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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, December 2nd, 2018, 10am-6pm
2018 Howard Zinn Book Fair

2018 Howard Zinn Book Fair

CCSF Mission Campus, 1125 Valencia Street

The Fifth Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of people’s history, past, present and future. This year features more than 40 readings and more than 60 tables of exhibitors. We gather together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small. The Howard Zinn Book Fair is a non-sectarian left event that welcomes a wide variety of political left traditions.

This year's theme is Fighting for the Air We Breathe and will be the focus of a number of our readings. The effects of human-caused environmental devastation have become impossible to ignore. The land we live on, the water we drink, and the air we breathe are under threat by relentless fossil fuel extraction and the toxic byproducts of profit driven mass production. The suffocation of our natural world is paralleled in society at large.  Persistent poverty, racism and sexism are exacerbated by countless mass shootings, police violence, escalating wars, and the violence of an emboldened far right. While conventional politics often expect market forces or new technologies to solve the world’s problems, we know the real solutions will come from the collective action of everyday people, through the very struggles chronicled by historian Howard Zinn under the banner of “a People’s History.”

A donation of $5 is requested but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please join us for one of the highlights of the year for the Bay Area's political progressives. Take a look at the Howard Zinn Book Fair website for more details.

And please tell all your friends!

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Wednesday, December 5, 7pm
A talk with Žiga Vodovnik, author of
A Living Spirit of Revolt: The Infrapolitics of Anarchism

In conversation with Andrej Grubačić

Ziga Vodvnik, author photo

“The great contribution of Žiga Vodovnik is that his writing rescues anarchism from its dogma, its rigidity, its isolation from the majority of the human race. He reveals the natural anarchism of our everyday lives, and in doing so, enlarges the possibilities for a truly human society, in which our imaginations, our compassion, can have full play.”
—Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, from the Introduction
“Like Marx’s old mole, the instinct for freedom keeps burrowing, and periodically breaks through to the light of day in novel and exciting forms. That is happening again right now in many parts of the world, often inspired by, and revitalizing, the anarchist tradition that is examined in Žiga Vodovnik’s book.”

—Noam Chomsky, MIT
Žiga Vodovnik, PhD, is an associate professor of political science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His teaching and research focus on contemporary political theories and praxes, social movements in the Americas, and the history of political ideas.

Andrej Grubacic, photo
Andrej Grubačić

Andrej Grubačić is the author of Don't Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia and the preface to Noam Chomsky's Yugoslavia: Peace, War, and Dissolution
Saturday, December 8, 7:30pm
Michael Lally will read from and sign his new book
Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017

Another Way to Play: Poems, cover

From a '60s-era verse letter to John Coltrane to a 2017 examination of Life After Trump, Another Way to Play collects more than a half century of engaged, accessible, and deeply felt poetry from a writer both iconoclastic and embedded in the American tradition. In the vein of William Carlos Williams and Frank O'Hara, Lally eschews formality in favor of a colloquial idiom that pops straight from the page into the reader's synapses. This is the definitive collection of verse from a poet who has been around the world and back again: verse from the streets, from the political arena, from Hollywood, from the depths of the underground, and from everywhere in between.  As Lally himself writes: "I suffered, I starved, and so did my kids, / I did what I did for poetry I thought / and I never sold out, and even when I did / nobody bought."

Tuesday, December 11, 7pm
At the 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Loft, 1687 Market Street

Blake Spalding, Jen Castle, and Lavinia Spalding of
Hell's Backbone Grill & Farm, Boulder, Utah

This Immeasurable Place, cover

All will be in town to read from and sign and talk about and share food from their latest narrative cookbook, This Immeasurable Place: Food and Farming from the Edge of Wilderness and to show off their freshly redesigned and updated first cookbook, With a Measure of Grace: The Stories and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant.

Read last month's amazing feature in The New Yorker about Blake and Jen and Hell's Backbone Grill.

What People are saying:
The wisdom found in the pages of this beautiful and surprising book is immeasurable. It’s wisdom from the edge, from one of the most glorious hidden kitchens there is.... Land, food, family, stewardship, and spirit all course through these tempting, gorgeous pages. A book that feeds us on so many levels.” -- Davia Nelson, NPR’s Kitchen Sisters

"... Filled with remarkable recipes and essays, it breathed life back into my radical, sometimes flagging hope for humanity, and is as inspiring as it is mouthwatering. We need this book now more than ever.” -- Elissa Altman, author of Poor Man’s Feast

"Blake Spalding and Jen Castle are alchemists, truly changing the world through their hands, their hearts, their farm, their food. In community, everything is possible. Theirs is a leadership of love." -- Terry Tempest Williams


Drowned River
Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Drowned River, cover

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