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)

In conjunction with LaborFest 2019:
Sunday, July 21, 5pm
Author Jen Schradie discusses her new book
The Revolution That Wasn’t:
How Digital Activism Favors Conservatives

Revolution That Wasn't, cover

This surprising study of online political mobilization shows that money and organizational sophistication influence politics online as much as off, and casts doubt on the democratizing power of digital activism.
The internet has been hailed as a leveling force that is reshaping activism. From the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, digital activism seemed cheap, fast, and open to all. Now this celebratory narrative finds itself competing with an increasingly sinister story as platforms like Facebook and Twitter―once the darlings of digital democracy―are on the defensive for their role in promoting fake news. While hashtag activism captures headlines, conservative digital activism is proving more effective on the ground.

In conjunction with LaborFest 2019:
Sunday, July 28, 5pm

Mitchell Cohen talks about his new book
The Fight Against Monsanto's Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides

The fight Against Monsanto's Roundup, not the cover

Last year, former Benicia Unified School District groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson won a settlement for the cancer he got as a result of using Round Up produced by Monsanto, which was bought by Bayer. The herbicide glyphosate has caused cancer in workers and members of our community at large. In the trial it was discovered that Monsanto had conspired to keep medical information secret which showed this was a dangerous substance, and Johnson’s likely death will be the result of their negligence in pursuit of profits. Cohen looks at the politics behind the pesticide chemical industry, and why it is not being held accountable.

The San Francisco Labor Council this year also passed a resolution calling on the California Attorney General to remove “Round Up” from the shelves in California.

Special appearance by Juror #4 from the landmark verdict against Monsanto in the trial with the Benicia School District Groundskeeper with terminal cancer.

Sunday, August 4, 5pm
Marc Huestis regales with readings from his long-awaited memoir
Impresario of Castro Street

Impresario of Castro Street, cover

Huestis’ book covers 45 years of San Francisco gay history, starting in 1974 working with the fabled theatre group Angels of Light, his volatile relationship with Harvey Milk, co-founding Frameline (now the oldest and largest LGBTQ Film Festival in the world), creating first generation AIDS docs in the ’80s and ’90s including his award-winning Sex Is…, and producing over two decades of legendary Castro extravaganzas feting such stars as Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller, Jane Russell, Karen Black, Patty Duke, and John Waters.  Fasten your seatbelts…

Wednesday, August 21, 7pm
The End of the End of the World Literary Café Presents:
Benjamin Heim Shephard and Lynn Breedlove

Hosted by James Tracy, author of Dispatches Against Displacement (AK Press), Hillbilly Nationalists (Beacon Press) and the forthcoming (with Hilary Moore) No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements (City Lights)

Illuminations on Market St, cover
Illuminations on Market Street is a heartbreaking, bitterly funny, and revelatory look back at a time of crisis in San Francisco, at the height of the AIDS epidemic. This roman à clef proves the personal is political. It was written with great insight and punishing honesty by veteran social justice and queer activist Benjamin Heim Shepard. The writer of several nonfiction books about politics and the counterculture, Shepard mined the contents of a personal journal from 30 years ago to create a slightly fictionalized saga of a city under siege and the souls in freefall who populated it.
45 Thought Crimes (Manic D Press) is Lynn Breedlove’s new book about spirituality for skeptics, in the body of the beloved. It's church at a punk show, a letter to bees, a map in a crisis, a guidebook to histories, to love in a riot. Compassionate table flipping, commitment to the tactile, a swipe at the inevitable. Breedlove is also the author of the novel Godspeed, singer for the bands Tribe 8 / Homobiles / Commando, and writer/performer of Lynnee Breedlove's One Freak Show. His work won him the 2012 Harvey Milk LGBT Club Award for Activism.

Sunday, October 6, 5pm
with Alan Bernheimer and Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Alan Bernheimer and Julian Talamantez Brolaski, reading

Alan Bernheimer’s latest collection of poetry is From Nature (Cuneiform Press, 2019). Recent work has appeared at Across the Margin and at SFMOMA’s Open Space and in The Equalizer, The Delineator, and Hambone. The Spoonlight Institute was published by Adventures in Poetry in 2009. Born and raised in Manhattan, he has lived in the Bay Area since the 1970s. He produces a portrait gallery of poets reading on flickr. His translation of Philippe Soupault’s memoir, Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, was published by City Lights in 2016.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books, 2017), Advice for Lovers (City Lights, 2012), gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), and coeditor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press/Belladonna Books, 2009). Its pronoun is it. It is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the country bands Juan & the Pines (NYC) and The Western Skyline (Oakland). Brolaski is currently researching and editing The Apache Pollen Path (University of New Mexico Press, 2020), a book on Mescalero Apache ceremony, with its grandmother, Inés Talamantez.

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.

The Howard Zinn Book Fair features vendors from many small presses and community groups, hosting dozens of workshops, readings, panels and performances and is accepting session proposals until July 15th at  We welcome all proposals that reflect Howard Zinn’s legacy of “A People’s History”.


Cinderella Liberator
Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Drowned River, cover

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