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Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem
Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849–1934 with Lee Bruno

Join us and MI member author Lee Bruno for an exploration of nearly a century of waterfront history, ranging from the Gold Rush to the Jazz Age. Mr. Bruno will tell tales of some of the enterprising entrepreneurs, reckless financiers, tireless reformers, visionary architects and city planners, and bohemian artists, musicians, and poets who all heeded the call of promise and headed to the Bay Area. Come celebrate the famous (and infamous) characters whose charismatic personalities and perseverance created the institutions, businesses, and cultural fabric of San Francisco. Mr. Bruno will present and sell his new book Misfits, Merchants and Mayhem - a collection of essays and historic photographs.

 

Ever since discovering his great grandfather Reuben Hale’s inspiring letters and speeches, Lee Bruno has been digging into San Francisco’s rich history. Lee, who received his MS in science journalism from Boston University, is the author of Panorama: Tales from San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition (Cameron + Company) and has been writing for over 20 years about business and technology for the Economist, the Guardian, MIT Technology Review, Red Herring magazine, and Wired, among others. He has lived in San Francisco for more than 30 years, raising a family of four boys with his wife and enjoying long open-water swims with the eccentrics at the South End Rowing Club.

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4th Floor Meeting Room
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