She spent her final hours at UCSF Medical Center. Other people present at the time included Maya Angelou, Amy Tan and Dave Barry.
She had been described by Log Angeles Time book blog as “a beloved figure in theSan Franciscoliterary scene.”
During her career as book and song writer, she wrote many songs, essays, columns and books.
Her books also included the novel, “And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You.” She founded a rock group with the name of Rock Bottom Remainders in 1992.
Other members of the band included authors Stephen King, Tan, Barry, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow and others.
The band was a regular performer at the American Booksellers Association meetings in California and performed during these events for 20 years. During these performances, the band raised about $2 million for charity.
Barry, a columnist at Miami Herald who also happened to be her brother-in-law, met her in San Francisco when she accompanied him on a book tour.
Barry recalls that she was a very vibrant person and used to collect a lot of people around her.
He said that she was always up for a party and you could hardly see her in a sad mood.
She was wild at heart and was always creating or singing songs and music.
Kathi regularly contributed a monthly column for BookPage and was quite active in the literary activities.
She also produced the radio show West Coast Live and also remained a member of San Francisco based band named Los Train Wreck.
She also supervised the production of several music CDs while serving as President of “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” Productions Inc. S
he was also selection committee member of One City One Book campaign and served as advisory committee member of San Francisco Writers Conference.