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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

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(All events are free unless otherwise noted)

Sunday, October 1, 6pm
Poet Rob Halpern reads from his latest:
Touching Voids in Sense

Touching Voids in Sense, cover

"Rob Halpern’s new work in progress enters regions of the self that existing regimes
of sense, visible, tactile, and verbal, keep hidden. What’s at stake is love, care and the
human body, an abyss at which loving care of another’s body is the most explosive
of concerns. The requirement is radical critique of the logics of meaning. Touching
holes in sense is a reflection on the deeper sources of Halpern’s previous books and
an investigation of how an end to mourning requires nothing less than a different
ontology of life and death." – William Rowe

Rob Halpern's books include Common Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015) and Music
for Porn (Nightboat Books, 2012). His chapbook called Touching Voids in Sense was
just published by Veer Books in London. He lives between San Francisco and
Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Huron
Valley Women’s Prison.

Wednesday, October 4, 7pm
Urban Reinventions: San Francisco’s Treasure Island
with editors Lynn Horiuchi and Tanu Sankalia

Urban Reinventions, cover

San Francisco’s Treasure Island—a man-made, disconnected island built in 1937—
has a fascinating history, one that has paradoxically been central to the city’s urban
ambitions. Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, the 400-acre island was
constructed out of dredged bay mud in a remarkable feat of Depression-era civil
engineering by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Urban Reinventions demonstrates how a single site may be interpreted in multiple
ways: as a world’s fair site, military installation, a semi-derelict relic of past lives, a
toxic site of nuclear waste, and a future eco-city and major real estate development.
The volume offers a wide spectrum of critiques of race, imperialism, gendered
Orientalism, military land use, property capital, new-eco cities, sustainability, and
waste as a byproduct of development.

Saturday, October 7, 7pm
Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin w/ Marshall Trammell
In Performance

Tongo Eisen-Martin and Marshall Trammell

Tongo Eisen-Martin in collaboration with drummer/composer and writer Marshall
Trammell, of the duo Black Spirituals, in a first-time improvised duo performance at
The Green Arcade. This event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center at SF State.

Tongo Eisen-Martin, a movement worker and educator who has organized against
mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United
States, has taught in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California
county jails. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-
American Studies at Columbia University. His first full-length book of poems,
Someone’s Dead Already (Bootstrap Press), was nominated for a California Book
Award. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-
determination in Jackson, Mississippi. His second book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, is
the latest from City Lights Books’ venerable Pocket Poets series.

Marshall R. Trammell is the founder and Chief Investigator of Music Research
Strategies, an interdisciplinary artist performing-ethnomusicology, political
education, and social engagement platform working with video, sound, music, text,
geography, and data collection environments. Trammell's work combines re-
imaginings of ‘narratives of fugitivity,’ tactical media and solidarity economics of the
Underground Railroad for today’s political landscape. Trammell is the percussionist
in Black Spirituals, an interdisciplinary, electro-acoustic artist collective.

Tuesday, October 10, 7pm
Jon Golinger author of
Saving San Francisco's Heart:
How to win elections, reclaim our city, and keep SF a
special place

Saving San Francisco's Heart, cover

The first book published by Bay Guardian Books is an action manual for the
resistance by longtime San Francisco public interest advocate & attorney Jon

Saturday, October 14
LitQuake’s LitCrawl!
The Green Arcade is hosting two events during LitCrawl

LitQuake's LitCrawl

Phase 1 (5-6 pm)
Beyond Boundaries: Mapping the Narrative

Mirabel Street Writers in the Mission invites you to board the omnibus. Nightingales
and runaways lead you through emotional dives and dangerous districts.

Featuring: David Jefferies, Sari Kossowsky, Cynthia Kreuz-Uhr, Richard
Schwarzenberger, William Torphy

Phase 2 (6.30-7.30 pm)

BentBoyBooks, home to experimental writing that transgresses expectations,
delights in sensation and awakens language anew, presents innovative new work.

Featuring: Drew Cushing, Jan Johnson Drantell, Pam Martin, Ronald Palmer

Sunday, October 15, 7pm
@ The 3rd Floor, McRoskey Mattress Co.
1687 Market Street (at Gough), San Francisco

Authors Dennis Cooper and Eileen Myles

Dennis Cooper and Eileen Myles

$10 admission
$5 low income, free to SFSU students & Poetry Center members
Hosted by McRoskey Mattress Co., co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The
Green Arcade,
in conjunction with Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today

Directly following the Communal Presence conference, Friday–Sunday Oct 13–15 at
UC Berkeley and aligned venues on both sides of the Bay, we are very pleased to be
hosting a duo reading by versatile and renowned writers Dennis Cooper and Eileen
Myles, at McRoskey Mattress Co.’s 3rd floor loft space in San Francisco.

Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. Their twenty books
include Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of the novel Cool for You, I Must
Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient
of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant,
four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016, Myles
received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing.
Currently they teach at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa TX and New

Dennis Cooper is the author of nine novels including the five-volume George Miles
Cycle (1989–2000, Grove Press), and The Marbled Swarm (2012, Harper Perennial).
His most recent books are three volumes of fiction composed of animated GIFs,
including the GIF novels Zac's Freight Elevator (2016) and Zac's Haunted House
(2015), and the short GIF works collection Zac's Control Panel (2015), all from
Kiddiepunk Press. With the visual artist Zac Farley, he has made two feature films,
Like Cattle Towards Glow (2015) and Permanent Green Light (forthcoming in
2018). Since 2004, he has written the texts for the works of the French theater
director Gisele Vienne. He lives in Paris and Los Angeles.

Tuesday, October 17, 7pm
The War and Environment
with Editor Gar Smith

War and the Environment Reader, cover

The War and Environment Reader
provides a critical analysis of the devastating consequences of "war on the environment" with perspectives drawn from a wide array of diverse voices and global perspectives. The contributors include scores of writers and activists, many with first-hand field experience of war's impacts on nature. Authors include: Medea Benjamin, Helen Caldicott, Marjoie Cohn, Daniel Ellsberg, Robert Fisk, Ann Jones, Michael Klare, Winona LaDuke, Jerry Mander, Margaret Mead, Vandana Shiva, David Swanson, Jody Williams and S. Brian Willson.
Published by Just World Books

Wednesday, October 18, 7pm
The End of the World Literary Cabaret
First in an Erratic & Irregular Series

End of the World Literary Cabaret


Sam J. Miller
Author of The Art of Starving, queer Young Adult novel (HarperTeen)

Juliette Torrez
Editor of Kapow! Poetry and Comix, and author of Madness and
Retribution (Manic D Press)

Michelle Gonzales
Author or The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk
Band (PM Press)

Tomas Moniz
Author of Rad Dad & Bellies and Buffaloes (PM Press, Black Hill Press)

Sunday, October 22, 6pm
Poet Aaron Shurin
introduces his new book from Entre Ríos Books

Flowers & Sky: Two Talks, cover

Flowers & Sky: Two Talks
brings together two lectures and a suite of unpublished
poems by one of our finest lyric poets. These intimate talks use Shurin’s own work
to illustrate the power and practice of image-making at the deepest level.

Aaron Shurin is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose, most recently The
Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks by University of Michigan
Press (2016) and Citizen by City Light Books (2012). A master of the prose poem,
his career could be considered a love letter to San Francisco and the gay community

Sunday, November 19
The 4th Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair

Howard Zinn Book Fair

The Green Arcade is on the organing committee.
If you would like to support our fund drive, please go here.
Many thanks, and see you there!


Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Nonstop Metropolis, A New York Atlas

Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capitol of capitalism , culture, immigration, and more.

 Contributors: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman. Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna

 Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA

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