About this project
The Litography Project is an interactive and evolving multimedia map honoring San Francisco’s literary past, present and future.
Stretch Goal #2 - Over $23,000 for an editor
We want to hire an advising editor - someone with a history of incredible storytelling experience who would bring a valued perspective to the work we produce. And that editor is Marianne McCune.
Marianne McCune has reported for NPR (most recently, Planet Money) and WNYC for almost two decades. She has followed her stories from the nooks and crannies of Brooklyn and the Bronx to Pakistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Colombia and now back to San Francisco - the Berkeley-born native just moved back to the Bay Area.
Marianne has won local and national awards for her reporting, including the Dart Award for Coverage of Trauma (2012) for Living 9/11, a documentary exploring how the World Trade Center attacks impacted the lives of New Yorkers in the decade that followed. She has won two Third Coast International Audio Festival awards, as well as the Daniel Schorr Journalism Award.
Marianne is also the founder and longtime editor of Radio Rookies, an award-winning series of stories written, reported, and produced by New York teenagers. Radio Rookies won a Peabody award and been honored for "outstanding reporting on the problems of the disadvantaged" by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Domestic Radio.
You can hear one of Marianne's award-winning pieces right here.
Stretch Goal #1! - Over $20,200 for a sound engineer
We need to raise $1,000 more to hire an amazing sound engineer who will help take our audio stories to the next level. That amazing engineer is Seth Samuel.
Seth Samuel is a sound engineer, producer, and reporter. He has a bachelor's degree in music composition from Oberlin Conservatory and a master's degree in music composition for film and multimedia from NYU. Seth produces and mixes KALW News' award-winning daily news-magazine, Crosscurrents.
Seth also engineers and produces KALW's weekly music show, Voicebox, which airs on multiple stations and just won the 2013 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Media Award for for its broadcasts raising the profile of the human voice.
He composed soundtracks for nearly 100 of Richard Kostelanetz's "Microfictions;" he has worked with McSweeney's on their podcast, The Organist; and he is the producer for Come and Listen: Jewish Food For Thought, an "audio portal into Jewish culture, history, and religion."
Seth won an "Excellence in Journalism" award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2012.
If you'd like to hear an example of Seth's work (and one of his favorite creations), check out this documentary that he made:
We're raising money to launch our map and fund six months of multimedia stories. There is no resource that collaboratively documents San Francisco's rich and unique literary culture. We want to make that resource.
What does that mean exactly?
This map will function as an online space for people to explore a variety of creative stories about San Francisco’s literary scene. We hope that by organizing stories on a map, we’ll help contextualize the people, places, events, and ideas of the city’s literary culture. And since there are so many different types of stories to be told about this place, we will utilize all different kinds of media to tell them - that’s where the multimedia comes in. There will be writing, illustrations, photography and audio. We’ll continue to add stories to the map on a regular basis in order to grow and evolve with our city.
So what kind of stories we will tell?
We'll show you - and let you listen to - how a book is actually made. We'll roam SF's neighborhoods with authors and learn how where they live affects what they write. We'll hear love letters to local bookstores. We'll make illustrations inspired by live readings of people's poetry and prose. We want to push the boundaries of creative storytelling to immerse you in an experience that you won't find anywhere else.
How are we going to do that?
In order to find the best stories - we’ll turn to the experts. We will work with all kinds of artists - photographers, illustrators, journalists, writers, poets - to bring stories to the map that are as diverse as the people who create them. We hope that by commissioning stories from this community, we will help nourish it, and furthermore, create new connections between great people.
Well that’s sounds great so far, now why do we need your hard-earned $$$?
Creating this map not only takes time - (we’ve been working on this for almost a year!) - it also needs some funding to get off the ground. We need your help to:
- pay Lo Benichou (hi Lo!) to create a beautiful website
- pay for basic equipment and software to create and edit stories
- pay the people who are making stories for the map. The amount we’re asking for is the bare minimum we need to get off the ground so anything beyond the $19,200 mark will go a long way to ensuring that this map is a sustainable resource.
But we aren’t just asking for dollars and cents - we could really use your help to spread the word! Please share this with anybody and everybody - your grandmother, that co-worker you kind of have a crush on, your barista. Even though The Litography Project is based in San Francisco, we think it will be a great resource for anyone who’s ever been here, wants to come here, or simply loves books and culture. THANK YOU in advance for all your wonderful support!
And now for our fabulous rewards!
Director + Producer: Ninna Gaensler-Debs
Operations + Producer: Claire Mullen
Business + Producer: Angela Johnston
Design + Producer: Cal Tabuena-Frolli
Interactive Web Development: Lo Benichou
We'll be partnering with these two wonderful organizations!
Click on the images to learn more about them.
A big THANK YOU to these people who helped this Kickstarter happen!
Prize Donations: Quiet Lightning
Web Development consultation: Michael Johnston
Kickstarter Video: Nic Pollock
Risks and challenges
Finding and creating interesting and innovative stories isn't always easy. Luckily, we're already waist-deep in a community of journalists, writers, illustrators, poets and everything in between - many of whom we're already talking to about making awesome and exciting stories for the map. And we're lucky to have such strong ties with local public radio station KALW - there's always a constant stream of amazing people always hanging around the station!
While we do not specialize in shipping t shirts or rolling up posters, we have spent hours and hours talking to manufacturers, creating a delivery plan, and generally making sure that the cool things on this page get to you. Please note that we are doing our very very best to get things to you in a timely manner - and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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