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

Check out the nice notice about The Green Arcade in The Bold Italic

(All events are free unless otherwise noted)

Three Thursday Evenings in October
A Reading Series to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of
Omerta Publications


Thursday, October 6, 7pm
Herbert Gold, interviewed by Hilton Obenzinger, author of How I Write

Thursday, October 13, 7pm
Denise Newman, Les Gottesman, Ellen Teicher

Thursday, October 20, 7pm
Sharon Doubiago and Jack Hirschman

More info at

Monday, October 10
In Conjunction with Litquake
Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction and Amber Hasselbring of Nature in the City

Mary Ellen Hanibal

Award-winning writer Mary Ellen Hannibal combines original reporting, meticulous research, and memoir, tracing today’s tech-enabled citizen science movement to its roots: the centuries-long tradition of amateur observation by writers and naturalists.

Amber Hasselbring will talk about wildlife on San Francisco’s Main Street. It’s remarkable how the Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly has found home on San Francisco’s Market Street. And it’s not alone. While some of the wild plants and animals found in these urban canyons are rare, the vast majority are so common you can see them every day if you take the time to look.
 Tuesday, October 11, 7:30pm
Free City!
A Literary Reading in Support of Proposition W
Free Tuition for City College

Join us for a powerhouse evening of readings in support of Proposition W which will help make City College of San Francisco tuition-free!

With: Benjamin Bac Sierra (Barrio Bushido), Marina Lazzara (Everything, Everyday, Mostly), Jackie Ramos (Poet and Actor HBO's West World,) Joe Donohoe (Specious Species), Ananda Esteva (Pisco Sours), & James Tracy (Dispatches Against Displacement)
Wednesday, October 12, 7pm
Have a Laugh on Us
Tokens: Stand-up Comedy for the Rest of Us


"Let's be honest. Comedy shows featuring 10 straight white guys talking about straight white guy stuff can make comedy seem like only one thing. It sucks not to see yourself represented in movies, on tv, and on stages. TOKENS is about how comedy is for everyone, especially groups that have been marginalized in comedy, featuring only women, queer, and POC comedians from the Bay Area and beyond!"

Featuring Adrian McNair, Irene Tu and Nina Daniels.

Saturday, October 15, 6pm & 7:15pm
Litcrawl comes to The Green Arcade

What started as an experiment in San Francisco in 2004, has since become one of the most anticipated literary nights of the year — in 13 cities and counting!

 Lit Crawl SF currently attracts close to 10,000 people, and is the world’s largest such event.
The Lit Crawl brings literature to the streets, featuring smart and silly, worldly and wacky events in venues usual (bars, cafes, galleries, and bookstores) and unusual (police stations, tattoo parlors, barbershops, and cemeteries).

6pm - Queer Pulp Past and Present
Authors read from contemporary work and past pulp classics that inspired their writing. A look at our queer heritage and connections to our pre-Stonewall past.

Featuring Katie Gilmartin, Monica Nolan (Green Arcade alumnist), Allen Sawyer, K.M. Soehnlein.

7:15pm - Ithuriel’s Spear Press: SF Mystery/Noir Hour

Ithuriel's Spear Press writers bring their San Francisco mysteries/noir to The Green Arcade. In a changing city, the hidden remains.

Featuring John Goins, Susie Hara and Sin Soracco.


Due October, 2016
Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Nonstop Metropolis, A New York Atlas

Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capitol of capitalism , culture, immigration, and more.

 Contributors: Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman. Margo Jefferson, Lucy R. Lippard, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Emily Raboteau, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, Heather Smith, Jonathan Tarleton, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna

 Interviews with: Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA

Click here to pre-order!


The SF Public Press
Latest Print Edition is One Dollar.
SF Public Press website

California Northern: A New Regionalism
California Northern Magazine is a biannual publication exploring the region's cultures, environments, histories, and identities. It provides a rare California-based forum for exceptional essays, long-form journalism, literature, and photography. $6.95
NOW at The Green Arcade:

The Green Arcade Pinocchio T-Shirt
designed by Gent Sturgeon, worn by Magisaurus

A mere $18 dollars!

by Gent Sturgeon

Sandy Florian

Cover art by Gent Sturgeon, creator of The Green Arcade's logo.

The Green Arcade

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

Open Mon - Sat, 12-8
Sunday 12-7

We can Special Order most titles.
We ship to US/ US Territories only.
Inquire about volume discounts for schools, institutions and companies: