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

New Summer Hours
Tuesday-Friday 12-6.
Saturday and Sunday 12-5
Closed Mondays

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Much love from 1680 Market Street, San Francisco

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
Reading and In Conversation

emcee, Patrick Marks
Event recorded Fri Sept 10:

Cosponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade

Authors’ books available at our online shop.
Check under category Roxanne, Amy and James


Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Doors open at 6:30—Event starts at 7pm
At the 3rd Floor Loft of the McRoskey Mattress Co.
1687 Market Street, San Francisco

Rebecca Solnit in Conversation with Adam Hochschild

Orwell's Roses - cover
(Penguin Press)

Rebecca Solnit and Adam Hochschild will be discussing Rebecca's new book Orwell’s Roses.

Attendance is limited.
Ticket with purchase of book now available at The Green Arcade Online Shop.
Individual tickets on sale closer to the event depending on availability.

This is a masked event and vaccination cards will be mandatory.

This event will be livestreamed on YouTube.
Many thanks to the McRoskey Mattress Company

ABOUT ORWELL'S ROSES, from the publisher:

Sparked by her unexpected encounter with the surviving roses he planted in 1936, Solnit’s account of this understudied aspect of Orwell’s life explores  his writing and his actions—from going deep into the coal mines of England, fighting in the Spanish Civil War, critiquing Stalin when much of the international left still supported him (and then critiquing that left), to his analysis of the relationship between lies and authoritarianism.

Through Solnit’s celebrated ability to draw unexpected connections, readers encounter the photographer Tina Modotti’s roses and her Stalinism, Stalin’s obsession with forcing lemons to grow in impossibly cold conditions, Orwell’s slave-owning ancestors in Jamaica, Jamaica Kincaid’s critique of colonialism and imperialism in the flower garden, and the brutal rose industry in Colombia that supplies the American market.

The book draws to a close with a rereading of Nineteen Eighty-Four that completes her portrait of a more hopeful Orwell, as well as a reflection on pleasure, beauty, and joy as acts of resistance.

Friday, OCT 22, 2021 - 7pm Pacific Time
The Green Arcade
1680 Market Street, San Francisco

Jaime Cortez and Camille Roy

Jaime Cortez and Camille Roy, author photos

This in-person event is free and open to the public; audience will be limited to half normal room capacity, and proof of vaccination and masks are required. Video of the event will be live-streamed to The Poetry Center's YouTube Channel.

"Some people have to walk around with so many sad stories. They have to get up, brush their teeth, wash their face, go to work like everybody else, but they’re not like everyone else. Jaime Cortez is a wise guy with a wide heart, who sees what ‘no one else wants to see.’ These funny/tragic tales, luminescent with love, are lanterns for our dark times." —Sandra Cisneros

"This is a huge book; it belongs in the canon of the best queer writers. To read Honey Mine is to be inhabited by the largesse of the word ‘lesbian,’ body, sex, sexuality. And by a lesbian aesthetic of human relations, bookended by the author’s magnificent enduring love with her late partner Angie…" —Gail Scott

Jaime Cortez
is a graphic novelist, visual artist, writer, teacher, and occasional performer.

Camille Roy’s most recent book is ​Honey Mine: Collected Stories, edited by Lauren Levin and Eric Sneathen (Nightboat Books, 2021).

Cosponsored by The Poetry Center and The Green Arcade
Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

Now Available:
American Geography

Books signed by Sandra Phillips can be ordered from The Green Arcade’s Online Shop

American Geography


Recollections of My Nonexistence
Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Drowned River, cover

Click here to mail order!

Cinderella Liberator

Autographed by the author, Rebecca Solnit

Cinderella Liberator, cover

Click here to mail order!

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

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, 12-4
Closed Sundays

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