What would we need if we were stranded on a desert island? Of course, if we were practical folk we would say a knife or tools, but we're not that type -- we want chocolate and books. There can never be enough books, and we're astounded by anyone who thinks there can be too much chocolate. Fortunately, we're not stranded on an island, but that doesn't mean we don't want to spend our time reading and eating. Charlie Jane Anders, known for the reading series Writers with Drinks that has run for more than a decade, on Sunday hosts the San Francisco Bookstore and Chocolate Crawl. Despite how the e-reader has ravaged the printed page, this city still has an abundance of independent bookstores, and it's time we paid tribute to them.
Starting at Green Apple Books and finishing at Modern Times Bookstore, the crawlers shall descend, wild-eyed and ready to read. Each bookstore is conveniently located next to chocolate vendors, so we can read our books and eat chocolate too. Costumes are encouraged -- and comfortable shoes or hiking boots are highly recommended.
Click through to see the points scheduled for visits on the crawl.
Noon Green Apple Books (506 Clement)
12:45 p.m. Walk to the Haight via Stanyan
1:30 p.m. The Booksmith (1644 Haight), plus chocolate at Coco-luxe (1673 Haight)
2:00 p.m. Walk to the Castro, via Cole and 17th St.
2:45 p.m. Books Inc. (2275 Market), plus chocolate from Harvest Market (2285 Market St.)
3:15 p.m. Walk down 16th to 16th and Valencia
3:45 p.m. Adobe Books (3166 16th St.), and Forest Books (3080 16th. St.)
4:15 p.m. Walk to 20th and Valencia
4:45 p.m. Borderlands Books (866 Valencia), and Dog-Eared Books (900 Valencia), plus hot chocolate from Borderlands Café (870 Valencia)
5:15 p.m. Walk to 24th and Florida
5:45 p.m. Modern Times Bookstore (2919 24th St.), plus chocolate from La Victoria Bakery (2937 24 St.)