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)

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.

Friday, November 7, 7:15 pm
A Poetry Reading
with Teresa K. Miller and Stephanie Young

Teresa K. Miller is the author of sped (Sidebrow) and Forever No Lo (Tarpaulin Sky Press).  She received her MFA from Mills College and was a writer-in-residence at San Francisco's Sanchez Annex Grotto for three years.  Her poems have appeared in ZYZZYVA, DIAGRAM, Coconut, and elsewhere.

Stephanie Young lives and works in Oakland. Her most recent book is Ursula or University. Other poetry includes Picture Palace and Telling the Future Off. With Juliana Spahr, she edited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism. She edited the anthology Bay Poetics, and is managing editor of Deep Oakland.

Tuesday, November 11, 7pm
F.S. Rosa launches her new book
Lunch at the Muqata'a

"From behind the Separation Wall in Palestine, F.S. Rosa brings an exquisitely observed account of the travails of life under occupation. An important work of journalistic reportage, this is at the same time a riveting story by a writer with an eye for lyrical detail and telling irony". – Khalil Bendib, Political Cartoonist; co-host, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, KPFA 94.1 FM

"F.S. Rosa nails it again, weaving strands of razor sharp analysis and surreal observation. Lunch at the Muqata’a captures the complexity of international solidarity work in Palestine with humor, sadness, and appreciation for the myriad contradictions. All the while hovering above, is the imperative that as a citizen of the world we all bear witness and responsibility." – Susan Greene, PhD, Director: Art Force

"Join F.S. Rosa for 'Lunch' a feast of 'Internationals' come to interpose their bodies between violence and Palestinian Steadfastness, of Arafat at the end of his days sipping tea and possible poison, of young Palestinians trying to find life despite the whims of kid soldiers at checkpoints and settlers lording it over the land. "Lunch" keeps the reader at the table during one tense moment of the Second Intifada, as one course of insights after another is served up with quiet eloquence." –
Hilton Obenzinger, author of This Passover or the Next I will Never be in Jerusalem.

F. (Francesca) S. Rosa is a San Francisco author and activist. Her last book was The Divine Comedy of Carlo Tresca

Wednesday, November 19, 7pm
Raise: What 4-H Teaches Seven Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever
with author Kiera Butler

Raise masterfully combines vivid accounts from a little-known subculture with a broader analysis of agriculture education today, using 4-H as a lens through which to view the changing landscape of farming in America and the rest of the world. Lively, deeply informed, and perceptive in its analysis, Raise provides answers to complex questions about our collective concern over the future of food.

Kiera Butler is a senior editor at Mother Jones
, where she writes and edits stories about the environment, nutrition, health, and agriculture, including her award-winning column, Econundrums. Her piece about a dietitians’ convention sponsored by McDonald’s was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Kiera’s work through the Climate Desk collaboration has been published in the Atlantic‘s CityLab,, Slate, and Grist. Kiera lives in Oakland, California.

Sunday, November 23, 6pm
Noir Comedy
with authors Rob Brunet and Anonymous-9 [really]

LA-based Anonymous-9 and Toronto-based Rob Brunet are taking black comic crime on the road in California this November. The duo probe criminality for its comedic content in their recent book releases: Bite Harder and Stinking Rich

Bite Harder:
An angry paraplegic with an absurd sense of humor targets hit and run drivers in Los Angeles with the aid of a trained helper monkey.

“...a crazed noir excursion... funny, always entertaining.”
– T. Jefferson Parker, 3-time Edgar Award winner.

Stinking Rich: What could possibly go wrong when a backwoods biker gang hires a high school dropout to tend a barn full of high-grade marijuana? Plenty, it turns out. Drug money draws reprobates like moths to a lantern.

“Deviously funny”
Canadian Mystery Reviews.

Monday, December 1, 7pm
At the 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market St.
Author Philip Gefter talks about his new book
Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, A Biography

Wagstaff is probably best known posthumously as Mapplethorpe’s longtime lover, but he was a pivotal figure in his own right in art circles.  Essentially through his collection and curation of photography in the 70s and 80s, photography was finally treated as a high art in museums nationwide.  
“I just couldn't stop reading this book!…Sam Wagstaff was the ultimate collector—of talent, of beauty, of silver, of boys. He had everything: looks, taste, money. He almost invented the idea of photography as art, valuable art worth collecting. This is a book not only about the New York art scene of the 70s but also about an entire generation.” — Edmund White, author of Genet: A Biography

“Sam Wagstaff was a leonine figure who stood at the intersection of gay life and the art world and brought glamor and daring to both. Philip Gefter's eloquent biography captures the challenges and the thrills of this dramatic life. It is a smart, sexy biography of a brilliant, charismatic man; it is also a portrait of a time when our ideas of art and our attitudes toward sexuality were in extraordinary flux.”
— Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

$5.00 Entrance.

Thursday, December 11, 7pm
Photographer Michael Light presents his new book  
Introduced by Rebecca Solnit

Michael Light is a San Francisco-based artist focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively worldwide and collections include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others. For the last fifteen years, Light has aerially photographed over settled and unsettled areas of American space.
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of fifteen books about environment, landscape, community, art, politics, the power of stories, and hope. Her most recent titles are Men Explain Things to Me and The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness.

Thursday, December 4, 7pm
Joshua Russell Kahn co-editor of
A Line in the Tar Sands:
Struggles for Environmental Justice

Despite the formidable political and economic power behind the tar sands, many opponents are actively building international networks of resistance, challenging pipeline plans while resisting threats to Indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation. Including leading voices involved in the struggle against the tar sands, A Line in the Tar Sands offers a critical analysis of the impact of the tar sands and the challenges opponents face in their efforts to organize effective resistance.
“The tar sands has become a key front in the fight against climate change, and the fight for a better future, and it’s hard to overstate the importance of the struggles it has inspired.” --Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben

“The most important stories in the tar sands struggle are hidden by the media. This revelatory book tells of Canadian duplicity, Chinese capital, migrant workers, healing ceremonies, movement reflection and strategy, EU lobbying, the contradictions of NGO politics, Indigenous activism, and much more. The story of Greenhouse Goo is global. But so it its resistance: beautiful, complex, and rich.
A Line in the Tar Sands is drawn with hope and righteous anger, celebrating the cosmologies that the tar sands industry—and its politicians—would destroy.” —Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved

Joshua Kahn Russell is a core trainer, facilitator, and action coordinator with The Wildfire Project and the Ruckus Society. He currently serves as the Global Trainings Manager at, and has trained thousands of activists.

Tuesday, December 16, 7pm
Richard Loren talks about his memoir  
High Notes: A Rock Memoir, Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane through The Doors to the Grateful Dead

Richard Loren worked as Jerry Garcia’s personal manager and is a former agent and manager of the Grateful Dead. In his music business career, he also represented a wide variety of musical artists and other headline bands, most notably—The Doors and Jefferson Airplane.


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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
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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.

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