Coming Soon: Vol. 4 The City Is Already Speaking
Featuring Q.R. Hand, Kimi Sugioka, Val Ibarra, Kim Shuck and more
preparing for fall publication -
100% of proceeds benefit our bookstores
Wishing you peace and wellness during this international Health crisis. Our stores are here and serving customers in various capacities.
Please reach our individual stores for details on how they are
serving customers during the pandemic:
Dog Eared Books - Open For Business, 11-7 Daily
Castro and Valencia locations
Go Directly to Go-Fund-Me page
Bird and Beckett -Streaming live events and selling books
Limited browsing,TUES-SUNDAY 11-7
The Green Arcade - Open For Curbside Pick-up Mon-fri, 12-4
Book Castle - New Member, Stay Tuned
Alley Cat Books- CLOSED FOR NOW/SUPPORT BY FUNDING
Special Orders, Gift Certificate Purchases and Donations can all be made through our unique websites.
Contact us here for updates and #StaySafe, #stayWell
One-Man Live Stream from Bird and Beckett, April 7
Revolutionary poet, Tongo Eisen-Martin
ANNUAL BOOKS TO PRISONS BOOK DRIVE AND READING
MLK National Day of Service JANUARY 20, 2020
Purchase a book and postage at participating stores and we will send it to an incarcerated person in need of reading matter. This year we've added a live reading beginning at 5 PM at Alley Cat.
Read this fantastic write up of the event!
San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck
Alley Cat Writer-in-Residence Thea Matthews
Pocho Spanglish-Speaking Poet Josiah Luis Alderete
Reading selections from the 2019 PEN Prison Writing Awards Anthology, As I Hear The Rain
CELEBRATING OUR UNITED BOOKSELLERS AT
SAN FRANCISCO'S Annual Literary Festival LITQUAKE October 2019
OCT 16 7 PM BIRD & BECKETT BOOKS AND RECORDS:
An Evening with David Talbot IN CONVERSATION (WITH DENISE SULLIVAN)
Oct 18 7 PM DOG EARED CASTRO: Alvin Orloff's Book Launch!
Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997
United Booksellers at Litcrawl October 19
5 PM The Green Arcade:
Sonoma County WRiters Camp
6:30 PM The Green Arcade
Queer Words Podcast
6:30 PM Dog Eared Valencia
6:30 PM Alley Cat Books
Voz Sin Tinta
8 PM Alley Cat Books
Currents of Resistance
8 PM Dog Eared Valencia
And more, to be announced
April 27, 2019 All Day
Independent Bookstore Day
The City Is Already Speaking Vol. 3
Free Chapbook with Purchase over $25 at Participating stores!
May 7, 2019 The Green Arcade 7 PM
Dmitry Samarov: Music To My Eyes
A Talk, A Slideshow
introduced by Ben Terrell, publisher of the cult Zine,
May 12, 2019 Adobe Books 4-6 PM
Live Reading: The City Is Already Speaking Vol. 3
Gears Turning Poetry Series,
Hosted by San Francisco Poet Laureate, Kim Shuck
ANNUAL MLK DAY OF SERVICE, JANUARY 21, 2019:
(YOU BUY THE NEW BOOK, WE SHIP directly TO California PRISONERS and to institutional libraries. Shop at Alley Cat and at Adobe: We ask for Donations Toward Postage and have a list of requested titles beginning at 1 PM on Monday)
December 6, 2018 7PM
Publication Party: Kelly Dessaint & Denise sullivan
New Zine and Chapbook!
Alley Cat Books, San Francisco
December 8 7:30 PM
Poetry: Michael Lally
The GReen Arcade, The Hub, San Francisco
DECEMBER 9 4-6 PM
San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck Presents
Monthly Reading Series,Gears Turning
Adobe Bookshop, 3130 24th St./Calle 24, San FRancisco
The City Is Already Speaking Vol. 2 Chapbook Release! + open Mic
Featuring The Poets of The City Is Already Speaking Vol. 2
AVOTCJA, LEROY F. MOORE, JR., NORMA SMITH AND RICHARD SANDEReLL
october 18 6:30 PM
LITQUAKE PRESENTS AT
BIRD AND BECKETT, GLEN PARK, SAN FRANCISCO
THE CITY IS ALREADY SPEAKING: THE SOUND OF CALLE 24
FEATURING, SAN FRANCISCO POET LAUREATE, KIM SHUCK
with Josiah Luis Alderete, Dee Allen, Simon Crafts, Flavia Elisa,
E.k. Keith, Thea Matthews, Linda Noel, Raul Ruiz,
Denise Sullivan & Ricardo Tavarez
August 18 2-4 PM
Al Robles Literary Series Presents
at Manilatown Heritage Center
868 Kearny St. San Francisco
The City Is Already Speaking: THE SOUND OF CALLE 24
featuring, Josiah Luis Alderete, Flavia Elisa, Tongo Eisen-Martin,
E.K. Keith, Thea Matthews, Denise Sullivan & Ricardo Tavarez
April 28 All Day
INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY
THE CITY IS ALREADY SPEAKING: The Sound of Calle 24
FEATURING KIM SHUCK, ALEJANDRO MURGUIA,TONGO EISEN-MARTIN,
Linda Noel, E.K. KEITH AND MORE!
7PM PUBLICATION PARTY AND LIVE READING
ALLEY CAT BOOKS 3036 24TH ST.
THEA MATTHEWS, JOSIAH LUIS ALDERETE, DEE ALLEN
DENISE SULLIVAN, RAUL RUIZ, SIMON CRAFTS,
FLAVIA ELISA AND RICARDO TAVAREZ
6/9/18 ALL DAY
Marco Razo at Alley Cat
Calixto Robles at Alley Cat
Holly Ayala: Luna's Press at Adobe
4/14/18 ALL DAY
Calixto Robles screen printing
cambiowashere FILM: The Audition
Holly Ayala: Luna's Press KIDS PRESENTS KIDS CRAFTS
Arturo Mantecon: Poetry SERIES
Holly Ayala + Luna's Press
Lisa "Tiny" Gray-Garcia and Leroy F. Moore, Jr.
12/2/17 2-5 PM
Alley Cat Books
Info Session:Affordable housing Workshop
Come learn how to take advantage of the free affordable housing coaching and financial services now available to San Francisco artists.
An Arts Commission grant has made one-on-one counseling services available to SF artists to guide you through the affordable housing application process, as well as provide a number of other important financial services such as free financial counseling and free tax preparation.
Hosted by Alley Cat Bookshop. Housing services provided by the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA).
12/7/17 4-5 PM
join UBSF and Friends of the Library for Thursdays en la Misíon
Poetry + Open Mic
at Alley Cat and Adobe
(Celebrating Alley Cat's 6th Anniversary from 7-10 PM!)
EVERY MONDAY & TUESDAY IN NOVEMBER, 8-10 PM
ADOBE HOSTS FRIENDLY WRITING SPACE FOR NANOWRIMO
4-6 PM San Francisco
Poet Laureate Kim Shuck's
Gears Turning Poetry Series continues at Adobe Books
with Tony Robles, Shizue Seigel and Norman Zelaya
celebrating the release of the Manic D Anthology,
Your Golden Sun Still Shines
Hosted by editor, Denise Sullivan
10/26 7-9 PM
Dog Eared Books
25th Anniversary Party
10/13/17 7 PM Make Out Room: SOLD OUT! THANK YOU!
Litquake and United Booksellers Fundraiser
When You Love A City And It Doesn't Love you Back
hosted by Denise Sullivan
with Tony Robles and featuring Barbara Stauffacher Solomon,Don Skiles, Alice Rogoff,
Shizue Seigel, E. Hagan,Patsy Creedy, Stefanie Doucette, Kelly Dessaint, Dee Allen.,Raluca Ioanid, Michael Koch And John Goins,music by Victor Krummenacher and Alison Faith Levy.
10/14/17 12-2 PM
Children's Story time with Jorge Argueta at Adobe Screen printing at Alley Cat with Calixto Robles
6/10/17 6 PM Adobe Books
Pelekinesis authors reading from their latest books! PETER CHERCHES: Autobiography Without Words DON SKILES: Rain After Midnight PETER WORTSMAN: Footprints in Wet Cement
6/20/17 6:30 - 10:30
Dog Eared Castro's 1 Year Anniversary Party
with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jeff Chang,
Cleve Jones, Charlie Jane Anders,
and more to come!!!
6/22/17 7 PM Alley Cat Books
The Lavender and the Red
Join Emily K. Hobson for a reading and discussion of her book Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left
United Booksellers Presents-Independent Bookstore Day
Postmodern Times Resistance Reading #2, April 29
The First 100 Days
Jennifer Joseph, Tony Robles, Kim Shuck,
Special Guest John Goins + More
Hosted By Denise Sullivan
Alley Cat Books, 4-6 PM
UBSF Screen Print Poster
(with purchase-supply limited)
Postmodern Times Resistance Reading #1
Presented by United Booksellers and SF Vision with
Tony Robles, Kim Shuck, Tongo Eisen-Martin,
& Jennifer Joseph
hosted by Denise Sullivan
Adobe Bookshop 4-6 PM
Annual MLK Day of Service Event
A portion of all sales will be donated to
the Stand With Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Fund
Our Annual Litquake Benefit
Purchase advance tickets
United Booksellers at 17th Annual SoMarts
Dia de los muertos exhibition
Independent Bookstore Day
Full schedule of events
Modern Times Bookstore Collective
Authors Robin Yassin Kassab &
Leila Al Shami read and discuss
Syrians in Revolution and War
Plus: Receive a 10 percent discount on all world affairs titles plus free tote with purchase of $100
7 PM BRAVE NEW JOKES
Featuring local favorite and Nickelodeon accredited Karinda Dobbins
A free monthly comedy show with the best up and coming talent in the Bay Area. Producer Michael Brandon and Nicole Calasich curate every lineup, and perform new material every show, featuring a diverse range of comedians from Bay Area headliners to comedians from Comedy Central, E!, and other major networks.
Plus: Discounted art books and children's books and a kids craft table for making a tote bag
Alley Cat Books
7 PM Release party for I've Been on Tumblr by Jesse Prado, American Mary by Alexandra Naughton, and Better Day by Lake Lady
Poetry, prose, and music featuring performances by Jesse Prado, Alexandra Naughton, and Lake Lady, along with special guests: Fisayo Adeyeye, Amy Berkowitz and Geri Yong-Whee
Plus: UBSF journal with purchase
Dog Eared Books
Books, Books and More Books
Plus: UBSF journal with purchase
A PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM OUR NEWEST UBSF MEMBER STORE,
DOG EARED BOOKS CASTRO!
For Immediate Release:
March 16, 2016
Dog Eared Books Announces Second Location: Dog Eared Castro Opens in May, Gala Opening Event June 20.
We at Dog Eared Books are thrilled to announce we’ll be opening a satellite store at 489 Castro Street this coming May, 2016! Housed in the space formerly occupied by A Different Light Books, Dog Eared Castro arrives just in time to fill the void created by the sad closure of Books Inc. on Market Street, the neighborhood’s only bookstore. Like our original location at 20th and Valencia, our Castro location will sell new, used, and discount books, along with stationery, posters, cards, and maps. As a neighborhood-oriented business, we intend to stock both a wide selection of locally-based writers and LGBTQIA titles, along with classics, best sellers, and off-beat books we wish were best sellers. The store will also maintain a full calendar of readings, book groups, release parties, and other adventurous literary events.
“The Castro is one of the few neighborhoods in America you can honestly call both trend-setting and uniquely historical. As such it deserves not just a good book shop, but a great book shop," says proprietor Kate Rosenberger. “We plan to work very hard to see the Castro gets what it deserves."
Since opening our doors in 1992, Dog Eared has dedicated itself to serving San Francisco’s culturally diverse and creative communities. Despite the advent of on-line shopping and "e-books," readers have responded enthusiastically to our traditional brick-and-mortar style bookselling. We hope Castro residents will celebrate the return of a bookstore to the neighborhood's main drag, a fun, friendly spot where people from all walks of life can find something to read, someone to talk with, or simply hang out and commune with the world of books.
We’ll be announcing details about our June 20 Gala Opening soon, so stay tuned!
Phone: (415) 282-1901
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
National Day of Service
Books to Prisons event
Buy a book and postage, we send.
2-5 PM Adobe Bookshop, Alley Cat Books and Modern Times Bookstore
10/16/15 7:00 PM-9:30 PM LITQUAKE!
Will Never Be Defeated
The Make-Out Room
3225 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía calls the 24th Street Corridor/Calle 24 “Bookstore Row,” where the coalition of stores—Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books, and Modern Times Bookstore Collective—all deliver unique attributes to a neighborhood already rich in history and culture. Yet given the changes in the Mission and citywide, independent booksellers, authors, and artists remain besieged by displacement. Tonight we celebrate what bookstores bring to our neighborhoods. Hosted by Alejandro Murguía, with Kate Rosenberger and Denise Sullivan. Featuring Jason De León, Kelly Dessaint, Susana Huerta, Michael Koch, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Kate Schatz, Kim Shuck, Miriam Klein Stahl, and Katie Tomzynski. Music by Cambiowashere, Penelope Houston, Christine Shields, and Bob Forrest. Proceeds to benefit United Booksellers and Litquake.
5/2/15 12:00 PM-9:00 PM
California/Independent Bookstore Day
24th Street/Calle 24
Please join us for a full day of author appearances, arts, culture, and community activity, brought to you by UBSF and the coalition of 24th Street/Calle 24 booksellers:
Bike to Bookstores
Ride with members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition from
store to store and receive gifts and/or refreshments at each stop for all cyclists
12:50 PM Alley Cat will be serving coffee
1:15 PM Modern Times is giving away SF community garden guides
1:45 Adobe Books promises additional surprises
For the remainder of the day, the bookstores of 24th Street we will be hosting art, music, authors and more. Tell a friend and bring one.
2:00 PM Alley Cat
Sitio Tiempo Press Children's Book Reading
Rinya + Indian Canyon Coloring Book
4:30 PM Modern Times
New York Times best-selling author David Talbot (Season of the Witch, Brothers) will be reading, talking, and taking questions on San Francisco's political past, present, and future with a special emphasis on the upcoming mayoral race.
Plus, final days of Oaxacalifornia, a collaborative show of Oaxaca, Mexico and US artists.
7:00 PM Alley Cat
San Francisco Poet Laureate, Alejandro Murguia: Reading
Opening Reception: Beryl Landau "Paintings of San Francisco"
8:00 PM Adobe
Live music, featuring "dark, surfy folk" duo, Condorosa
5/14/15 6:30-7:30 PM
Adobe, Alley Cat, and Modern Times
host simultaneous readings during the
International Flor y Canto Festival
Three days of local, national, and international poets
reading throughout the Mission
For further information, visit our websites:
The Green Arcade:The Bookstore in the Hub
Alley Cat Books and Gallery
Dog Eared Books
Bird & Beckett Books and Records
Luna's Press Books
Wrap up on Books To Prisons 2020
Eleven San Francisco Bookstores Receive Assistance From City
New Yorker feature on Bolerium Books
Independent Bookstore As Essential Political Act
Dog Eared Books to Open Castro Location
Books Inc. Castro Closing June 1
New Survey Shows Real Estate Boon Threat to Bay Area Non-Profits (Like Our Beloved Litquake).
Ann Patchett on the Return of the Bookstore
The Future of Modern Times Bookstore is You
Literary Long Weekend: San Francisco
City of Bookstores!
What We're Reading: Five Bookstores, Five Bestseller Lists
Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Changing San Francisco
SF Bookstores: A KQED Perspective
Heaven For Books Moves On
Bay Area Rivals New York As Bookstore Mecca