Bay City Books: New Books from Bay Area Authors – September 2021

New books, and new in paperback, from San Francisco Bay Area authors, listed by release date.

New in Hardcover

The Archer

by Shruti Swarmy (San Francisco)
(Algonquin, September 7)

A young woman comes of age in 1960s- and 1970s-era Bombay, a vanished world that is complex and indelibly rendered.

System Error

by Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, Jeremy Weinstein (Stanford)
(Harper, September 7)

Three Stanford professors—experts who have worked at ground zero of the tech revolution for decades—reveal how big tech’s obsession with optimization and efficiency has sacrificed fundamental human values and outlines steps we can take to change course, renew our democracy, and save ourselves.

Rule of the Robots

by Martin Ford (Sunnyvale)
(Basic, September 14)

This is what happens as AI takes over our lives.


by Mary Roach (Oakland)(Norton, September 14)

An investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet.

Allies: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up, and Trying Again  

by various, including Aida Salazar (Oakland) 
(DK Children, September 14)

In this collection of true stories, 17 YA authors get real about being an ally, needing an ally, and showing up for friends and strangers.  

Blood on the Fog 

by Tongo Eisen-Martin (San Francisco)
(City Lights, September 21)

Radical, outraged, knowing, wry, and deeply humane, poems of survival that soar with a vision of collective liberation. Authored by San Francisco’s New Poet Laureate.

Burnt Toast and Other Disasters

by Cal Peternell (Berkeley) 
(William Morrow Cookbooks, September 21)

A guide to transforming the most lackluster of ingredients into a delicious meal, making bad food good and making good food even better.

Rigged Justice

by John Vandemoer (Half Moon Bay, CA)
(HarperCollins Publishers / HarperOne, September 28)

The former Stanford University sailing coach sentenced in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal shares his story.

Playing at the Border

by Joanna Ho (East Palo Alto) 
(HarperCollins, September 28)

A picture book biography about the musician Yo-Yo Ma, immigration, and using music to build bridges.


New in Paperback

La Tierra de las Grullas

by Aida Salazar (Oakland)
(Scholastic, September 7)

Nine-year-old Betita and her pregnant mother learn to rise above the abhorrent conditions inside an immigration detention camp along the US / Mexico border.  

Inter State: Essays from California

By José Vadi (Oakland)

(Soft Skull, September 14th)

A debut collection of poetic, linked essays investigating the past and present state of California, its conflicting histories and their impact on a writer’s family and life.

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