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)

Tuesday, October 16, 7pm
Gayle McLaughlin Talks About Her New Book
Winning Richmond: How a Progressive Alliance Won City Hall

Winning Richmond, cover

Gayle McLaughlin just ran as a corporate-free candidate for Lt. Governor and was endorsed by Bernie Sanders. She has now released her new memoir, Winning Richmond: How a Progressive Alliance Won City Hall.  

In this inspirational recounting of Gayle's 14 years as a co-founder of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, a city council member and two-term mayor, we can all learn many valuable lessons about activism, electoral politics, and against all odds, WINNING.

A Bay Area city long ruled by its huge Chevron oil refinery became an award winning “Green & Clean” community. How did they do it? They won City Hall thanks to the power of the people, who organized a progressive alliance on the grassroots level to seize political power and to fight entrenched corporate interests, inspired by the wisdom of the original Americans who first settled in the Bay area.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
- Native American proverb

Gayle McLaughlin was at the center of that long-term struggle, organizing meetings, going door-to-door campaigning for City Council and eventually, serving as Mayor of Richmond, California. This is her story. This is Richmond’s story.   

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

LitQuake  2018

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.    

Mirabel Street Writers: The Annotated Hammock

With authors: David Jefferies, Sari Kossowksy, Cynthia Kreuz-Uhr, Richard Schwarzenberger, William Torphy

Join Mirabel Street Writers group to investigate place and perception, from James Wright lying in a hammock at William Duffy's farm, to Emily Dickinson's celestial arc, from elevated haikus, to rocking the narrative of (dis)belief. Experience the text as body anchored and memory suspended. Got two trees in mind and an hour to spare? Suspend your astral body and dream with us.

Perfectly Queer Reading Series

With authors Michael Alenyikov, Nona Caspers, and Margo Perin

The Perfectly Queer Reading Series began in 2016 bringing queer-identified authors into local independent bookstores.

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

M NourbeSe Philip

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 Pinocchio T-Shirt
designed by Gent Sturgeon, worn by Magisaurus

A mere $18 dollars!

by Gent Sturgeon

Sandy Florian

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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