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)

Saturday, May 4, 7pm
Dmitry Samarov: A Talk, a Slide-show
Introduced by Ben Terrall, publisher of the cult 'zine
Namaste Motherfu**er

Demitry Samarov

Author and artist Dmitry Samarov talks about and shows slides of art from his new book Music to My Eyes. Samarov has written for The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, and more; in Music to My Eyes he turns his eye and pen towards the musical stage, sketching and describing a host of independent musicians he’s seen, crossed paths with, offered sofa space to, and taken out to breakfast over the course of the past few decades. From well-known names like Nick Cave and Mission of Burma to lesser-known greats like Bill MacKay and Condo Fucks, Samarov draws haunting portraits of artistry at the fringes of (and off the edges of) the mainstream, while also offering poignant and memorable essays not only about their work, but about musicianship and art, creativity and commerce—the perils of selling out, and the dangers of never doing so, and above all else, the thrill of creating something new. A love song and a lifer’s lament, Music to My Eyes is an exquisite tribute to the trials and triumphs of independent music. 

Dmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, USSR in 1970. He immigrated to the US with his family in 1978. He got in trouble in first grade for doodling on his Lenin Red Star pin and hasn't stopped doodling since.

He has exhibited his work in all manner of bars, coffeeshops, libraries, and even the odd gallery (when he's really hard up). He paints and writes in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Where To: A Hack Memoir.

Thursday, May 30, 7pm, doors open 6:15pm
At the McRoskey Mattress Loft, 1687 Market St.

He’s back! John Waters presents his new book
Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

Johen Waters Mr Know It All, cover

The Title Says It All!
Get Filthy—Punch and Chips Provided!

Tickets $10 or Free with Purchase of the Book from
The Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., SF
Advance Sales at The Green Arcade starting May 10.

No one knows more about everything—especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling—than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world’s great sophisticates, and in Mr. Know-It-All he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: “Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all.”

Hosted by the McRoskey Mattress Company

Sunday, June 2, 5pm
Poetry with Kit Robinson and James Sherry

tThought Balloon, Entangled Bank, covers

Kit Robinson’s newest book of poetry is Thought Balloon from Roof Books. Other works include Leaves of Class (Chax, 2017), Marine Layer (BlazeVOX, 2015), A Mammal of Style (with Ted Greenwald, Roof, 2013), Determination (Cuneiform, 2010), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2009) and more than 20 other books.

James Sherry is the publisher of Roof Books, and has published many books by Bay Area writers, including Brandon Brown, David Brazil, David Buuck, and Caleb Beckwith.

His recent books are Entangled Bank (Chax), an experiment in environmental poetics, and
The Oligarch (Palgrave Macmillan), a rewriting of Machiavelli that addresses current global politics. He will read from his current work-in-progress, Selfie.


Drowned River
Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Drowned River, cover

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

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Sunday 12-7

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