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)

Wednesday, November 13, 7pm
10th Anniversary Party for Wherever There's A Fight
with co-authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi   

Wherever There's A Fight, cover

We had a great and deep time for the release of the first edition of this book ten years ago, and this history of the gaining—and retaining—of civil rights in California could not be timelier. Join as we celebrate the process:  Wherever There's a Fight, 10th Anniversary Edition: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California.

Elaine Elinson was the communications director of the ACLU of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades. She is a coauthor of Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines, which was banned by the Marcos regime. Her articles have been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Poets and Writers, and numerous other periodicals.

Stan Yogi is also coauthor, with Laura Atkins, of the children’s book Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. He managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California for fourteen years and is the coeditor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California’s Great Central Valley and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, MELUS, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and several anthologies.

Thursday, November 14, 6-8pm
Location: San Francisco Camerawork 1101 Market Street - 2nd Floor

Michael Light will discuss his newest book
Lake Lahontan/Lake Bonneville with collaborators

Charles Hood and Leah Ollman

Lake Lahontan Lake Bonneville

Twelve thousand years ago most of the Great Basin––that part of the country between California and Utah where water does not drain to the ocean—was 900 feet underwater, covered by two vast and now largely evaporated historical lakes, Bonneville and Lahontan. The shrunken remnants of Lake Bonneville today are the Great Salt Lake in Utah and its eponymous salt flats, while the best known portion of the former Lake Lahontan is the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, an alkali bed that floods and dries each year, creating the flattest topography on earth, home to the annual counterculture festival Burning Man. Piloting his 600-pound aircraft at low elevations, Light explores this mythic space deeply and abstractly, finding in the emptiness as much evidence of our presence as absence—and revealing heretofore unseen palimpsests of vehicular and urban glyphics that come and go with the seasons.

 Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and his work has been collected by 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. His book Lake Lahontan/Lake Bonneville is the latest volume in his ongoing project Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West which journeys into the vast geological space and time of the Great Basin.

William L. Fox is a writer whose work is a sustained inquiry into how human cognition transforms land into landscape. His numerous nonfiction books rely upon fieldwork with artists and scientists in extreme environments to provide the narratives through which he conducts his investigations. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

Leah Ollman writes art criticism and features for The Los Angeles Times and Art in America magazine.

Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30pm
Love With Accountability: Digging Up The Roots of Child Sexual Abuse
with editor  Aishah Shahidah Simmons

Love WITH Accountability, cover

Despite the current survivor-affirming awareness around sexual violence, child sexual abuse, most notably when it’s a family member or friend, is still a very taboo topic. There are approximately 42 million child sexual abuse survivors in the U.S. and millions of bystanders who look the other way as the abuse occurs and cover for the harm-doers with no accountability. Documentary filmmaker and survivor of child sexual abuse and adult rape, Aishah Shahidah Simmons invites diasporic Black people to join her in transformative storytelling that envisions a world that ends child sexual abuse without relying on the criminal justice system. Love WITH Accountability features compelling writings by child sexual abuse survivors, advocates, and Simmons’s mother, who underscores the detrimental impact of parents/caregivers not believing their children when they disclose their sexual abuse. This collection explores disrupting the inhumane epidemic of child sexual abuse, humanely.

"With this brave and healing anthology of truth-telling about sexual abuse within Black families, Aishah Shahidah Simmons sets an example for all families. If we could all raise just one generation of children without violence or the threat of violence, who knows what might be possible?" —Gloria Steinem

These co-panelists (in alphabetical order) will join Simmons: Qui Alexander, Rosa Cabrera, Cecelia Falls, Thea Matthews, Loretta Ross and Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons.

Monday, December 2, 7pm (doors open 6:30)
McRoskey Mattress Company 3rd Floor Loft, 1687 Market St
(across from the Green Arcade)  

A celebration of the Life and work of David King:
Artist, Designer, Punk, Filmmaker

And a Book Release Party for his book STENCILS

Stencils, cover by David King

This long-overdue monograph features David King’s iconic stencil-only designs, starting with his legendary logo for the UK band Crass and continuing to the present day. Both the artist’s process and finished output are on display in this revealing collection, from the covered-in-layers-of-paint stencils themselves to the drawings and designs outlining the thought process and ultimately the final art. Many of these works used multiple stencils and colors to create one-off finished pieces that you’re likely to find only within the pages of this book.

David King grew up in post-war London and attended art school there between 1964-67. He worked as an art director for a decade thereafter, but left the commercial art world as he became more involved in creating music and confrontational graphics. He moved to New York and was commissioned to do graphics for clubs like Danceteria, Peppermint Lounge and also for The Museum of Modern Art. He joined the band Arsenal around this time. Eventually the band relocated to San Francisco, touring the West Coast extensively, changing its name to Sleeping Dogs and then finally Brain Rust. In the early 1990s, King attended the San Francisco Art Institute. Since that time, David King made short films, continued with his logo design for bands and record labels and has published a number of photo books.

David King Stencils

Sunday, December 8, 10am-6pm
The 6th Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair
City College San Francisco, 1125 Valencia Street

The theme of this year’s book fair is “Strike! Discovering Our Power.” We selected this theme to celebrate the ways in which everyday people discover their ability to work together and change the world.

More information at: Howard Zinn Book Fair

Friday, December 13 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
McRoskey Mattress Co., 3rd Floor Loft, 1687 Market Street
(across from The Green Arcade)

Kelsey St. Press, 45th Anniversary Celebration
with Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ching-In Chen & Andrea Abi-Karam

Kelsey St. Press 45th Anniversary Celebration

In conjunction with the Poetry Center at SF State

Tuesday, December 17, 8pm, Pre-Solstice Celebration
Matt Callahan & Yvonne Moore
Musical Release Party
Working Class Heroes, the book and the CD

Working Class Heroes, cover

Working Class Heroes is a collection of American working-class, pre–World War II folk songs revived by Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore. Here the duo presents 20 songs written both by folk canon heavyweights and lesser known but equally gifted songwriters. Both beautiful and emotionally arresting, the album is a collection of stories as much as songs—stories of the women and men who (sometimes literally) gave their lives to emancipate the working class.

Mat Callahan is a musician and author originally from San Francisco. Recent projects include the re-publication of Songs of Freedom by Irish revolutionary, James Connolly, the recording and publication of Working Class Heroes and the launch of Songs of Slavery and Emancipation. He is the author of five books including, in 2017, The Explosion of Deferred Dreams.

Yvonne Moore is a singer and band leader originally from Schaffhausen, Switzerland. In addition to recording numerous albums of her own music, Moore is co-founder and treasurer of the Association “Art in History and Politics.” The purpose of the Association is to discover, publish and popularize music, graphic art and texts created by participants in conflicts such as the struggle to abolish slavery. Her exploration of the songs of Sarah Ogan Gunning led to the making of Working Class Heroes.


Cinderella Liberator
Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Drowned River, cover

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