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

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(All events are free unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, October 7, 7pm
Building the Golden Gate Bridge:
A Workers' Oral History

with author Harvey Schwarz

Labor historian Harvey Schwartz has compiled oral histories of nine workers who helped build the celebrated bridge. Their powerful recollections chronicle the technical details of construction, the grueling physical conditions they endured, the small pleasures they enjoyed, and the gruesome accidents some workers suffered. The result is an evocation of working-class life and culture in a bygone era.
"Harvey Schwartz follows the example of Studs Terkel by allowing workers to speak for themselves. Building the Golden Gate Bridge comes at a time when we Americans are asking ourselves, are we finished as a working nation-if and when work is defined as highly skilled, demanding, dangerous, intricate performance by ordinary workers operating at the top of their game? This book, the voices of these workers, and the Golden Gate Bridge itself gives us the confidence to assert that labor in America is far from finished. It has got a long way to go-and the Golden Gate Bridge has set the standards for that journey." -Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus  
Published by Oregon State University Press

Thursday, October 8, 7pm
Poets Aaron Simon & Kit Robinson
Read from their New Books
 Introduced by Alan Bernheimer  

Aaron Simon: Rain Check Poems   

Throughout these subtle yet seductive poems, materiality—both grand and ordinary—opens a route of return, the oceanic fullness one feels while 'waiting for the kettle to whistle.' Aaron Simon's poetry whispers to me of what it means to be alive, really alive."—Dodie Bellamy
Aaron Simon is the author of Periodical Days (Green Zone Editions, 2007), and Senses Himself (Green Zone Editions, 2014). His poems have appeared in several publications, including Like Musical Instruments: 83 Contemporary American Poets (Broadstone Books, 2014), Shiny, Exquisite Corpse, Sal Mimeo, Across the Margin, Nowhere, and Harriet the Blog. He has lived between San Francisco and Brooklyn since 1999.
Kit Robinson: Marine Layer

Kit Robinson is the author of Determination (Cuneiform, 2010), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2009), Train I Ride (BookThug, 2009), and 17 other books of poetry. He lives in Berkeley, where he works as a freelance writer and plays Cuban tres guitar in the Latin dance band Bahia Son.

"There is seemingly no object, image, or idea that couldn’t potentially work its way into a Kit Robinson poem. His work is oracular and quotidian, straightforward and complex, offering multiple points of view and stunningly variable textures." - Richard Roundy, Across the Margin

Alan Bernheimer
Poet Alan Bernheimer, often associated with the San Francisco Language Poets, lives in Berkeley. He performed for Poets Theater and produced and hosted In the American Tree, a radio program of new writing by poets on KPFA.
Rain Check Poems and Marine Layer are published by BlazeVOX Press.

Wednesday, October 14, 7pm
Satellites in the High Country:
Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man

with author Jason Mark

In Satellites in the High Country, journalist and adventurer Jason Mark travels beyond the bright lights and certainties of our cities to seek wildness wherever it survives. These expeditions to the edges of civilization's grid show us that, although our notions of pristine nature may be shattering, the mystery of the wild still exists — and in fact, it is more crucial than ever.
"Jason Mark is a great person to share an adventure with, whether out on the Arctic tundra or on the page. Satellites in the High Country is an engrossing exploration of the ever-evolving definition of what is 'wild' in America which often reveals as much about us as it does about wilderness in the twenty-first century." --Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

"In Satellites in the High Country, gripping accounts of outdoor journeys are linked with provocative thinking about the meaning of wildness in an increasingly human-controlled world. Jason Mark ably continues the writing style and themes of legends such as John Muir and Edward Abbey." --Roderick Frazier Nash, author of Wilderness and the American Mind.

Jason Mark's writings on the environment have appeared in The New York Times,, The Nation, and, among many other publications. He is the longtime editor of Earth Island Journal, a quarterly magazine, and a co-founder of San Francisco's largest urban farm.  

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Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm
Meet David Talbot, Author of the New Explosive Bestseller
The Devil's Chessboard:
 Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

devils chessboard cover and author

Join us for a reception and signing with the author of Season of the Witch.

November 24, 7pm
Nightboat Books Presents
Poets Cole Swensen, Orlando White, Gabriella Klein & John Sakkis

More info to come.

Wednesday, December 2, 7pm
The Green Arcade’s Holiday Fandango:
Say “Cheese” and then say “Negroni”

cheddar and high spirits covers

With Gordon Edgar, author of Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Most Iconic Cheese, and what it can tell us about our history, cultural identity, and food politics and J.K. Dineen, author of High Spirits: The Legacy Bars of San Francisco, The Best Places to Imbibe in San Francisco.

About Cheddar:
“Gordon Edgar’s latest work, Cheddar, is a lively story of this much-maligned but iconic cheese. No longer will I quickly pass over the large blocks of golden cheddar. Edgar has traveled the country unearthing the historic roots of cheddar, from the artisan clothbound wheels to the mass-produced blocks of commodity cheese, and writes with wit and humor.”--Kurt Timmermeister, author of Growing a Farmer

Gordon Edgar, author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge loves cheese and worker-owned co-ops, and has been combining both of these infatuations as the cheese buyer for San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery Cooperative since 1994.

About High Spirits:
“From Vesuvio to the Silver Crest, Sam Jordan’s to the Twin Peaks, Dineen unearths the rollicking, poignant and hilarious stories that lurk behind the swinging doors. High Spirits is a righteous pour from the top shelf.”
—Gary Kamiya, author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

J. K. Dineen is a metro reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle.


The SF Public Press
Latest Print Edition is One Dollar.
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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
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The Green Arcade

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

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