Meanwhile in San Francisco…

If San Francisco could talk, what would it say? Illustrator Wendy MacNaughton discovered the next best thing: asking locals to describe daily life in the city in their own words. The result, Meanwhile in San Francisco, is a street-smart collection of everyday observations as diverse and lovely as the city itself. With sketchbook in hand and a natural sense of curiosity, MacNaughton paints an intimate portrait of the City by the Bay: from the bookshelves of the San Francisco Public Library to the bison in Golden Gate Park and the vendors at the farmers’ market. Meanwhile in San Francisco offers both lifelong residents and those just blowing through with the fog an opportunity to see the city with new eyes.

Meanwhile in San Francisco


Meanwhile in SF Cover Poster

An apt metaphor for the many-layered city, the book jacket unfolds to reveal a hidden poster that’s beautiful, honest, funny, and a little smug. Just like San Francisco.

Guinevere de la Mare
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Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare is a writer, book lover, and the founder of Silent Book Club. She lives in San Francisco. She also was the senior community manager at Chronicle Books from 2009-2014.
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  • Claudine April 8, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Wendy was interviewed 4/7/14 on KQED by Michael and it was wonderful. This "book" is full of information about all the special spots in SF. It would be valuable for the native as well as a new visitor. If you are looking for interesting people, or places, then get Wendy's creation.


  • Jlewis April 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I LOVE this book. The illustration style, the content, everything. I was sad when I finished it. Highly recommend for those in love with SF as I shamelessly am.


  • thepeacepatch April 9, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I heard the same interview…so fascinating! Wendy is crazytalented…I'd love to see the book and her artistic take on the Bay Area. Cheers!


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