The geography of San Francisco is a vital part of telling the history of Cakewalk, the historical novel which debuted at Marcus Books on Fillmore Saturday. We began the day with a tour of the buildings in which the novel’s plot is set. To understand how blacks played such a central role after the 1906 earthquake, one must see how important a space they occupied for decades before. These shots by Walter Atkins show some of the sights on the tour.
At the site of Purcell’s So Diff’rent, I erected street banners back in 1997 to mark the location of the buildings where the story takes place.
After a stop for lunch at Farmer Brown’s restaurant, we proceeded to Marcus Books. This is one of the three tour circuits we regularly provide through San Francisco Black Heritage Tours.
We had a lively discussion with several groups of shoppers for the next six hours.
Cakewalk was described by one reader as having the feel of a rich gumbo, with new flavors and textures in each byte.