Standing out of the wind and taking a rest while reading, and experiencing, Historic Walks in San Francisco, 18 Trails Through the City's Past, by Rand Richards. He enjoys reading and also writing about history.

The best California history book on the market right now, he says is California: A History, by Kevin Starr.

His own favorite period of history is the progressive era. He recommends California Progressivism Revisited, edited by William Deverell and Tom Sitton.

A fiction writer he likes is Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer in particular.