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)

Sunday, November 19
The 4th Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair

Howard Zinn Book Fair

The Green Arcade is on the organizing committee.
If you would like to support our fund drive, please go here.
Many thanks, and see you there!

Wednesday, November 29, 7pm
Poetry with Sarah Riggs, Kathleen Fraser and Norma Cole
Introductions by Susan Gevirtz

This reading grows out of friendship between the poets, an ever-evolving exploration of cross-overs between cultures and art forms, and the will to make language matter, however acrobatic at the edges and within the fragments of language.
Sarah Riggs is a poet, translator and visual artist living in Brooklyn, who works with poets and artists from France and Morocco. She will read from Letters Returned: Screams Sewn, a collaboration with Etel Adnan (Belladonna, 2017). Her books include Waterwork (Chax Press), Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck), and Pomme & Granite (1913 Presse)
Kathleen Fraser’s recent books include, Movable Tyype (Nightboat Books), Discrete Categories Forced into Coupling (Apogee), il cuore: the heart: Selected Poems 1970-1995 (Wesleyan). Fraser was co-founder and co-editor, with Beverly Dahlen and Frances Jaffer, later joined by Susan Gevirtz, of (HOW)ever  "a journal focused on innovative writing by contemporary women and neglected texts by American modernist women writers.” She divides her time between San Francisco and Rome.

Norma Cole is a poet, translator and visual artist living in the sanctuary city of San Francisco in the sanctuary state of California.  She will read from her forthcoming book Fate News (Omnidawn Fall 2018). Her books include Where Shadows Will (City Lights), Spinoza in her Youth, Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside, and is translator of the recent White Decimal by Jean Daive.  
Susan Gevirtz’s books of poetry include Hotel abc, Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger, Thrall, and Hourglass Transcripts. Her critical books are Narrative’s Journey: The fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson; and Coming Events (Collected Writings). She lives in San Francisco.
Wednesday, December 6, 7pm
Fingerprints on a Hunger Strike
Poet/Activist Tony Robles launches his new book

Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, cover

The hunger strike refers to the Frisco Five

San Francisco Arts Commission award-winning poet Tony Robles focuses on the Frisco Five’s hunger strike held in April and May 2016 in front of the Valencia Street cop shop, protesting police killings. Robles also speaks of incarceration with a unique eye within the lens that is Frisco. The continuing displacement and neglect of elderly and low-income residents in the face of property development build another topic of concern, emerging from the poet's great love of San Francisco and all its inhabitants. Kim Shuck, the current Poet Laureate of the City, maintains that "Robles does the work on the streets and on the pages" while he "speaks of the city as a relative with a life-threatening illness: with love and anger." Tony’s first book is Cool Don’t Live Here Anymore.
Saturday, December 9, 8PM
Postponed until January 2018. Watch this space for details.
The Return of Lars Mars and His Men

Lounge lizard Lars does an all Burt Bacharach set, with Durand Begault on keyboards and Mic Gendreau on drums: The Arcadian Winter Fête!

Wednesday, January 10, 7pm
Hilton Obenzinger talks about (among other things)
his new book: Treyf Pesach

Treyf Pesach, cover

Blasphemy is holy—and exciting, outrageous literature in Treyf Pesach (Unkosher Passover). Novelist Paul Auster declares that this book "strikes with all the force of an exploding bomb—because it speaks the truth." This collection of poems presents radical departures from traditional rituals, formats and conventions: alternative Passover Seders, Yom Kippur liturgy, Thanksgiving prayers, psalms and other poems in the form of proclamations, resolutions, jazz improvisations, incantations, rants, orations, comic monologues, oil spills, life spills, songs, visions, undocumented documents, borders, suns, farewells, minutes of meetings, talk-stories, and all accompanied by provocative drawings of Treyf Passover Seder plates by artist Charles Steckler. In this book the symbolic plate is arrayed with treyf (un-kosher food) and the story of the Exodus with untypical meanings, whiskey instead of wine, recounting the continual slavery of wars and military occupations. Hilton Obenzinger writes poetry, fiction, history, and criticism, and is the recipient of the American Book Award. According to poet Diane di Prima, "he is the American Jonathan Swift."

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Chris Kraus and Jackie Wang:
a reading and conversation
@ The 3rd Floor, McRoskey Mattress Factory
co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade

As part of The Poetry Coalition's 2018 nationwide series of public programs on The Body
Chris Kraus’s novel I Love Dick, written "in a delirium" and published in 1997, has been reawakened for longtime fans and new audiences alike with the adaptation of the book as an original television series by director Jill Soloway. Besides her four novels, she has written two books on contemporary art and culture, and created a dozen films between the 1980s and 90s. Founding editor, in 1990, of the Semiotext(e)/Native Agents series of books, Chris Kraus's newest work is After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography.

Jackie Wang’s book Carceral Capitalism is eagerly awaited from Semiotext(e), due early 2018. In this collection of essays, Wang examines the contemporary incarceration techniques that have emerged since the 1990s.  New carceral modes have blurred the distinction between the inside and outside of prison. As technologies of control are perfected, carcerality tends to bleed into society.

Jackie Wang is a student of the dream state, a black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, performer, library rat, trauma monster and PhD student at Harvard University. She is the author of a number of punk zines.


Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Nonstop Metropolis, A New York Atlas

Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capitol of capitalism , culture, immigration, and more.

 Contributors: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman. Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna

 Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA

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