San Francisco literary figure Kathi Kamen Goldmark has died
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, a beloved figure in the San Francisco literary scene, died Thursday, her husband Sam Barry announced on her Facebook page. Her son Tony Goldmark added that his mother had succumbed to cancer. Kathi Kamen Goldmark, author of the novel "And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You," was a founding member of the author rock band the Rock Bottom Remainders, highlighted above at a show with Steve Martin at UCLA's Royce Hall.
Goldmark's Facebook page soon began filling with heartfelt memorials from friends and fellow authors.
Novelist Luis Alberto Urrea: "Kathi--goodbye for now. You changed my life, but so many of us could say that. So sad, so terribly sad. But you were about the joy and the laughter and the love. Give me a minute, honey. I'll get there. RIP."
Oscar Villalon, editor of the magazine Zyzzyva: "Kathi Kamen Goldmark was a great person, one of the best I've ever met. For all of us who had the pleasure of knowing her -- and there are many who did, because she was such a warm woman -- we mourn her death."
Janet Fitch: "What sad news that Kathi has passed. What a bright spirit. What a tactful critic. She brought the party with her."
Andy Ross: "As a former roadie for The RBR, I'll miss you and think good thoughts. Thanks for making our lives richer and happier."
Kevin Smokler: "San Francisco lost Kathi Kamen Goldmark today, a giant of this town's cultural life. We are better for her having been here, colder and grayer for her passing. I will miss her terribly."
Victoria Shoemaker: "Kathi, you gave me some of the brightest moments I've had in all of my bookselling, publicity, agent years. Your grace, immense talent, generosity, and wicked humor made all of us fall in love with you. Save room in your next band for us. I will miss you and love you always."
Author Julie Klam: "I am so so sad and so so sorry to hear we lost such a wonderful woman. RIP, Kathi. xxx"
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: The Rock Bottom Remainders -- Dave Barry, Roger McGuinn, Steve Martin, Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Ridley Pearson -- at UCLA's Royce Hall in 2003. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times