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)

Tuesday, April 22, 7pm $5.
At The 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market St.
Economist Thomas Piketty talks about his new book
Capital in the Twenty-First Century


Due to the huge response to Thomas Piketty's only San Francisco appearance, this event is now at the McRoskey Mattress Factory across from The Green Arcade. Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy, and this book has become the book of our times, New York Times bestseller list or not.

Published by Harvard University Press.

Wednesday,  April 23, 7pm
Susie Hara Launches Her New Noir
Finder of Lost Objects

finder of lost objects

Sadie García Miller—bisexual Jewish Latina—turns the old gumshoe trope on its head in Finder of Lost Objects. From Dashiell Hammett to Marcia Muller to John Goins, Hara’s Sadie is a welcome addition to a long line of unorthodox sleuths in the cool grey city of love.

Published by Ithuriel’s Spear

“Finder of Lost Objects is many things: a smart detective story, a meditation on romantic and familial love, and a celebration of the lesser known corners of the author’s city, San Francisco. Susie Hara’s voice is unique, funny, and above all, heartfelt. A gem of a novel from a very talented writer.” —Michelle Richmond, author of Golden State
Saturday, April 26, 7:30pm, $10
The 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market St.
Poetry with Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge and Susan Gevirtz:
A Kelsey Street Press 40th Anniversary Party

kelsey st press

The poets to be introduced, respectively, by Kelsey Street Press Board members Trinh T. Minh-ha and Lynn Marie Kirby.

Presented by The Poetry Center at SFSU and The Green Arcade
Hosted by McRoskey Mattress Company

Thursday, May 1st, 7pm
Ben Ross talks about his book
Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

dead end

Dead End brings together the history of suburbanization and urban decline & revival in a single book for the first time, providing an unparalleled synthesis of leading cross-disciplinary scholarship in urban history and urban planning

“Ben Ross’ Dead End is a highly personal account of a larger journey that we are embarked on as a nation—from sprawl to walkable communities, from anoxic, sterile neighborhoods to vibrant, transit-served urban areas that are the wellspring of innovation, economic development and cultural richness.”—John Porcari, Former Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Transportation

“Ben Ross paints the big picture of the battle between sprawl and community from the historic perspective, to the current conflicts to a vision of a better land use process. Always focused on the human perspective with subjects as diverse as Jane Jacobs and Pete Seeger to Snob Zoning and Agenda 21, Dead End is an exciting, easy read.”—Parris N. Glendening, President, Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute, and Governor of Maryland (1995-2003)

Benjamin Ross was president of Maryland's Action Committee for Transit for 15 years, which grew under his leadership into the nation's largest grass-roots transit advocacy group. He is a consultant on environmental problems and served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and EPA Science Advisory Board.
Monday, June 9, 7pm

A Conversation with John Waters
about his new book Carsick


The 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market St.

(More info later)


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

Xavier Viramontes

Boycott Grapes silk screen printed and signed by the artist
Unframed $150.00

This poster, which was originally produced in the 1970s, played an important part in the Grape Boycott taking place at the time.  It is now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This is the first time it has been reproduced since that time.

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

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