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Gary Kamiya

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Gary Kamiya is an author, journalist, and historian of San Francisco. His books include Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages Through the Unknown City (with Paul Madonna); Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco; and Shadow Knights: The Secret War Against Hitler. He was a co-founder of the online magazine and its longtime executive editor where he wrote about politics, literature, the Middle East, sports, music, art, race, travel, and film, among other subjects. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, ArtForum, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jones, and many other publications and has been widely anthologized, including in The Best African-American Essays 2010, The New Harvard Literary History of the United States, and the Longman Reader.

A recipient of numerous awards, including the Ron Ross Founder's Award by the San Francisco History Association and the Presidio Historical Association Award, his history column "Portals of the Past" appears every other Saturday in the San Francisco Examiner.

  • 2011