Thursday, November 26, 2009

Author plans one-issue SF newspaper

The San Francisco publishing house founded by author Dave Eggers (pictured) plans to release a one-issue, 300-page newspaper on Dec. 8 that will feature the contributions of Michael Chabon, Stephen King, Andrew Sean Greer, William T. Vollmann and Junot Diaz.

The Panorama will also include the work of Bay Area authors Michelle Tea, Tom Barbash, Robert Hass and Daniel Alarcon.

Eggers, perhaps best known as the author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," is a big believer in the printed word and disputes the notion that online journalism will eliminate newspapers.

The Panorama will have a main news section including investigative reports, arts and sports sections, a magazine, a book review section, pull out posters and comics, according to a press release. Eggers' publishing house, McSweeney's, plans to print this newspaper on a 15- by 22-inch broadsheet, which harkens back to the classic days of newspapers.

"The Panorama in part is a way to demonstrate the many things that newspapers can do uniquely well, and how necessary they are to a thriving democracy," said Eggers. "From the beginning, we conceived of this as a way to show readers how much newsprint can do, and how essential to the craft of journalism readers' support of print is."

Panorama will go on sale Dec. 8, and the Chronicle has obtained the right to republish articles from this special edition.

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