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)

Friday, February 21, 7pm
The San Francisco Poetry Center’s Common Writers Series
with Poets Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto  

Poets Jennifer Batlett and Denise Leto

The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series opens 2020 with a program featuring two remarkable poet/writers, each with significant work in disability poetics and activism. This event, with Jennifer Bartlett and Denise Leto, is supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

Jennifer Bartlett was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of her work, Nathaniel Tarn writes, “Jennifer Bartlett has created not a new form of surrealism, nor of magical realism, but a kind of supernal realism which leaves room for dreams, visions, and angels as well as the panoplies of both country and urban life.” She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and she works part-time in the Office of the President of New York City Transit. Here she works with a team on bringing accessibility to the New York City transit system. In addition to being a poet and writer, she is an activist for people with disabilities throughout New York.

Denise Leto is a multidisciplinary poet, writer, editor, and dance dramaturge. She wrote the book of poetry for the collaborative dance performance Your Body is Not a Shark, exploring feminist embodiment, voice, and disability poetics.  Denise is a member of Olimpias, an international disability performance collective. Her current project is an ecopoetic exploration of the San Francisco Bay. New poems are forthcoming in Quarterly West and Rogue Agent.

Thursday, March 5, 7pm
Poet Sarah Menefee reads from her new book, Cement
with special guest poet/artist Boadiba

Cement, cover

San Francisco poet and homeless activist Sarah Menefee’s latest, voices from the streets and of comrade angels; along with Haitian-born poet and performer Boadiba, with her thrilling poetry, storytelling and ritual: A lively evening is expected!
Sunday, March 15, 6pm
Aaron Shurin Launches His New Poetry Book
The Blue Absolute  

The Blue Absolute, cover

The Blue Absolute’s prose poems are hot boxes of lyrical language combusting with daily life. People move and think amidst a flurry of dots and dashes in a constant shift of perspective and action—urban and pastoral, highly figured and fragmented, grieving and dreaming—each poem a compressed but fluid zone of almost psychedelic intensity. The book closes with “Shiver,” an American epic, at once a lament for and vision of a great city on the edge: San Francisco past, present, and future.

Published by Nightboat Books.

Friday, April 3, 7pm
with Jeanne Heuving, Eleni Stecopoulos and Susan Gevirtz

Mood Indigo, cover

Jeanne Heuving
’s latest book is Mood Indigo, selva oscura press (2019) and she is the co-editor, along with Tyrone Williams, of Inciting Poetics: Thinking and Writing Poetry (Recencies Series, University of New Mexico Press, 2019.
Eleni Stecopoulos is the author of Visceral Poetics (ON Contemporary Practice, 2016), Armies of Compassion (Palm Press, 2010), and Daphnephoria (Compline, 2012)
Susan Gevirtz is the author of seven books of poetry, including Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger, Thrall, and Hourglass Transcripts. Her critical works include Narrative Journey: The Fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson and Coming Events (Collected Writings)

Tuesday, April 7, 7pm
Chris Carlsson Presents His New Book
Hidden San Francisco:
A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes & Radical Histories

Hidden San Francisco, cover

Hidden San Francisco is a guidebook like no other. Chris Carlsson (of Shaping San Francisco and Foundsf fame) peels back the layers of San Francisco’s history to reveal a storied past: behind old walls and gleaming glass facades lurk former industries, secret music and poetry venues, forgotten terrorist bombings, and much more. Carlsson delves into the Bay Area’s long prehistory, examining the region’s geography and the lives of its inhabitants before the 1849 Gold Rush changed everything, setting in motion the clash between capital and labor that shaped the modern city. Including maps, walking guides and bike routes, this vibrant guide brings to life the streets and hills of today’s San Francisco, from the perspective of the students and secretaries, longshoremen and waitresses who shaped its radical past.

The history of San Francisco I've been waiting for. It not only reorients our conceptions of the past, it gives us walking tour itineraries so we can viscerally experience how we are participants in the region's remaking.' Sean Burns, author of Archie Green: The Making of a Working Class Hero.


Cinderella Liberator
Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Drowned River, cover

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