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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


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Masks Strongly Encouraged For All Events

Tuesday, June 6, 7pm
A New Release Reading With The Page Poets
With Lauren Caldwell, Jesse Holwitz and Cynthia Randolph

Page Poets, book covers

The Green Arcade is delighted to again be hosting a new release reading for The Page Poets of FMSBW Press which publishes important Northern California poets whose work excites them. The Page Poets Series was conceived by friends on a bright day in a dark corner of The Page bar on Divisadero Street in San Francisco.

Lauren Caldwell was born in San Francisco, California and attends Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Other Scavengers is her first poetry collection, conceived as a love letter to her hometown and to the other small, strange corners of the world that have raised her. She is a student and recorder of mysteries.

Jesse Holwitz was born and raised in San Francisco. The title of this book Cueonia comes from a light conversation with a friend, regarding free association and the way behavioral psychology dictates “cues” that people come to rely upon for their well-being. Health apps and social media are examples. Their first collection of poems Cutting Teeth was published in 2022, also by fmsbw press.

Cynthia Randolph is an artist and writer who works across photography, video, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She has received a Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant, George B. Hill and Therese Muller Creative Writing Awards, and has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. In the Museum of Hunting and Nature is her first collection of poems. Her writing has been published in Canvas, Omniverse, Written Here (and There), The Community of Writers Poetry Review 2020, and Odes to Our Undoing: Poets Processing Crisis, An Anthology (Risk Press, 2022). She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

Please be vaxxed and masks strongly recommended. Thanks!

Thursday, June 8, 7pm
A Reading with:
Susan Gevirtz, Evan Kennedy, and Syd Staiti

Gevirtz, Kennedy, Staiti; authors, book cover

Susan Gevirtz's Burns (Pamenar Press, 2022) is a tour of documents of the unperceived, an archive of investigations of investigation staged in lyric prose, poetry and a play. Susan Gevirtz's books of poetry include Hotel abc (2016), Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger (2010), Thrall (2007), Hourglass Transcripts (2001), Black Box Cutaway (1999), PROSTHESIS :: CAESAREA (1994, reissued by Little Red Leaves, 2009), Taken Place (1993) and Linen Minus (1992). Susan’s critical books are Coming Events (Collected Writings) (2013) and Narrative's Journey: The Fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson (1996).

Evan Kennedy’s new book is Metamorphoses: City Lights Spotlight No. 22
Metamorphoses springs from Ovid’s epic poem to explore the slipperiness of identity. In poems that shift registers from travelogue to elegy, from nature documentary to a simple record of the realities of daily life, Kennedy focuses on transformation, personal and collective, in an empire in decline, in a world transfigured by ecological upheaval. Like a fever dream over Gibbon’s Decline and Fall, Kennedy has one foot in Ancient Rome and the other in contemporary San Francisco.

Syd Staiti is the author of Seldom Approaches (The Elephants, 2023) and The Undying Present (Krupskaya, 2015). Recent work is published in BaestTripwireSocial Text, and A Perfect Vacuum. Staiti is director of Small Press Traffic and a collective member of Light Field.
Seldom Approaches is a collection of poems, transcribed readings, and prose writings spanning nearly a decade, presented asynchronously, and interlaced with narrative passages, both abstract and autobiographical: a book formed and unformed in a process of becoming.

Monday, June 12, 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
3rd Floor Edward McRoskey Loft
1687 Market Street

The Purpose of Power:
How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

Black Lives Matter Co-founder Alicia Garza and Author James Tracy
Discuss Coalition Building in the 21st Century

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Against the tides of rising seas and rising reaction, organizers ask, “What does it mean to work together today? How can progressive coalitions be built to the scale that these times demand? What does it take to fight for what we hold in common without erasure? How can progressive organizations build realistic coalitions to advance justice and ultimately win? What examples from past movements provide clues for today? What strategies and models won’t work anymore?"

Internationally recognized author and organizer Alicia Garza will be in conversation with Bay Area author James Tracy. The two long-time friends and collaborators will explore the promises and perils of coalition building in the 21st Century.

Alicia Garza believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve – to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An author, political strategist, organizer and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, and serves as the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and is co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. Alicia is the author of the acclaimed book, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (One World Penguin Random House.)

James Tracy is the Chair of Labor & Community Studies at City College of San Francisco. Organizing most of his adult life, he has been part of housing, economic justice and racial justice campaigns. He is the co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power, Interracial Organizing in the 60’s and 70s New Left (Melville House) and No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons For Today’s Movements (City Lights/Open Media).

Wednesday, June 14, 7pm
Communists in Closets: Queering the History 1930s–1990s
with author Bettina Aptheker

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The Communist Party in the US banned lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from membership beginning in 1938 when it cast them off as "degenerates." It persisted in this policy until 1991. During this 60-year ban, gays and lesbians who did join the Communist Party were deeply closeted within it, as well as in their public lives as both queer and Communist.

By the late 1930s, the Communist Party had a membership approaching 100,000 and tens of thousands more people moved in its orbit through the Popular Front against fascism, anti-racist organizing, especially in the south, and its widely read cultural magazine, The New Masses.

Based on a decade of archival research, correspondence, and interviews, Bettina Aptheker explores this history in Communists in Closets: Queering the History 1930s–1990s, also pulling from her own experience as a closeted lesbian in the Communist Party in the 1960s and ‘70s. Ironically, and in spite of this homophobia, individual Communists laid some of the political and theoretical foundations for lesbian and gay liberation and women’s liberation, and contributed significantly to peace, social justice, civil rights, and Black and Latinx liberation movements.

Bettina Aptheker is Distinguished Professor Emerita, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz where she taught for more than 40 years. An activist-scholar she co-led the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley in 1964, the National Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, and played a leading role in the international movement to Free Angela Davis. Bettina was a member of the Communist Party from 1962-1981 and has been part of the LGBT movement since the late 1970s. She has published several books including, The Morning Breaks: The Trial of Angela Davis, Tapestries of Life: Women’s Work, Women’s Consciousness and the Meaning of Daily Experience, and a memoir, Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech & Became A Feminist Rebel that was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2006. She and her wife, Kate Miller, have been together since 1979. They live in Santa Cruz.

Please be vaxxed and masks strongly encouraged. Thanks!


Launch party with author Christina Gerhardt
In conversation with Kristina Hill and Ezra David Romero  
Event recorded May 23, 2023

Book launch party for Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean with author and environmental journalist Christina Gerhardt whose book was named one of the Best Science Books of 2023 by the New Scientist. This immersive portal to islands around the world highlights the impacts of sea level rise and shimmers with hopeful solutions to combat it.

Atlases are being redrawn as islands are disappearing. What does an island see when the sea rises? Sea Change weaves together essays, maps, art, and poetry to show us—and make us see—island nations in a warming world.

“A stunning atlas of the present and future." - Rebecca Solnit, author of numerous books including Infinite Cities: A Trilogy of Atlases - San Francisco, New Orleans, New York

Celebration of the Life of Poet and Writer Jim Nisbet
Event recorded April 15, 2023

Join friends, relatives, neighbors, and members of the literary and artistic demimonde as we read selections from his writing and remember the brilliant and beloved Jim Nisbet (Jan 20, 1947 – Sept 28, 2022).

"One of the most unique voices in noir fiction......Nisbet narratives routinely detoured into myriad side-subjects in which he deployed his relentless curiosity and wide-ranging intellect. He was especially adept at revealing the terror lurking within onrushing cultural trends, be it digital technology, organ transplants, homelessness, the so-called "war on terror," or the societal chasms caused by rampant capitalism." - Eddie Muller

Jim Nisbet's Reading List

The Poetry Center at SF State & The Green Arcade Present
A Special Reading with poet Ed Roberson
Event recorded March 4, 2023

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C.D. Wright has described Roberson’s work as “lyric poetry of meticulous design and lasting emotional significance,” comparing its musical qualities to the work of saxophonist Steve Lacy, jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Poet and critic Reginald Gibbons, in his review of The New Wing of the Labyrinth, celebrates Roberson as a “master of a hauntingly meditative rhythm of thought and perception.”

Saket Soni in conversation with Rebecca Solnit

A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America 
Event recorded March 1, 2023

The Great Escape, cover

In this revelatory debut, Soni, founder of the labor rights nonprofit Resilience Force, recounts the civil rights crusade of 500 workers from India who were recruited to work for Signal International, an American oil rig builder, under the false promise of a green card. In 2006, the workers arrived at the Mississippi “man camp facility,” which consisted of “sardine-can” housing trailers, inedible food, and broken-down bathrooms. The next year, Soni helped hundreds of the workers organize an escape from the camp, only for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to try to deport them.

Event co-sponsored by Shareable/The Response which, through podcast interviews, audio documentaries, and an award-winning film, explores how communities are building collective resilience in the wake of disasters (environmental, social, and political).

Sabrina Imbler presents their new book
How Far the Light Reaches: a Life in Ten Sea Creatures
In conversation with journalist Heather Smith
Introduced by Rebecca Solnit

Event recorded December 22, 2022

A queer, mixed race writer working in a largely white, male field, science and conservation journalist Sabrina Imbler has always been drawn to the mystery of life in the sea, and particularly to creatures living in hostile or remote environments. Each essay in their debut collection profiles one such creature. Exploring themes of adaptation, survival, sexuality, and care, and weaving the wonders of marine biology with stories of their own family, relationships, and coming of age How Far the Light Reaches is a shimmering, otherworldly debut that attunes us to new visions of our world and its miracles.

Imbler is a freelance science writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Their work has appeared in Atlas Obscura, the New York Times, and The Atlantic.

Readings with K.M. Soehnlein and Ron Goldberg
From Their New Books: Army of Lovers
and Boy with the Bullhorn: A Memoir and History of ACT Up New York
Event recorded December 1, 2022

AIDS has killed at least 35 million people around the globe and World AIDS Day has been held every year since 1988 to raise awareness about the disease and to commemorate those we've lost to it. Two renowned authors and activists join us to mark the day.

Poets Tinker Greene and Norman Fischer
Tinker Greene returns to the Bay with his book Blue Flame Ring  
Event recorded Thursday April 14, 2022

“Tinker Greene. Polymath of wilderness and city living. Fan and lover of all the arts, especially poetry. Lots of channeling through things. An empath totally open to receive and collaborate. He builds bridges, the kind Lew Welch would need to get across.”
—Micah Ballard, on Blue Flame Ring

Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Soto Zen Buddhist priest who has written and published steadily since the 1970’s. Recent poetry titles include Nature, There Was A Clattering As… , The Museum of Capitalism, and Selected Poems 1980-2013.  His latest Buddhist title is When You Greet Me I Bow: Notes and Reflections from a Life in Zen. He lives in Muir Beach, CA with his wife Kathie, also a Zen priest.

Poet Lew Ellingham's Memorial Birthday Party
Event recorded February 27, 2022

A Special Zoom Event - Three in 2022: Poets’ Prose
Susan Gevirtz, Jeanne Heuving and Eleni Stecopoulos read from new works, and discuss their turn to prose and its relationship to poetry.

Introduced by Ghazal Mosadeq

Event recorded January 2, 2022

Gevirtz, Heuving, Stecopoulos, author photos
L-R: Susan Gevirtz, Jeanne Heuving and Eleni Stecopoulos

Ghazal Mosadeq is a poet, translator, editor and publisher of Pamenar Press, a multicultural experimental press. She has had her poetry and criticism published both in English and Persian in venues such as Poetry Wales, Plumwood Mountain, WD40, Revista de poesía, ensayo y crítica, Blackbox Manifold, Changes Review, Boiler House & Litmus Press.

Susan Gevirtz’s recent books of poetry include Hotel abc (Nightboat) and Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger (Kelsey Street). Her critical books are Narrative’s Journey: The Fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson (Peter Lang) and Coming Events (Collected Writings), (Nightboat). A book (untitled) is forthcoming from Pamenar Press. She is based in San Francisco.

Jeanne Heuving’s recent book, Mood Indigo (selva oscura)is poetry and prose as is her forthcoming Brilliant Corners (Chax). Recent scholarly publications include The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics (Modern and Contemporary Poetics, Alabama), and her edited volume, Nathaniel Mackey, Destination Out: Essays on His Work (Contemporary North American Poetry, Iowa). She is the 2022 Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University.

Eleni Stecopoulos is the author of Dreaming in the Fault Zone: A Poetics of Healing, a collection of essays & poems forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2022. Her other books are Visceral Poetics (2016), a hybrid work of criticism & memoir, & Armies of Compassion (2010), a poetry collection.

Recent writing appears or is forthcoming in Insomnia (University of Sussex), Second Stutter, Pamenar Online Magazine, DATABLEED, & [φρμκ].

Dmitry Samarov
In Person at The Green Arcade
Event recorded Dec 2, 2021

Dimitry Samarov

Dmitry Samarov was born in Moscow, USSR in 1970. He immigrated to the US with his family in 1978. He got in trouble in 1st grade for doodling on his Lenin Red Star pin and hasn't stopped doodling since. After a false start at Parsons School of Design in New York, he graduated with a BFA in painting and printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. Upon graduation he promptly began driving a cab—first in Boston, then after a time, in Chicago. Dmitry will talk about and read from his two recent books Samarov's Old Style and All Hack. He will be interrogated by Ben Terrall, producer of the cult 'zine Namaste Motherfu**er.

Click HERE for audio recording.

Hilton Obenzinger Reads From His Latest Collection
Event recorded November 4, 2021

Witness 2017-2020 chronicles four years of troubles, shootings, wildfires, racial reckoning, planetary murder, plague, monumental lies, crazy delusions, me-too, an uprising for justice, and more. But a failed far-right insurrection had to be the capstone of these terrible times, and the nation is not done yet. What was once unfamiliar and strange ("flatten the curve") has become common, even banal, demanding a poem. Language has to keep up, and Hilton Obenzinger presents a powerful testimony.

Hilton Obenzinger writes poetry, fiction, history, and criticism. His books include This Passover or the Next I Will Never be in Jerusalem, which received the American Book Award. His autobiographical novel Busy Dying recounts, among other things, his participation in the student revolt at Columbia University in 1968. Recent works include How We Write: The Varieties of Writing Experience and Treyf Pesach [Unholy Passover]. Born in Brooklyn, he graduated Columbia University in 1969, taught nursery and elementary school, ran an offset press at a community print shop in San Francisco's Mission District, worked as a commercial writer for business and industry, and taught writing, literature and American Studies at Stanford University. He is currently Associate Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project at Stanford.

Rebecca Solnit in Conversation with Adam Hochschild
Event recorded October 19, 2021

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ABOUT ORWELL'S ROSES, from the publisher:

Sparked by her unexpected encounter with the surviving roses he planted in 1936, Solnit’s account of this understudied aspect of Orwell’s life explores  his writing and his actions—from going deep into the coal mines of England, fighting in the Spanish Civil War, critiquing Stalin when much of the international left still supported him (and then critiquing that left), to his analysis of the relationship between lies and authoritarianism.

Through Solnit’s celebrated ability to draw unexpected connections, readers encounter the photographer Tina Modotti’s roses and her Stalinism, Stalin’s obsession with forcing lemons to grow in impossibly cold conditions, Orwell’s slave-owning ancestors in Jamaica, Jamaica Kincaid’s critique of colonialism and imperialism in the flower garden, and the brutal rose industry in Colombia that supplies the American market.

The book draws to a close with a rereading of Nineteen Eighty-Four that completes her portrait of a more hopeful Orwell, as well as a reflection on pleasure, beauty, and joy as acts of resistance.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
Reading and In Conversation

emcee, Patrick Marks
Event recorded September 10, 2021

Cosponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade

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