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)

Thursday, May 21, 7pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
@ 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market St.
The Green Arcade and City Lights Booksellers Present
Greg Proops: The Smartest Book in the World

From Greg’s introduction: “Hurray, hurrah you made it to The Smartest Book in the World. You are now officially more inquisitive than all your bored friends. In your hands you hold a clamorous compendium, a rancorous reportage, a lexicon of literacy. This is the burning bush, the Rosetta stone, the Fountain of Youth, the Grail to all the funnest knowledge and most freaktastical answers to the questions you’ve never asked, like: Which Roman Emperor would be the best first baseman? And does vodka go with vodka? You know, the vitals.”

The co-star of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and the smash podcast “The Smartest Man in the World” will delight you upfront and personal.   

Special Added Attraction!

Greg will be interviewed from the stage by Will Durst
Tickets: $10.00, free with the purchase of the book

Books and tickets on sale NOW at:
The Green Arcade,
1680 Market St, SF & City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave, SF.

Tuesday, June 23, 7pm
Fred Pearce talks about his book
The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation

An interesting, if controversial, take on invasive species from a seasoned environmental journalist.   More...

Thursday, June 25, 7pm
Rob Halpern reads from his latest book of poems
Common Place, published by Ugly Duckling Press

Common Place continues Halpern's sustained inquiry into the relations of body and voice to relentless militarization and economic depradation. Written in enjambed verses and impacted prose, Halpern's language is at once raw and sculpted, passionate and analytic.

Rob Halpern is the author of several books of poetry, including Music for Porn (Nightboat 2013), Disaster Suites (Palm Press 2009), and Rumored Place (Krupskaya 2006). Together with Taylor Brady, he also co-authored the book-length poem Snow Sensitive Skin, which has been reissued by Displaced Press. Recent essays and translations appear in Chicago Review, Journal of Narrative Theory, and The Claudius App.

Rob currently splits his time between San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Monday, August 24, 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
At the 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market St.

Megan Prelinger:
Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age,
published by W. W. Norton

“A highly original cultural history of 20th-century technology examined through the lens of commercial art…. Sophisticated in its grasp of science and technological history but also accessible to general readers.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“An essential and eye-popping visual history of electronics, a glimpse of the electronic infrastructure captured in the brief moment before it miniaturized down to a scale too small for the eye to see, disappearing from our ordinary view forever, even as it burrowed into our buildings, streets, vehicles and even our bodies.”
— Cory Doctorow coeditor of Boing Boing and author of In Real Life and Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

Megan Prelinger is a cultural historian and archivist, and the author of Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957–1962.  She is cofounder and information designer of the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, where she lives.

Entrance: $5.00, free with the purchase of the book, at the door.
Thanks to our Host, the McRoskey Mattress Company


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The Green Arcade

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

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

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