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, September 12, 4:30pm (Note Special Time)
Due to a death in the family, this event is canceled.
At the 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market Street, SF.
Donation $5 | Tickets at door

Robert Kennedy, Jr.
In Conversation with David Talbot

L: Robert F. Kennedy , Jr. | R: David Talbot

Who better than David Talbot, author of Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and  The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government, to sit down with Robert Kennedy, Jr. and talk about Bobby’s new book, American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family; about his recent visit with Sirhan B. Sirhan at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility; about the success this August as plaintiff attorney for Dwayne Johnson, a local school groundskeeper, against agri-giant Monsanto; and about whatever David, journalist and media man, might want to explore.    

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an American environmental attorney, author, and activist. He is president, Waterkeeper Alliance.

David Talbot was the founder, former CEO and editor-in-chief of Salon, and has worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine and a features editor for The San Francisco Examiner, and has written for Time magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The San Francesco Chronicle and other publications. He is the author of the bestseller The Season of the Witch:  Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love.

Saturday October 6, 7pm
In conjunction with the San Francisco Poetry Center

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta in Performance
In collaboration with Kyle Parker

Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta

A Nicaraguan Californian via Mexico raised both in Huntington Park and Highland Park neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta lives in a rent-controlled apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco. An artist, writer, reproductive justice activist, patient advocate, and lapsed full spectrum doula who supports themself through working at a neighborhood cafe and cleaning houses.

Supported by a grant from the Sam Mazza Foundation

Tuesday, October 9, 7pm
Victor Wallis talks about his new book
Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism

Red-Green Revolution, cover

Published by Political Animal Press

“Finally, we have the definitive work on ecosocialism with Red-Green Revolution. Victor Wallis brings his brilliant editorial skills to writing a highly readable, compelling, and essential book, a must read for everyone who cares about the fate of the earth in this era of capitalist implosion with socialism no longer a possible alternative, but rather a requirement for survival.” - Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Wednesday, October 10, 7pm
Fan Shigang is back to talk about the new book
Strike to Survive: Workers' Resistance to Factory Relocations in China

Strike to Survive, cover

In China, capitalist development since the 1980s has given rise to an enormous new industrial working class. In the vast export-processing zones along China's southeastern coast, countless so-called "migrant workers" or "peasant workers" from interior provinces eke out a living in innumerable factories. Through thirty-five years of struggle, they have gradually established a foothold as part of China's new industrial working class.

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

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

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Sunday 12-7

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