The Mayor of Castro Street

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The Mayor of Castro Street
The Mayor of Castro Street.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorRandy Shilts
CountryUnited States
SubjectHarvey Milk
Published1982 (St. Martin's Press)
Media typePrint
Pages400 (2008 edition)

The Mayor of Castro Street is a 1982 biography of Harvey Milk, written by Randy Shilts.[1][2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Kirkus Reviews wrote that "Shilts' interwoven account of the emergence of San Francisco as a gay mecca--and the accompanying rise in gays' political clout--is first-rate."[1]


  • In April 2007, Participant Media closed a deal with Warner Independent to turn the book into a film.[4] However, the film appears to have stalled in "development hell," as no further news about development, casting or production has emerged. The intended adaptation was unrelated to the Academy Award-winning fictional film about Harvey Milk's life, Milk, or to an earlier documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk.
  • In 2009, produced an audio version of The Mayor of Castro Street, narrated by Marc Vietor, as part of its Modern Vanguard line of audiobooks.


  1. ^ a b "Book Reviews, Sites, Romance, Fantasy, Fiction". Kirkus Reviews.
  2. ^ Schmalz, Jeffrey (April 22, 1993). "AT HOME WITH: Randy Shilts; Writing Against Time, Valiantly" – via
  3. ^ Zonana, Victor F. (February 18, 1994). "APPRECIATION" – via
  4. ^ Fleming, Michael and McClintock, Pamela. "Pair Want Milk Made." Variety. April 13, 2007.