Peter Coyote’s contribution to this illustrated history of San Francisco Public Library is called “Time to Be Savored Not Saved.” The book was researched and written by Peter Booth Wiley. As a collaborative publishing enterprise, it united writers and illustrators in public celebration of the city’s rich artistic heritage. The book includes specially commissioned essays on libraries by twenty-five of the Bay Area’s leading writers including Coyote, Michael McClure, and Martin Cruz-Smith. Its foreword is by Isabel Allende, who served as the book’s literary editor.
Peter gives an overview of the book:
After graduating from Grinnell College with a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1964, and despite having been accepted at the prestigious Writer’s Workshops in Iowa, Coyote moved to the West Coast to pursue a master’s degree in creative writing at San Francisco State...