Filmmaker, author and philanthropist Robert Mailer Anderson and wife Nicola Miner recently hosted a lively party at their beautiful Pacific Heights home with Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), author of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Why We Broke Up, in honor of Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and to highlight the importance of public libraries.
Handler commemorated the celebration with the world premiere performance of a song titled “A World Without Libraries,” which he wrote specifically for the event.
Echoing Mr. Anderson’s speech about the importance of literature, Handler acknowledged that he simply “can’t imagine a world without libraries,” then brought out his accordion for a sing-a-long with the chorus:
“Without libraries We’d be Dumb
We wouldn’t know our elbow, from our bum
Libraries are our Friends and we should take good care of them
Because without libraries we’d be D-U-M.”
The fun event featured jazz performances from the SF High School All Stars with special guests, renowned drummer Eric Harlan and Grammy nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti. The event also featured poetry readings by poet Ishmael Reed and his daughter Tennessee Reed.
Friends and literary guests, including Michelle Tea, Eddie Muller and others celebrated Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s advocacy and fundraising efforts, which raises annual funds for capital and program support for the San Francisco Public Library.
Check out Handler’s performance of “A World Without Libraries” on Friends’ blog The Readers Review: http://thereadersreview.org/
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is a member-supported, non-profit organization that fundraises, advocates, and provides financial support for the San Francisco Public Library.