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

Check out the nice notice about The Green Arcade in The Bold Italic

(All events are free unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, October 14, 7pm
Satellites in the High Country:
Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man

with author Jason Mark

In Satellites in the High Country, journalist and adventurer Jason Mark travels beyond the bright lights and certainties of our cities to seek wildness wherever it survives. These expeditions to the edges of civilization's grid show us that, although our notions of pristine nature may be shattering, the mystery of the wild still exists — and in fact, it is more crucial than ever.
"Jason Mark is a great person to share an adventure with, whether out on the Arctic tundra or on the page. Satellites in the High Country is an engrossing exploration of the ever-evolving definition of what is 'wild' in America which often reveals as much about us as it does about wilderness in the twenty-first century." --Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

"In Satellites in the High Country, gripping accounts of outdoor journeys are linked with provocative thinking about the meaning of wildness in an increasingly human-controlled world. Jason Mark ably continues the writing style and themes of legends such as John Muir and Edward Abbey." --Roderick Frazier Nash, author of Wilderness and the American Mind.

Jason Mark's writings on the environment have appeared in The New York Times,, The Nation, and, among many other publications. He is the longtime editor of Earth Island Journal, a quarterly magazine, and a co-founder of San Francisco's largest urban farm.  

For more, visit

Saturday, October 17, 6pm
Lit Crawl invades the Arcade, part of Litquake 2015
Community Memoir Project: There Goes the Neighborhood

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Writers from Oakland’s rapidly gentrifying Temescal neighborhood read true stories from their new anthology, Subject to Change, part of the Community Memoir Project’s memoir series. With Regina Bediako, Sara Felder, Frances Lefkowitz, Michelle McAfee, Byron Spicer, Carolina Vasquez Defago and Emily Wick.

More information HERE.

Thursday Oct. 22, 7pm
Ithuriel’s Spear Press and The Green Arcade Present
Book Launch for Dear Reader, with author Robin Tremblay-McGraw and special guest Jim Brashear.

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San Francisco poet, literary critic, educator, librarian, blogger and longtime resident Robin Tremblay-McGaw presents a carefully crafted selection of poems which "discovers a contrapuntal history in the displacements of (gendered) language" (Robert Glück), and which brings to the reader's table "a great delectable feast of a book" (Laura Moriarty).

Robin will read and sign books. Refreshments will be served

Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm
Meet David Talbot, Author of the New Explosive Bestseller
The Devil's Chessboard:
 Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

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Join us for a reception and signing with the author of Season of the Witch.

Sunday, November 15, 10-6pm, FREE

The 2nd Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair:
A Celebration of People's History: Past, Present and Future

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Click on image above for full poster.

At 1125 Valencia, City College of SF, Mission Campus

Full details at the Howard Zinn Bookfair WEBSITE

November 24, 7pm
Nightboat Books Presents
Poets Cole Swensen, Orlando White, Gabriella Klein & John Sakkis

More info to come.

Wednesday, December 2, 7pm
The Green Arcade’s Holiday Fandango:
Say “Cheese” and then say “Negroni”

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With Gordon Edgar, author of Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Most Iconic Cheese, and what it can tell us about our history, cultural identity, and food politics and J.K. Dineen, author of High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco, The Best Places to Imbibe in San Francisco.

About Cheddar:
“Gordon Edgar’s latest work, Cheddar, is a lively story of this much-maligned but iconic cheese. No longer will I quickly pass over the large blocks of golden cheddar. Edgar has traveled the country unearthing the historic roots of cheddar, from the artisan clothbound wheels to the mass-produced blocks of commodity cheese, and writes with wit and humor.”--Kurt Timmermeister, author of Growing a Farmer

Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge loves cheese and worker-owned co-ops, and has been combining both of these infatuations as the cheese buyer for San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery Cooperative since 1994.

About High Spirits:
“From Vesuvio to the Silver Crest, Sam Jordan’s to the Twin Peaks, Dineen unearths the rollicking, poignant and hilarious stories that lurk behind the swinging doors. High Spirits is a righteous pour from the top shelf.”
—Gary Kamiya, author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

J. K. Dineen is a metro reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle.


The SF Public Press
Latest Print Edition is One Dollar.
SF Public Press website

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:

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A mere $18 dollars!

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

The Green Arcade

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

Open Mon - Sat, 12-8
Sunday 12-7

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