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

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(All events are free unless otherwise noted)

Thursday, October 9, 7pm
Joanne Diaz reads from her new book of poetry
My Favorite Tyrants

Winner of the 2014 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
The word "tyrant" carries negative connotations, but in this new collection, Joanne Diaz tries to understand what makes tyranny so compelling, even seductive. These dynamic, funny, often poignant poems investigate the nature of tyranny in all of its forms: political, cultural, familial, and erotic. Poems about Stalin, Lenin, and Castro appear beside poems about deeply personal histories. The result is a powerful exploration of desire, grief, and loss in a world where private relationships are always illuminated and informed by larger, more despotic forces.

Joanne Diaz is an assistant professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University. She is the author of an earlier collection of poems, The Lessons, and her poetry has appeared in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other publications.

Wednesday, October 15, 7pm

Monica Nolan Presents her latest pulp
Dolly Dingle, Lesbian Landlady

The latest installment in the Lesbian Career Girl series.

Learn more about the author!

Thursday, October 16, 7pm
The San Francisco Poetry Center and The Green Arcade Present:
Dawn Lundy Martin and Anne Lesley Selcer in a
Reading and Book Party for from A Book of Poems on Beauty

from A Book of Poems on Beauty was selected by Dawn Lundy Martin as the winner of the Gazing Grain Press 2014 feminist chapbook contest for poetry/hybrid manuscripts. The work is an ongoing, research based project which has produced poems, essays and video.

Anne Lesley Selcer recently served as a columnist for SFMoma's Open Space and has one book, Banlieusard, commissioned by Artspeak gallery. Writing had been anthologized in NW Edge III: the end of reality, The Physics of Context, The Feeling is Mutual: A list of our fucking demands, and most recently in It's night in San Francisco, but it's sunny in Oakland.

Dawn Lundy Martin, an essayist and award-winning poet, is author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press 2007), winner of the Cave Canem Prize; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for both Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award; Candy, a limited edition letterpress chapbook (Albion Books 2011); The Main Cause of the Exodus (O'clock Press 2014); and The Morning Hour, selected by C.D. Wright for the 2003 Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship.

Martin is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group of three. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Saturday, October 18, 6-7pm

LIT CRAWL 2014 --a Lit Crawl SlamFest at the Arcade
Pierced! Poets Take Aim from Ithuriel's Spear

Ithuriel's Spear is an independent press publishing poetry, fiction and translations.  Writers read from new work and from past publications:

Lewis Brown: Debris
John Norton:  Air Transmigra
William Torphy:  Love Never Always
RICHARD TAGETT: Demodulating Angel
LEWIS ELLINGHAM: The Birds & Other Poems

Lit Crawl is a one-night multi-venue reading event sponsored by
Lit Quake, San Francisco's literary festival

Tuesday, October 28, 7pm

Jim Nisbet reads from his new book of poetry

Jim Nisbet's novels, plays, and poetry are part of a varied vitae that includes retro-futuristic carpentry and ten years with Berkeley's Blake Street Hawkeyes, the performance group that spawned Whoopi Goldberg. The Hayes Valley resident has published thirteen novels, including Snitch World and A Moment of Doubt, both published by The Green Arcade. Overlook Press has recently published The Spider's Cage, Death Puppet,  Old & Cold,  The Damned Don't Die, Lethal Injection, Prelude to a Scream, The Octopus on My Head and soon The Price of the Ticket.


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Latest Print Edition is One Dollar.
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California Northern: A New Regionalism
California Northern Magazine is a biannual publication exploring the region's cultures, environments, histories, and identities. It provides a rare California-based forum for exceptional essays, long-form journalism, literature, and photography. $6.95
NOW at The Green Arcade:

The Green Arcade Pinocchio T-Shirt
designed by Gent Sturgeon, worn by Magisaurus

A mere $18 dollars!

by Gent Sturgeon

Xavier Viramontes

Boycott Grapes silk screen printed and signed by the artist
Unframed $150.00

This poster, which was originally produced in the 1970s, played an important part in the Grape Boycott taking place at the time.  It is now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This is the first time it has been reproduced since that time.

Sandy Florian

Cover art by Gent Sturgeon, creator of The Green Arcade's logo.

The Green Arcade

1680 Market Street @Gough
San Francisco CA 94102
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