Robert Mailer Anderson

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Robert Mailer Anderson
Born 1968 (age 48–49)
San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation Novelist
Notable works
  • Boonville, The Death of Teddy Ballgame (play)
Spouse Nicola Miner

Robert Mailer Anderson (born 1968) is an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright and philanthropist. He is the author of the novel Boonville, which takes place in the Northern California town of Boonville, and the 2016 play "The Death of Teddy Ballgame."[1] Anderson is a three-time San Francisco Library Laureate[2] and in 2016 he was presented the San Francisco Arts Medallion for his outstanding leadership in the arts. [3]

Family background[edit]

Anderson was born in San Francisco. He is an eighth-generation native of California. Anderson and his two siblings were raised by divorced blue-collar parents.[4] As a young man he spent five years living with his father at Grapevine Group Home for juvenile delinquents and disturbed youth, where his father was the director. He also spent time at his father’s prior workplace, Fern Hill School, run by his uncle Bruce Anderson, where residents included future serial killer David Mason and Darrell Waters, who murdered one of the Fern Hill counselors.[5][6] His uncle, Bruce Anderson, is the publisher of the Anderson Valley Advertiser for which Robert was both a contributor and fiction editor in the 1990s. During his time as fiction editor, Anderson attracted talents like Daniel Handler, Sandow Birk, Floyd Salas and Michelle Tea.[7]

Writing career[edit]

Anderson's short story "36-28-34-7" was published by Christopher Street in 1995. Boonville was published in 2001 by Bay Area independent publisher Creative Arts Book Publishing, and was then picked up for paperback reprint by HarperCollins.

In 2007 he co-wrote, produced, and appeared in Pig Hunt, a horror film set in Northern California.[8]

Anderson's play "The Death of Teddy Ballgame" was published by San Francisco publishing press Molotov Editions in 2016.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson lives in San Francisco.[10] Married to the heiress Nicola Miner (daughter of Oracle Corporation cofounder Bob Miner), he is a former board member of the San Francisco Opera, and the SFJAZZ.[11] During his ten years on the SF Jazz board, Anderson spearheaded the $65 million campaign to build the SF Jazz Center, the first freestanding building for jazz performance and education in America. Anderson named the campaign "The World is Listening"[12] and the phrase was later used to promote the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards.[13] On February 16, 2012, he and his wife hosted Barack Obama's fundraising visit to San Francisco, at his home in Pacific Heights. Singer Al Green, bassist Les Claypool, harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite and blues player Booker T. Jones performed for the fundraiser.[14][15][16]


In June 2004, Anderson created an anti-Iraq War poster campaign, which juxtaposed an Abu Graib prisoner, the American Flag, and the slogan "Got Democracy?". The poster became part of the collection at Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles.[17]

Selected works[edit]





  1. ^ "The Death of Teddy Ballgame". Molotov Editions. 
  2. ^ "Library Laureates Go By the Book". SF Wire. 
  3. ^ "Arts Medallion 2016". Museum of Performance and Design. 
  4. ^ "Robert Mailer Anderson: edgy and on the edge". SFGate. 
  5. ^ "Jury Begins Waters Deliberations". Ukiah Daily Journal. May 25, 1973. p. 1. Retrieved February 23, 2017 – via  (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Robert Mailer Anderson: edgy and on the edge". SFGate. 
  8. ^ "Robert Mailer Anderson on the Mendo madness of "Pig Hunt"", SF360 Archived May 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Playwright and friends explore the thrill of impending doom". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  10. ^ Aidin Vaziri (December 17, 2006). "ON THE TOWN With Robert Mailer Anderson". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "The World is Listening" (PDF). SFJAZZ. 
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ "Highlights and lowlights of Obama's SF visit: our coveted Chronnie Awards are back!!". The San Francisco Chronicle. February 1, 2017. 
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ "Covering the city with 'got democracy?' posters, writer confronts our ideals, questions Iraq policy". SFGate. 
  18. ^ Boonville. Creative Arts. 2001. ISBN 978-0-88739-479-9. 
  19. ^ The Death of Teddy Ballgame. Molotov Editions. ISBN 978-0-9967659-2-3. 
  20. ^ "The Songs of Stevie Wonder". SFJAZZ. 
  21. ^ "Live 2006 3rd Annual Concert Tour". SFJAZZ. 
  22. ^ "Live 2007 4th Annual Concert Tour". SFJAZZ. 
  23. ^ "Edward Simon: Latin American Songbook". All Music. 
  24. ^ "The Latin American Soundbook". Edward Simon. 
  25. ^ "NAACP Image Award Nominees Announced". NAACP. 
  26. ^ "Latest Recordings". Edward Simon. 
  27. ^ "Miguel Zenon: Tipico". All Music. 
  28. ^ "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. 

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