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)

Tuesday, September 12, 7pm
Designing San Francisco:
Art, Land, and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay

With author Alison Isenberg

Designing San Francisco, cover
Princeton University Press

A major new urban history of the design and development of postwar San Francisco.

"Alison Isenberg's Designing San Francisco explores a series of controversies from the 1940s through the 1970s, decades when activists, artists, environmentalists, and preservationists challenged establishment approaches to land use, public sculpture, and urban redevelopment in the Bay Area. Her fascinating book is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design." - Dolores Hayden, Yale University, author of The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History

Friday, September 15, 7pm
In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte
Photographs and text by David Bacon

In the Field of hte North, cover
University of California Press

The conditions of farm workers have deteriorated greatly since the 1970s and 80s.  Taking inflation into account, wages are less than half.  In photographs and testimonies, In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte shows that these conditions are provoking a new wave of organizing efforts.  It is the first book to do so visually, and in the words of farm workers themselves.  It is a completely bilingual book, with extensive captions for all the images and oral histories in accessible narrative form.
“What is distinctive about David Bacon´s work is his persistence and determination to be present at decisive moments in the lives of workers. His photo essays allow us to feel that we are there, observing the events unfolding.  We are witnesses to intimate moments of farmers working at dawn in the onion fields.  We hear the testimonies of people participating in political action - with the strength of the community filling the air.” Gaspar Rivera-Salgado, professor of Chicano Studies, UCLA

David Bacon is a California-based writer and photographer.  He is the author of several books about migration, including The Children of NAFTA, Communities Without Borders and Illegal People – How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants. Bacon was a factory worker and union organizer for two decades with the United Farm Workers, the International Ladies Garment Workers and other unions. Today he documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights. His photography has been exhibited in the U.S. Mexico and Europe, and his articles and photoessays have been published widely. As a photojournalist, David Bacon has been documenting through photographs and stories the lives of farm workers since 1988.


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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