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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

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(All events are free unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, February 20, 7pm
Launch of New Poetry Series by FMSBW
with publisher Matt Gonzalez and three featured poets

Join publisher Matt Gonzalez in celebrating the launch of The Page Poets Series with reading from the poets whose verse collections represent volumes I, II, and III.

Tamsin Spencer Smith is a poet, painter, and essayist. Her debut collection Word Cave was published by Risk Press in early 2018. Between First & Second Sleep is her second full-length collection. Her poems appear in various verse anthologies, including: Everything Indicates (Heyday Press); Lightning Strikes (Dolby Chadwick Gallery); Love in the Face of Everything (Tamalpais Press); and Reverberations: A Visual Conversation (Risk Press). Smith was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up in Coconut Grove, Florida. She graduated with highest honors from Kenyon College, and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, where she gives an annual poetry reading. She lives in Noe Valley with her son and daughter.

Micah Ballard was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Waifs and Strays (City Lights Books), Afterlives (Bootstrap Press), and Parish Krewes (Bootstrap Press). Ballard has authored over a dozen small books, including: Daily Vigs (Bird & Beckett Books), Evangeline Downs (Ugly Duckling Presse), Vesper Chimes (Gas Meter), Absinthian Journal (Old Gold), Bettina Coffin (Red Ant), New Poems (Blue Press), and Negative Capability in the Verse of John Wieners (Bootstrap Press).

With poet Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, he co-edits Lew Gallery Editions and Auguste Press. They live in San Francisco with their daughter Lorca. He works at the University of San Francisco.

 Patrick James Dunagan lives in San Francisco and works at the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library. Post Apollo Press published his first full-length book There Are People Who Think That Painters Shouldn't Talk: A GUSTONBOOK in 2011. Other books include: The Duncan Era: One Poet’s Cosmology (Spuyten Duyvil); Drops of Wine / Drops of Rain (Spuyten Duyvil); from Book of Kings (Bird and Beckett Books); Das Gedichtete (Ugly Duckling); her friends down at the French cafe had no English words for me (PUSH); Easy Eden (PUSH); from Chansonniers (Blue Press); Spirit Guest & Others (Lew Gallery Editions); Fess Parker (Red Ant Press); After the Sinews (Auguste Press); U.S.A. (SurfZombie); The Young American Poets (showerhead press). With his wife, Iranian poet and artist Ava Koohbor, Dunagan translates poetry from Farsi.

Wednesday, February 27, 7pm
Poet Lew Ellingham's Birthday Party
Kevin Killian is MC

All welcome.
Thursday, February 28, 7pm
Mikhail Iossel, author of Notes from Cyberground: Trumpland and My Old Soviet Feeling
In Conversation with Will Durst

Notes from Cyberground, cover

Come to the scathing! Join Russian émigré Iossel (journalist, novelist) and the Bay's most illustrious political satirist Durst in what will be a raucous and biting exchange. Why suffer?

 Friday, April 12, 7pm
The Poetry Center at SF State Presents:
Feliz Lucia Molina

Crystal Marys, cover

Feliz' latest chapbook is Crystal Marys. Written from the impassive surface of the Internet and the high desert of Southern California, Crystal Marys is a field study of social-media fatigue, suburban youth, Filipino immigrancy, a denim day job in LA's garment district, and other sites of crystallized dis/enchantment. Molina traces life's "beautiful unreliable narrative logic" by the devotional images of our times-the Virgin Mary, emoji, family photos, profile pics, etc.

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

Author and artist Dmitry Samarov has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Reader, and more; here 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 1st 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.

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

Kit's newest book is Thought Balloon (Roof Books March 2019).

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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