Archive for November, 2010

The Walker’s Map of San Francisco is available in stores!

November 23, 2010

As a child of the mid-to-late 1960s I imprinted on K-Tel records ads on TV, and the phrase “Not Available in Stores!”  At long last, this no longer applies to The Walker’s Map of San Francisco (AKA Trails of San Francisco). I’ve been under the gun since starting to advertise it last year in BayNature and the Bored Feet Press catalog, thinking I’d be done in a couple weeks. Along the way, the map shape-shifted, shrank, stuck out its tongue, went on vacation to Italy, grew 150%, and shape-shifted, but I was finally able to stick it to a marvelous format before the next earthquake or disaster struck the city it shows in such marvelous detail. 

With Thanksgiving behind us, I’m happy to report the map IS available in stores. There’s a list of stores on our website, which I’ll update as more locations come aboard. In downtown San Francisco, it’s at Alexander Book Company and The Green Arcade; in the northern half of the city it’s at Russian Hill Bookstore, the Warming Hut, Green Apple, and Japonica. It’s at Bird and Beckett in Glen Park, and at Books Inc. (various locations) and I’m pretty sure it’s at Book Passage (Corte Madera and SF Ferry Building). 

Pretty soon we should have it in a couple bookstores on Valencia, plus Bernal Heights and Noe Valley. I haven’t found just the right store in the Inner Sunset District (which for all other purposes is the city’s perfect commercial district), but something will come up. Getting it into REI through the proper channels should happen in a month or two. 

In the East Bay, try Moe’s and Builder’s Booksource in Berkeley; on the Peninsula, Kepler’s in Menlo Park; in Marin try Book Passage

Not entirely believing the map would be finished until I held it in my hot little hand, I FINALLY added the map to my catalog, so you can take a peek and order by mail. Suggested retail price is $7.95. With sales tax the price is $8.76 each.  Add $0.50 per map for postage. On my website you order the old-fashioned way by printing out a form and mailing it with a check; if you want to use a credit card and a virtual shopping cart, you can order the map from Bored Feet Press  and check out their great selection of books and maps of Northern California.

updated and re-posted 12/3/2010

We’re off to see the printer!

November 16, 2010

This afternoon I finished up the last touches on my big new map, now titled The Walker’s Map of San Francisco, and headed off to the printer. They flight-check it and I proof it later this week, then it goes to press.

The final map is 33.75 inches wide x 25 inches tall, double-sided. It is as much a neighborhood map as a trail map, hence the departure from my usual “Trails of…” titles. (Some of the city’s best trails are streets). The north and south maps overlap about a mile, in a swath stretching from Golden Gate Park to AT&T Park.
It’s an unusual format for a city map, but this is no usual map. The north map extends north to Sausalito, Rodeo Valley, and Angel Island; the south map shows the trails of Mt. Sutro and Twin Peaks area, Glen Canyon, McLaren Park, and San Bruno Mountain.

One of my goals was to show the city book-ended by its natural habitats, so you can get in touch with the fragments of coastal scrub and grassland that have been preserved (the city is unique in having a parks division that specifically manages 31 natural areas), then see the same landscapes, bigger, in the Marin Headlands and San Bruno Mountain. Most city parks stop at the County line, but for a trail/habitat map, that’s just where things get really interesting. I am very happy to cross those lines with this map.

And you can use the very same map to find the historical markers on the waterfront, ride the bus, climb stairways, visit the streetcar suburbs (via streetcar!) and find a nice cup of coffee

So the map will be out by Thanksgiving; first place to find it (besides by mail) is at Green Arcade Bookstore at Gough and Market, and 17th and Balboa Market in the Richmond. Books Inc. has a bunch on order (if my distributor and I can sneak them in before the holiday rush). By early 2011 I should have it at REI, the Warming Hut, and other bookstores. It’s a steal at $7.95.

Thank you all for your patience and encouragement.