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)

Thursday, April 2, 7pm
Author Terry Bisson, at The Arcade, interviews
Paul Krassner, in the Mojave, via Skype.

[thanks to Bedford & Bowery for the following:]
“Paul Krassner sometimes gets touted as a forerunner to comics like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who blend fact and fiction into combustible political cocktails. But the Daily Show can seem lame and tame compared to The Realist, launched in 1958 when Krassner was a Mad magazine contributor living in the East Village.

Printed on cheap paper, the no-holds-barred political journal ran left-wing articles and in-your-face cartoons that would never have seen the light of day in the timid mainstream press (1967ľs “Disneyland Memorial Orgy” comes to mind).

The Realist‘s motto – “irreverence is our only sacred cow” — seemed to extend to Krassner’s gigs as a standup comic and as a co-founder of the Yippies, who ran a 45-pound pig named Pegasus for President in 1968. After it ceased publication in 2001, Krassner — who by then had long since relocated to California — remained a prolific writer, garnering awards that included a 2004 Upton Sinclair Award for Freedom of Expression from the ACLU.

In his latest book, a slender 112-page paperback collection of articles titled Patty Hearst and the Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials, 82-year-old Krassner takes the stance of a serious personal journalist for outlets like the Berkeley Barb, The Nation and Playboy. Krassner answered B+B’s questions below from the home in Desert Hot Springs that he shares with Nancy Cain, whom he married many years ago on April Fool’s Day.”

Terry Bisson is the editor of PM Press’ Outspoken Author Series. His latest book is Any Day Now, 2013, Overlook Press.

Saturday, April 11, 7pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
@ 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market St.

SFAI Poetry Students: A Salon and Reading
The God Formula II: The Mattress Formulas


$5. (All students, all schools: Free.)
Monday, April 20, 7pm
A Cookie Pop-Up! A Book Party!  
EDGEWISE: A Picture of Cookie Mueller with author Chloé Griffin
A Special Event at MAC—Modern Appealing Clothing
(387 Grove Street--at Gough)

Cookies and a cocktail provided!

“Quite possibly the best history of New York’s much-reprised ‘last avant-garde’ of the 1980s, Edgewise reinvents the inspired amateurism of Mueller’s work, and also creates unforgettable portraits of John Waters’s Baltimore and Provincetown in the 1970s, ‘when the water was still clean.’” —CHRIS KRAUS, author of I Love Dick and Summer of Hate

“Cookie looked like Janis Joplin meets Jayne Mansfield; a redneck hippie with a little bit of glamour drag thrown in. She never led a safe life; unsafe was her middle name. She lived on the edge, always.” —JOHN WATERS (excerpt from EDGEWISE)

Cookie Mueller was a firecracker, a cult figure, a wild child, a writer, a go-go dancer, a mother and a queer icon. A child of suburban 1950s Maryland, she made her name as an actress in John Waters's films, including Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, and then as an art critic for Details magazine and a columnist for the East Village Eye, gaining a reputation as a writer of hilarious stories and a maven of New York’s downtown art world.
Although she died from AIDS in 1989, Cookie’s notoriety and impact have grown in recent years. She has become a counter-culture icon.

Edgewise tells the story of Cookie’s life in the form of an oral history assembled from more than 80 interviews with the people who knew her, including John Waters, Mink Stole, Gary Indiana, Sharon Niesp, Max Mueller, Linda Yablonsky, Richard Hell, Amos Poe and Raymond Foye.

This book marks the first time Cookie's full story has been told.
Chloé Griffin is an artist, actress and filmmaker living in Berlin. She was born in California and grew up in Canada.

Wednesday May 13, 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
At the 3rd Floor McRoskey Mattress Factory, 1687 Market St.

Elizabeth Alexander, Author

Elizabeth Alexander presents her memoir, a moving and genre-transcending meditation on the early death of her beloved artist husband,
Eritrean-born Ficre Ghebreyesus.

Professor Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright and teacher. She was recently named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, as well as the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University.

In 2009, she composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Tickets: $10.00, free with the purchase of the book
Tickets and books go on sale 04/21/2015 at The Green Arcade
Hosted by the McRoskey Mattress Company

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.”

Tickets: $10.00, free with the purchase of the book
Tickets and books go on sale 03/05/2015


The SF Public Press
Latest Print Edition is One Dollar.
SF Public Press website

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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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