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)

Sunday, September 9, 5pm
Gary Gach presents his new book
Pause, Breathe, Smile:
Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough

Pause, Breathe, Smile, cover
photo: Angela Beske

Gary points out that just because our eyes are open doesn’t mean we’re awake. He invites us to shift from our “auto-pilot” approach to life, to a manner of living fully, moment-to-moment. Drawing upon his 50 plus years’ practice and his experience teaching in the tradition of beloved Vietnamese Zenmaster Thich Nhat Hanh, his is a candid, caring, down-to-earth voice, a guide through the many profound, holistic benefits of pausing ... breathing ... smiling.

Gary Gach is a writer, mystic, and lifelong meditator who has engaged in many roles: actor, bookshop clerk, dishwasher, hospital admin, office temp, stevedore, teacher, and typographer. Lay-ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008, he has authored eight previous books including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism (Alpha, 2001). Gary lives in San Francisco.

Friday, September 14, 7pm
Insurgent Supremacists:
Who is the far-right, what do they want, and how to stop them

Insurgent Supremacists, cover

In this major new study, Matthew N. Lyons takes aim at rising neofascist threats and revolutionaries of the far right: neo-Nazis, Christian theocrats, Proud Boys, and the alt-right. Intervening directly in debates within left and antifascist movements, Lyons examines both the widespread use and abuse of the term “fascism,” and the relationship between federal security forces and the paramilitary right. He offers an analysis of the Trump presidential administration relationship with far-right politics and the organized far right’s shifting responses to it. This discussion on Insurgent Supremacists will provide powerful insight to understand the far-right and tools to resist the forces at the cutting edge of reaction today. Published by PM Press

Matthew N. Lyons has been writing about right-wing politics for over 25 years. His work focuses on the interplay between right-wing movements and systems of oppression, and responses to these movements by leftists, liberals, and the state. His work has appeared in the Guardian, New Politics, Socialism and Democracy, teleSUR, Upping the Anti, and other publications.

Saturday October 6, 7pm
In conjunction with the San Francisco Poetry Center

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta in Performance
participants tba

Supported by a grant from the Sam Mazza Foundation

Tuesday, October 9, 7pm
Victor Wallis talks about his new book
Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism

Published by Political Animal Press

“Finally, we have the definitive work on ecosocialism with Red-Green Revolution. Victor Wallis brings his brilliant editorial skills to writing a highly readable, compelling, and essential book, a must read for everyone who cares about the fate of the earth in this era of capitalist implosion with socialism no longer a possible alternative, but rather a requirement for survival.” - Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Wednesday, October 10, 7pm
Fan Shigang is back to talk about the new book
Strike to Survive: Workers' Resistance to Factory Relocations in China

In China, capitalist development since the 1980s has given rise to an enormous new industrial working class. In the vast export-processing zones along China's southeastern coast, countless so-called "migrant workers" or "peasant workers" from interior provinces eke out a living in innumerable factories. Through thirty-five years of struggle, they have gradually established a foothold as part of China's new industrial working class.

Saturday, October 20, 5-8pm
Lit Crawl hits The Arcade, Schedule TBA

One of the most anticipated literary nights of the year, San Francisco's Lit Crawl is a massive, one-night literary pub crawl throughout the city’s Mission District. Lit Crawl SF brings together 500+ authors and close to 10,000 fans for the world’s largest free pop-up literary event. Started in 2004, Lit Crawl cultivates a unique, resonant brand: smart and silly, worldly and wacky events presented in venues usual (bars, cafes, galleries, and bookstores) and unusual (police stations, tattoo parlors, barbershops, and laundromats).

The Green Arcade, while not technically in the Mission, is in the Hub, connecting the Mission, Upper Market, South of Market, Civic Center and Hayes Valley.    

Saturday, October 27, 7pm, Doors open 6:30, Free
At the 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market Street, SF.

M. NourbeSe Philip:
Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series

Owing to a generous gift from the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund, The Poetry Center very happily presents renowned poet, essayist, novelist and dramatist M. NourbeSe Philip, appearing as the first featured writer in the newly-launched Leslie Scalapino 21st Century Innovative Writers Series. Ms. Philip will read from her work and will respond to questions from the audience. This event is co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade, and is hosted by the McRoskey Mattress Co.

M. NourbeSe Philip, Tobago-born Afro-Canadian poet, writer, and lawyer—author of the extended poetry cycle Zong! (Wesleyan, 2011), and Blank: Essays & Interviews (Bookthug, 2018), among numerous other works—is recognized as a crucial poet of our collective history and our shared present time. She visits San Francisco from her home in Toronto, Ontario.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz talks about her latest book
Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment
Introduced by James Tracy

Loaded, cover and author photo

From the author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Loaded is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States.  From Daniel Boone and Jesse James, to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation. In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the myths of gun culture to expose the true historical origins of the Second Amendment, revealing the racial undercurrents connecting the earliest Anglo settlers with contemporary gun proliferation, modern-day policing, and the consolidation of influence of armed white nationalists. From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the "gun lobby," Loaded presents a people's history of the Second Amendment.

"Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's Loaded is like a blast of fresh air. She is no fan of guns or of our absurdly permissive laws surrounding them. But she does not merely take the liberal side of the familiar debate."—Adam Hochschild, The New York Review of Books

"Her analysis, erudite and unrelenting, exposes blind spots not just among conservatives, but, crucially, among liberals as well. . . . As a portrait of the deepest structures of American violence, Loaded is an indispensable book."
The New Republic

James Tracy writes on cities, hidden histories & social movements, and is the author of Dispatches Against Displacement & Hillbilly Nationalists


Drowned River
Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Drowned River, cover

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The Green Arcade

1680 Market Street @Gough
San Francisco CA 94102
(415) 431-6800

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Sunday 12-7

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