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where the streets have literary names 

Wednesday, Sep 25 2013

For most of us, bicycling and reading are best done separately, but local writer and cyclist Nicole Gluckstern has found an occasion to do the activities in tandem: the 25th anniversary of the project that named 12 San Francisco streets after authors and artists. To celebrate Isadora Duncan Lane, Saroyan Place, and the other artistic avenues, Gluckstern devised an approximately two-hour bike route (which despite its few hills, is suitable for all but beginning cyclists, she says) that connects the streets. She then teamed up with popular blogger Burrito Justice to create a map, now being published by City Lights, that shows not just the route but historical maps of those streets and what Gluckstern calls "tidbits of location," explaining why each particular street was named after a particular author. Today she leads a tour of the Bike to Books route, which starts at Jack London Street and ends at Jack Kerouac Alley. The latter is right next to City Lights, where after the ride, Evan Karp, literary man-about-town and SF Weekly writer, will emcee a map release party reading featuring samples from each figure's work. Gluckstern has enlisted readers who, like the streets themselves, all have special connections to their authors (but the list of readers is top secret). This part of the event is open to those who like imbibing their words sweat-free and sitting still.

Bikes to Books starts at 10:30 a.m. at Jack London Street, S.F. Admission is free; visit

Sun., Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m., 2013

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