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 22, 7pm
Seth Donnelly and Pierre Labossiere Discuss Haiti
and The Lie of Global Prosperity: How Neolilberals
Distort Data to Mask Poverty and Exploitation

Lif e of Global Prosperity, cover

Seth Donnelly's new book The Lie of Global Prosperity: How Neolilberals Distort Data to Mask Poverty and Exploitation deconstructs the assumption that global poverty has fallen dramatically, and lays bare the spurious methods of poverty measurement and data on which the dominant prosperity narrative depends. Donnelly analyzes just how global poverty, rather than being reduced, is reproduced by the imperatives of capital accumulation on a global scale. Just as global environmental catastrophes cannot be resolved within capitalism, rooted as it is in mechanisms of exploitation and plunder, neither can human poverty be effectively eliminated by neoliberal “advances.”

Seth Donnelly is a public school teacher and long-time radical activist. He will be speaking about The Lie of Global Prosperity and discussing the current situation in Haiti (a primary focus of his book) with Pierre Labossiere of the Bay Area-based Haiti Action Committee.

Monday, October 28, 7pm
Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism
With contributors Linda Hess, Hilton Obenzinger,  Henri Picciotto, Cecilie Surasky and Jordan Wilson-Daizell

Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism, cover


In this powerful collection of personal narratives, forty Jews of diverse backgrounds tell a wide range of stories about the roads they have traveled from a Zionist world view to activism in solidarity with Palestinians and Israelis striving to build an inclusive society founded on justice, equality, and peaceful coexistence.

Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism will be controversial.  Its contributors welcome the long overdue public debate.  They want to demolish stereotypes of dissenting Jews as 'self-hating,' traitorous, and anti-Semitic.  They want to introduce readers to the large and growing community of Jewish activists who have created organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace, If Not Now, and Open Hillel. They want to strengthen alliances with progressives of all faiths. Above all, they want to nurture models of Jewish identity that replace ethnic exclusiveness with solidarity, Zionism with a Judaism once again nourished by a transcendent ethical vision.

Linda Hess is senior lecturer emerita in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University.  

Sydney Levy,
a queer Latinx, is a co-coordinator of the caucus of Jews of Color, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews in solidarity with Palestine, and a steering committee member of both the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights and the Global Jewish Network in Solidarity with Palestine.

Hilton Obenzinger
is a recipient of the American Book Award. His books include This Passover and the Next I Will Never Be in Jerusalem (1980), American Palestine: Melville, Twain, and the Holy Land Mania (1999), and Treyf Pesach (2017). He is currently Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford University.

Henri Picciotto
served on the JVP Board of Directors from 2002 to 2009 and chaired it for much of that period.   He has authored or co-authored many books and articles on math education.

Cecilie Surasky
has worked as a professional communicator in a variety of social justice movements, and her film work and political analysis has been featured in film festivals and news outlets all over the world.

Jordan Wilson-Dalzell
is a queer poet writing about intersections of disability, feminism, Judaism, survivorhood and social justice; her next poetry book, Baptism by Flame, will be about finding a home in Judaism that reflects her values.

Friday, November 8, 7pm
The Poetry Center at SF State Presents:
Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series:
Cardboard House Press/Cartonera Collective:
Giancarlo Huapaya, Omar Pimienta, & José Antonio Villarán

The Poetry Center at SF State's Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series welcomes Giancarlo Huapaya, Omar Pimienta, and José Antonio Villarán—all three poets involved in the outstanding literary small publisher Cardboard House Press , dedicated to work in translation from Latin America and Spain, and its offshoot, Cartonera Collective, "a team of book makers devoted to the production of bilingual book art from Latin American authors." For this occasion, Tripwire Journal will be producing a new Cardboard House/Cartonera Collective volume in its Tripwire Pamphlet Series!

Giancarlo Huapaya (Lima, Peru) has published three collections of poetry, most recently, Taller Sub Verso (Sub Verse Workshop) (2011, 2013).  He is Founder and Editor of Cardboard House Press.

Omar Pimienta is a writer/artist who lives and works in the San Diego / Tijuana border region His work as a visual artist has been recently shown, at the 3ème Biennale Internationale de l'Art Contemporain de Casablanca Maroc, and was part of the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time LA/LA.

Jose Antonio Villarán (parent/writer/teacher) is the author of two books of poetry: la distancia es siempre la misma (Matalamanga, 2006) & el cerrajero (Album del Universo Bakterial, 2012) and is creator of the AMLT project, an exploration of hypertext literature and collective authorship.

Monday, November 11, 7pm
Editor John Mink talks about his book
Teaching Resistance

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Teaching Resistance is a collection of the voices of activist educators from around the world who engage inside and outside the classroom from pre-kindergarten to university and emphasize teaching radical practice from the field. Written in accessible language, this book is for anyone who wants to explore new ways to subvert educational systems and institutions, collectively transform educational spaces, and empower students and teachers alike to fight for genuine change.

John Mink is a social studies teacher who has worked at the high school and adult school levels and refuses to hide his political radicalism from his students. He has been a contributing writer and editor for underground publications and zines including Slingshot, Absolutely Zippo, and Collapse Board. Editor of the Maximum Rocknroll monthly column “Teaching Resistance” and a vocalist/bassist for several internationally recognized punk bands, John lives in Berkeley, California, with his partner Megan March, who is also his bandmate in the truewave/punk group Street Eaters.

Wednesday, November 13, 7pm
10th Anniversary Party for Wherever There Is 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.

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.

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

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

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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

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