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

(All events are free unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, May 16, 7pm

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz talks about her latest book
Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment
Introduced by James Tracy

Loaded, cover and author photo

From the author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Loaded is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States.  From Daniel Boone and Jesse James, to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation. In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the myths of gun culture to expose the true historical origins of the Second Amendment, revealing the racial undercurrents connecting the earliest Anglo settlers with contemporary gun proliferation, modern-day policing, and the consolidation of influence of armed white nationalists. From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the "gun lobby," Loaded presents a people's history of the Second Amendment.

"Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's Loaded is like a blast of fresh air. She is no fan of guns or of our absurdly permissive laws surrounding them. But she does not merely take the liberal side of the familiar debate."—Adam Hochschild, The New York Review of Books

"Her analysis, erudite and unrelenting, exposes blind spots not just among conservatives, but, crucially, among liberals as well. . . . As a portrait of the deepest structures of American violence, Loaded is an indispensable book."
The New Republic

James Tracy writes on cities, hidden histories & social movements, and is the author of Dispatches Against Displacement & Hillbilly Nationalists

Tuesday, May 29, 5pm at SF Main Library
Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?
A Special Screening of Marc Huestis’ Cult Underground Film

Whatever Happened to Susan  Jane?

Co-starring Francesca Rosa (1954-2016)

With director Huestis in attendance, and including brief remarks by Francesca’s literary executor, Patrick Marks, owner of The Green Arcade

Wednesday, June 6, 7pm
Poets Hazel White, Denise Newman & Jennifer S. Cheng

Hazel White is the author of Vigilance Is No Orchard, just published by Nightboat Books. And also of Peril as Architectural Enrichment, from Kelsey Street Press. In 2016, she completed with poet Denise Newman a two-year public poetry project, Biotic Portal at Strawberry Creek,, a collaboration with the UC Botanical Garden, at Berkeley, supported by a Creative Work Fund grant. Her poetry has appeared in New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, Elderly, and Fence. She grew up on farms in England, and works in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of UC Davis.

In Vigilance Is No Orchard, Hazel White records her haunting romance with the Valentine Garden, a famous garden, now a ruin, in Montecito, California, designed by landscape architect Isabelle Greene. White is jealous of Greene’s power to affect a dynamic experience of space, tries to make language play faithfully in the game coursing between the body and Greene’s fiercely stirring landscape. Her poems dwell in shelter and view, and time passing. They chase animation and survival, forage and repair, the act of making, accumulation, authority of form, and realize a dream of overflow, which gives way to loss, as in flowering.

Denise Newman’s poetry collections are Future People, The New Make Believe, Wild Goods, and Human Forest. She is the translator of Azorno and The Painted Room, both by the late Danish poet, Inger Christensen, and Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt, which won the 2015 PEN Translation Award and an NEA Fellowship. She teaches at the California College of the Arts.

Jennifer S. Cheng writes at the intersection of essay and poetry. Her debut book, House A , was selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Book Prize, and she is the author of the new collection MOON: Letters, Maps, Poems, selected by Bhanu Kapil as winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize.Her writing appears in Tin House, Conjunctions, AGNI, The Literary Hub, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, The Normal School, Guernica, Hong Kong 20/20 (a PEN HK anthology), and elsewhere. Having grown up in Texas, Connecticut, and Hong Kong, she is a longtime resident of the Outer Sunset neighborhood in San Francisco.

Wednesday, June 13, 7pm
Southern Migrant Mixtape
with Poet Vernon Keeve III

Southern Migrant Mixtape,cover

Southern Migrant Mixtape relays the experiences and observations of a black, queer man from Virginia who thought he was leaving racism and sexual intolerance behind in the regions where he initially experienced them. Plunge heart first into this emotive journey of growth, transformation of pain into armor, and the lessons that can be learned when one is true to themselves.

Tuesday, June 19, 7pm
Omerta Publications Presents:
KRA! & War in America
Genny Lim & William Cross reading from their new chapbooks

KRA!& War in America, covers

Born in San Francisco, Genny Lim, San Francisco Jazz Poet Laureate, earned a BA and an MA from San Francisco State University.  The poems in KRA! invoke history, myth, biography, political confrontations, and personal experience. Lim writes about fellow writers, musicians, and radical cultural activists Francisco X. Alarcon, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Fred Ho, and Alfonso Texidor. “Odes” are dedicated to the people of Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, and Flint, Michigan. In their lyric fiber, the poems themselves struggle for the survival of cultures of mutual respect and solidarity in the face of rapacious capitalism.

When War in America was printed by Arroyo-Sheldon Publishers in 1993, its battle-cry poems became an instant “hit” radical pamphlet—sold at human rights rallies and marches—and quickly disappeared as all copies of the small press run were snapped up. This 25th anniversary edition has those poems, some revised, and newer poems, and an excerpt from the libretto of John Brown’s Truth, William Crossman’s musical of récitatif, improvised music, and dance.

 Tuesday, June 26, 7pm
A Poetry Reading
with Neeli Cherkovski & Clark Coolidge

Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including his most recent collection, Elegy for My Beat Generation (Lithic Press). He was the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets (with Charles Bukowski) and Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cherkovski also wrote biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski, as well as the critical memoir Whitman’s Wild Children (1988). He has lived in San Francisco since 1974.

Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, experimental poet and jazz musician Clark Coolidge has been connected to both the Language movement and the New York School. His poetry utilizes syntactical and sonic patterns to engage, and generate, meaning. In a 1968 poetics statement, he noted, “Words have a universe of qualities other than those of descriptive relation: Hardness, Density, Sound-Shape, Vector-Force, & Degrees of Transparency/Opacity.” Coolidge’s numerous collections of poetry include his Selected Poems 1962-1985.

Tuesday, July 24, 7pm
The Annotated Big Sleep

The Annotated Big Sleep,cover

The first fully annotated edition of Raymond Chandler’s 1939 classic The Big Sleep features hundreds of illuminating notes and images alongside the full text of the novel and is an essential addition to any crime fiction fan’s library.

"Nothing, even a book as singular and archetypal as The Big Sleep, comes from nowhere. What a gift, to see in part how Chandler made it. Under just three names, these annotators number among them two poets, an archivist and literary scholar, a gifted crime novelist, and three sleuths; reading it conveys the vicarious thrill of their innumerable discoveries. Chandler lucked out."  Jonathan Lethem, from the forward

The three annotators will talk and read:

OWEN HILL is the author of two mystery novels, a book of short fiction, and several books of poetry. He has reviewed crime novels for the Los Angeles Times and the East Bay Express. In 2005 he was awarded the Howard Moss residency for poetry at Yaddo. He is currently coediting the Berkeley Noir anthology, forthcoming in 2020.

PAMELA JACKSON is an editor, scholar, and librarian specializing in California literary and cultural history. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and an MLIS from UCLA and was coeditor, with Jonathan Lethem, of The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick.

ANTHONY DEAN RIZZUTO is a professor of English at Sonoma State University, where he teaches (among other things) California ethnic literature and hard-boiled fiction. He is also a bookseller at Moe’s Books in Berkeley. He received his PhD from the University of Virginia.
Wednesday, August 1, 7pm
Christina Gerhardt on her new book:
Screening the Red Army Faction: Historical and Cultural Memory

Screening the Red Army, cover

Screening the Red Army Faction explores representations of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in print media, film and art. The book contributes both a new history and a new cultural history of post-fascist era West Germany that grapples with the fledging republic's most pivotal debates about the nature of democracy and authority; about violence, its motivations and regulation; and about its cultural afterlife.

Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor of German at University of Hawai'i at Manoa.


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

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