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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)

Thursday, July 7, 7pm
Tony Returns!

J. Tony Serra and his new novel
THE SCAFFOLD: A Treason Death Penalty Trial

Tony Serra The Scaffold

Begun as an outline when still a young lawyer around 1960 and finally completed in prison when he was a tax resister 50 or so years later, J. Tony Serra’s first novel takes place during World War II in the South Pacific, the story of a court martial, filled with Serra's legal career experiences.  The message, if there is a message, is that war is absurd; treason is absurd; the death penalty is absurd--and that platonic love is humanity's only redemption.

A native son of San Francisco, J. Tony Serra has dedicated his life to defending society's outcasts. After earning a Philosophy degree from Stanford University, Serra went on to graduate from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law in the 60's, an era he calls "the golden age of law."

“I do believe that my mind began to ripen in the 1950s. I was young and naive, and found myself uncomfortably wedged between the beatniks of the 50s and the hippies of the 60s. It turned out for me that I couldn't go back in time and become part of the beatnik milieu; I was too young. On the other hand, I was a little older than the Love Generation, but they accepted me and I strove intellectually and aesthetically in their direction. Also, I recall being victim of many romantic fallacies, one of which was to be a Hemingway image, the expatriate writer. So after graduating from Stanford in epistemology (a philosophy major), I went to Tangiers, Morocco, hopeful to commence a career predicated upon writing bad poetry and bad fiction, prepared to become a never-blossomed flower in the Garden of Literature. ” –From the Prologue, by J. Tony Serra

Published by Grizzly Peak Press

Sunday, July 10, 5pm
In Conjunction with LaborFest 2016

Daniel Bacon talks about his new novel Frisco


The book is centered on the San Francisco General Strike of 1934, and features many of the historic figures from that time, including Harry Bridges and the leaders of The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). In the summer of 1934, a strange silence descended on San Francisco. Streetcars disappeared. Gas stations closed. Theater marquees turned off. Stores and restaurants locked their doors. Butcher shops ran out of meat. The wealthy decamped to their country estates. It was as if the city had died. In this debut novel, Daniel Bacon describes the forces that led to this extraordinary state of affairs.

“A rollicking good tale about tough times on the gritty old Frisco waterfront.”  --Carl Nolte, columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

Daniel Bacon is a writer, educator, and San Francisco Historian. In 1995, he founded the Barbary Coast Trail, a 3.8-mile walking tour connecting twenty of San Francisco’s most important historic sites. He is the author of the guidebook Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail and has written numerous articles about San Francisco history for local and national publications.

Published by Quicksilver Press
Wednesday, July 13, 7pm
Launch Party!
Sin Soracco presents her new novel Come to Me

Come to me

A joint publication of Ithuriel’s Spear and The Green Arcade Come To Me is a tale of a woman just sprung from prison who finds her way back to a once familiar San Francisco. Gina seeks out her old friend Francine whose rooming house is a refuge for women who are devotees of Santeria, the religion brought to this hemisphere by African slaves. It is above a botanica and curio shop run by Oleander, whose secret past will play a crucial role in this story of love, magic, greed and desire.

From the author of the cult classics Low Bite and Edge City.

"Take one of Soracco's plucky ex-cons who can't catch a break...throw in a cursed statue that everyone wants to get their hands on, and shake. What you get is a cocktail of classic noir mixed with magic that will keep you turning the page till the sun rises."—Victoria Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

Sin Soracco now lives on the edges of the Russian River but her shadows still travel the streets of San Francisco.
Sunday, July 17, 5pm
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa talks about her memoir
Coming Home to Tibet: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Belonging

Coming Home to Tibet

On New Year’s Day 1994, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa’s mother was killed in a car accident along a highway in India. A Tibetan and a longtime refugee, Dhompa’s mother had longed to return to her homeland. “When this is over,” she would say, referring to the ongoing political conflict and dangers, “we can go home.” Dhompa’s mother never got that chance.

To honor her mother’s wish to return home, Dhompa, now an acclaimed poet living in San Francisco embarks on a journey across the globe to her mother’s nomadic village in East Tibet, traveling with a handful of her mother’s ashes. Arriving there, she realizes that her mother had been preparing her for this homecoming her whole life. Tibet was a place that lived in the heart of her mother, a place of sweetness and legend passed to Dhompa through stories and memories—of the flowers in bloom in the Tibetan summer, of the people living in the “adobe of snow.” Through this pilgrimage, Dhompa comes to terms with what it means to love a land so deeply and the heartbreak of living apart from that land in exile.

Coming Home to Tibet
is a daughter’s tribute and poetic memoir to a mother and a homeland, and a story of love, family, refuge, and dreams.

Published by Shambhala Publications
Tuesday July 19, 5pm
In conjunction with LaborFest 2016

Unheard Voices Rising Up:
Workers’ Survival, Resistance and Power! The Housing Crisis, Homelessness, and How Capitalism Thwarts Self-Help and Organizing Efforts

laborfest writers

The LaborFest Writers’ Group will explore how unheard voices are rising up, resisting, and discovering their power. This movement is happening at work and wherever San Franciscans call home, whether it is brick and mortar or tent city. People are speaking out and demanding to be heard as they struggle to earn a living wage, to protect their rights, and to be able to stay in the city they call home. Join us for an evening of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, and music by LaborFest writers Phyllis Holliday, Keith Cooley, Susan Ford, Margaret Cooley, Nellie Wong, Jerry Path, Richard Chen and Alice Rogoff.

Wednesday, July 20, 7pm
Jules Boycoff returns to the Arcade to talk about his new book
Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics

power games

Boykoff, a former member of the US Olympic soccer team, takes readers from the nineteenth-century origins of the modern Games, through its flirtations with Fascism, and into the contemporary era of corrupt, corporate control. Along the way he recounts vibrant alt-Olympics movements, like the Workers’ Games and Women’s Games of the 1920s and 1930s as well as athlete-activists and political movements that stood up to challenge the Olympic machine.

“A great irony is that modern Olympics, first envisioned as an alternative to war, have themselves become a form of low-intensity warfare. As Jules Boykoff chronicles in this path breaking history, host cities have used the Games to leverage urban renewal, neighborhood demolition, and mass population displacement. The preparations for the Rio Olympics have gone one step further and become literal urban counter-insurgency, as elite police units occupy and ‘cleanse’ one favela after another.”  Mike Davis, Planet of Slums

Published by Verso
Friday, July 29, 7pm
In conjunction with LaborFest 2016
Larry Shoop talks about his book
Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council On Foreign Relations, and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics1976-2014

wall street's think tank

Larry Shoup, author of Rulers & Rebels: A People’s History of Early California, 1769-1901, has written an important new book, where he looks at the history of the AFL-CIO in relationship to the CFI and how this has affected US labor’s foreign policy. The CFI was set up by the biggest capitalists and ideologues to develop the imperial economic interests of US multi-nationals, and Shoup examines how the AFL-CIO has been involved in this organization and what it has meant concretely for workers in the US and around the world.

While the unions here are fighting NAFTA, CAFTA, and TPP, the Democrats, Republicans and US government are pushing deregulation, privatization and “free trade zones” around the world. Shoup examines the ideology of the CFR and how this continues to intersect the agenda of the AFL-CIO’s international perspective.

Published by Monthly Review Press  


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