. Collected Works will be carrying a wide selection of books by all participating authors available for online pre-order and at the on-site festival bookstore May 20-23.

Purchase your tickets from the SF Literary Festival website here.

Purchase your books by festival authors directly from CW below:

Margaret Atwood     Freddie Bitsoie     Sandra Cisneros

Lynn Cline     William deBuys     Ashley Ford

John Grisham     Roshi Joan Halifax     Joy Harjo

Anne Hillerman     Cheryl Alters Jamison     Craig Johnson

Asma Khan     Phil Klay      Jon Krakauer

Valeria Luiselli     Deborah Madison      Emily St. John Mandel

George R. R. Martin      James McGrath Morris     Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co. 

Carmella Padilla     Douglas Preston     Kirstin Valdez Quade

Bob Shacochis     Henry Shukman     Hampton Sides

Bryant Terry     Darryl Lorenzo Wellington     Colson Whitehead

Don Winslow     Lawrence Wright