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Art Peterson - Why Is That Bridge Orange? San Francisco Tour GuideArt Peterson, a lifelong Bay Area resident, taught in the San Francisco public schools for 30 years, 15 of these as a teacher of writing at Lowell High School. Until recently, he was employed as Senior Editor at the University of California-affiliated National Writing Project, the nation’s prime organization devoted to the teaching of writing in the schools.
He is the author of several books, including the best-selling humor book Teachers: A Survival Guide for the Grownup in the Classroom, and the teaching classic, The Writer’s Workout Book: 113 Stretches Toward Better Prose.
For seven years he edited the Telegraph Hill Dwellers’ Semaphore. He is a member of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society and the California Historical Society. With his wife Carol, he lives in San Francisco, just a stone’s throw from the Transamerica Pyramid, the Colombo Market Arch, and the Old Ship Saloon, all of which get loving consideration in the text.

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Daniel Handler, Author of Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Written with a deft touch and plenty of humor, Why Is That Bridge Orange? fills each compact chapter with enough new information to instruct and entertain even a 35-year resident like myself. It’s the rare tourist book that will appeal as much (if not more) to locals.

Judy Irving, Producer-Director, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

As a city boy and non-fiction writer focusing on North Beach history, my first reaction to this book was “Dang, why didn’t I think of that?” Art Peterson answers questions that have lingered in my mind for years and provides a history and guide that is hard to put down.

Dick Boyd, Author of Broadway North Beach: The Golden Years

A perfect blend of history, mystery, and great photography.

Catherine Accardi, Author of San Francisco’s North Beach and Telegraph Hill and San Francisco Landmarks

San Francisco’s charms and endless fascinations come to life in this enthralling page turner. Even longtime San Franciscans will learn a lot from it.

Timothy Ferris, Longtime San Franciscan and Author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way

Why Is That Bridge Orange? is one of a kind. This book brings together an incredible variety of San Francisco experience and tells the story of one of the greatest cities of the world in a way that is lively, educational, and entertaining.

David Chiu, President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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