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Robert Mailer Anderson

Robert Mailer Anderson is the author of the best-selling novel "Boonville," which was highly-acclaimed by critics and writers, including Norman Mailer, Carl Hiaasen, Jonathan Lethem, William Gibson, Naomi Wolf, Martin Cruz Smith, and Jonathan Yardley. It was the #1 fiction book in Northern California for six months, and was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of "the top ten literary events of 2001."

Anderson began his literary career at age fifteen as a contributor to The Anderson Valley Advertiser (which The Wall Street Journal described as "the best small town newspaper in the United States."), where his uncle, Bruce Anderson, was editor and publisher. Since then he has published in Christopher Street, San Francisco Magazine, The Believer, The San Francisco Chronicle, Encore, and The San Francisco Examiner. His short story, "Briley Boy," was included in the anthology San Francisco Noir. He was named a San Francisco Library Laureate in 2003.

Among his other artistic endeavors, Anderson was co-owner of Quotidian art gallery, which SF Gate tagged as "the always envelope-pushing Quotidian." In that spirit, he designed an anti-Iraq War poster campaign in June 2004, juxtaposing an Abu Graib prisoner, the American Flag, and the slogan "Got Democracy?" The poster is now part of the collection at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. Anderson was also a board member of the San Francisco Opera Association for five years, and currently is a board member of SFJAZZ.