The Bookstore in the Hub
About "The Hub" neighborhood in San Francisco

Specializing in books on San Francisco & California history,
the built & the natural environment,
politics & social justice,
cooking, food & farming,
select literature, noir, art, & children's books,
mostly new, some used

Voted SF Weekly Best of Award 2010

(All events are free unless otherwise noted)

Thursday, January 24, 7pm
Book launch and reading:
Richard Schwarzenberger’s new novel

City of Disappearances

City of disappearances, cover

In the San Francisco of the new millennium, nineteen-year-old Roxanne lives in a closet that costs all her paycheck and half her tips. It's temporary. A generation older, Martin is similarly untethered. He is breaking up with irrepressible Alex. It's permanent, unless it isn't. Unaware of a shared connection, Martin and Roxanne meet and forge a bond just as their lives vault them into unexpected orbits. Hold on.
Sunday, January 27, 5pm
Location: Dog eared Books Castro, 489 Castro Street, San Francisco
The Green Arcade and Ithuriel’s Spear Present
Gay Sunrise, with editor James Mitchell and contributors Bruce Boone and Bob Glück

Gay Sunrise, cover

Gay Sunrise is a collection of work by 32 writers and artists published originally by the Hoddypoll Press, a San Francisco small press cheerfully agitating for gay liberation as early as 1968. The book insists that advancing the dual gay lib imperatives—gay is good and we all must come out right now—started in San Francisco's gay hippie era well before Stonewall. Gay cultural historian Gregory Woods writes: "This is a terrific anthology, bursting with juicy verse and prose. It's cheerful and tearful, innocently dirty, and richly evocative of a time of great energy and hope." Kevin Killian reminds that "Gay Sunrise brings us the work of many San Francisco based poets (and a few celebrated outliers, like Ginsberg and Giorno) who wrote frankly about gay male sexuality in a time when to do so was quite dangerous," while Eric Sneathen enthuses that "charming, erotic, delightful, Gay Sunrise recalls San Francisco as the epicenter of a global phenomenon of politics and aesthetic sensibility: something so new, so fragile, and so bright."
Wednesday, February 13, 7pm
You Say You Want A Revolution:  
SDS, PL, and Adventures in Building a Worker-Student Alliance
with editor John Levin and several contributors

You Say you Want a Revolution, cover

When Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and The Progressive Labor Party (PL) splintered in June 1969, a majority of the delegates supported the program of its Worker-Student Alliance caucus. These candid accounts by WSA activists bring to life their struggles to end the Vietnam War and achieve social justice-and evaluate both WSA's successes and its failure to achieve its promise.

Tuesday, February 19, 7pm
Frank B. Wilderson, III and D.S. Marriott read from their poetry as part of The SF Poetry Center's first annual Black Study Series

Frank B Wilderson, III and DS Marriot, author photo
L: Frank B Wilderson, III R: D.S. Marriott

Frank B. Wilderson, III is an award-winning writer, poet, scholar, activist and emerging filmmaker. Dr. Wilderson spent five years in South Africa as an elected official in the African National Congress during the country’s transition from apartheid and was a member of the ANC’s armed wing Umkhonto We Sizwe. His books include Incognegro: a Memoir of Exile and Apartheid  (Duke University Press, 2015) and Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms (Duke University Press, 2010). Novelist Ishmael Reed called Incognegro “an important contribution to the African and African American canons and a rare American work that bridges two cultures [Black American and Black South African].” Wilderson's collection of poems, Sideways Between Stories, was published as a pamphlet by Commune Editions.

D.S. Marriott is originally from the UK, but now lives in Oakland, California. His poetry is often associated with the Cambridge school of poetry. And as a scholar, he has been a leading theorist of afro-pessimism. In addition to Duppies, just out in the US from Commune Editions, his recent books of poetry include Hoodoo Voodoo (Shearsman, 2008) and In Neuter (Equipage, 2012). Whither Fanon? Studies in the Blackness of Being  (Stanford University Press, 2018) joining his earlier critical works, On Black Men (Columbia University Press, 2000) and Haunted Life: Visual Culture and Black Modernity (Rutgers, 2007). 

Wednesday, February 27, 7pm
Poet Lew Ellingham's Birthday Party
Kevin Killian is MC

All welcome.
Thursday, February 28, 7pm
Mikhail Iossel, author of Notes from Cyberground: Trumpland and My Old Soviet Feeling
In Conversation with Will Durst

Come to the scathing! Join Russian émigré Iossel (journalist, novelist) and the Bay's most illustrious political satirist Durst in what will be a raucous and biting exchange. Why suffer?

 Friday, April 12, 7pm
The Poetry Center at SF State Presents:
Feliz Lucia Molina

Feliz' latest chapbook is Crystal Marys.Written from the impassive surface of the Internet and the high desert of Southern California, Crystal Marys is a field study of social-media fatigue, suburban youth, Filipino immigrancy, a denim day job in LA's garment district, and other sites of crystallized dis/enchantment. Molina traces life's "beautiful unreliable narrative logic" by the devotional images of our times-the Virgin Mary, emoji, family photos, profile pics, etc.

Saturday, May 4, 7pm
Dmitri Samarov: A Talk, a Slide-show
Introduced by Ben Terrall, publisher of the cult 'zine
Namaste Motherfu**er

Dmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, USSR in 1970. He immigrated to the US with his family in 1978. He got in trouble in 1st grade for doodling on his Lenin Red Star pin and hasn't stopped doodling since.

He has exhibited his work in all manner of bars, coffeeshops, libraries, and even the odd gallery (when he's really hard up). He paints and writes in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Where To: A Hack Memoir.

Sunday, June 2, 5pm
Poetry with Kit Robinson and James Sherry

Kit's newest book is Thought Balloon (Roof Books March 2019).

James Sherry is the publisher of Roof Books, and has published many books by Bay Area writers, including Brandon Brown, David Brazil, David Buuck, and Caleb Beckwith.

His recent books are Entangled Bank (Chax), an experiment in environmental poetics, and
The Oligarch (Palgrave Macmillan), a rewriting of Machiavelli that addresses current global politics. He will read from his current work-in-progress, Selfie.


Drowned River
Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Drowned River, cover

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