Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Year of the Rat Release with Marc Anthony Richardson & Vi Khi Nao

Join us on Saturday, March 25th at 6pm for the book launch of YEAR OF THE RAT by Marc Anthony Richardson, with an additional guest reading by Vi Khi Nao. 

In Year of the Rat, an artist returns to the dystopian city of his birth to tend to his invalid mother, only to find himself torn apart by memories and longings. Narrated by this nameless figure whose rants, reveries, and Rabelaisian escapades take him on a Dantesque descent into himself, the story follows him and his mother as they share a one-bedroom apartment over the course of a year.


Marc Anthony Richardson received his MFA from Mills College.  He is an artist and writer from Philadelphia. YEAR OF THE RAT is his debut novel.  He is currently working on THE MESSIAHS.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Resist! Film Series: Screaming Queens & Pay It No Mind, 3/22 6:30pm

This month, the Resist! Film Series is bringing you a double feature! Resist! is a monthly showcase of films and documentaries that focus on intersectionality, historical and contemporary activist movements, and radical resistance

SCREAMING QUEENS is a documentary from 2005 about the Compton's Cafeteria riot, where trans women and drag queens fought police harassment in San Francisco's Tenderloin in 1966, three years before the famous riot at Stonewall Inn in NYC.

PAY IT NO MIND: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON is a documentary from 2012 about Marsha P. Johnson, a vanguard of trans justice & radical activism who was at the forefront of the Stonewall Riots of 1969. She was an actress, model, sex worker, organizer, and co-founder with Sylvia Rivera of STAR ( Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries).

Monday, March 13, 2017

Resistance! Rebellion! with Amy Holman, Anna Mockler, & Bonny Finberg, 3/24 6:30pm

Join us at the store on March 24th at 6:30pm for a night of three fine writers sharing their work on the themes of resistance and rebellion, with glimpses of a better world.

Amy Holman is a poet and literary consultant occasionally writing essays and fiction in Brooklyn, New York, and who teaches poetry workshops at The Hudson Valley Writers Center. Magazine editors have nominated her poems and nonfiction for Pushcart Prizes, a fiction chapbook made it to finalist at Anchor & Plume in 2015, a poetry chapbook won the 2004 Dream Horse Press contest, and Robert Bly selected a poem for The Best American Poetry 1999. Her most recent book is Wrens Fly Through This Opened Window (Somondoco Press, 2010).

Anna Mockler’s novel, The Rat Hunt Boys, a black comedy of revolution in dystopia, was published 2016 by Autonomedia/ Unbearable. Her story collection, Burning Salt (StringTown Press) appeared in 2004.  Mockler’s fiction has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Sensitive Skin, Exquisite Corpse, and several anthologies, including Unbearables anthologies 2009 and 2011, and Wreckage of Reason: Anthology of XXperimental Prose by Women Writers (Vol. I 2008; Vol. II 2014), etc. She left Brooklyn for Seattle in late 2016.

Bonny Finberg’s novel, Kali's Day, was published in 2014 by Autonomedia/ Unbearable Books. She is the recipient of a 2014 Acker Award For Fiction.
 Other publications include a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era, (Sisyphus Press, NY) and a poetry and collage collection, Déjà Vu (Corrupt Press, Paris), as well as short work in numerous journals, e.g., Brooklyn Rail, Sensitive Skin, and anthologies like The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. She lives in New York City and is working on her second novel.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute Book Launch 3/19, 7pm

Join us at the store on Saturday, March 19th at 7pm for the launch of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute edited by Devon Angus and Ivy Anderson.

About the Event:

"A Voice from the Underworld," the serialized version of Alice Smith's story, originally published in the San Francisco Bulletin in 1913, has until its recent republication, gone forgotten as a key piece of radical U.S. history. Alice Smith's story attracted the attention of the famed anarchist and feminist activist Emma Goldman, who found "A Voice from the Underworld", and the many letters written in response by other working class women and sex workers, to offer a uniquely radical perspective on the questions of sex, class, gender, and marriage. The publication of "A Voice from the Underworld" also marks a significant transition in the career of newspaper editor Fremont Older, who later gained fame within radical circles for his work with criminals Donald Lowrie and Jack Black in the name of prison reform, and his defense of Tom Mooney and Warren Billings, San Francisco's own Sacco and Vanzetti, who were wrongfully convicted of bombing the pro-war "Preparedness Day" parade that took place in 1916. In 1917, Fremont Older would work with several of the sex workers he had met during the run of Alice's story to organize the first sex worker's rights protest in U.S. history, which took place on January 25th, 1917. Join Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus in a discussion about these early strains of activism and how they influenced later feminist, queer, and sex worker's rights movements.

About the Editors:

Ivy Anderson is a San Francisco–based writer who focuses on issues of ecology and radical history. Her reportage on water management issues was published in Water Efficiency Magazine and and her poetry in Poecology. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies with a minor in geography, runs a community garden, and is on the board of a bookstore collective in San Francisco.

Devon Angus is an artist, activist, and historian based in San Francisco. He composed and performed a conceptual folk operetta based on San Francisco history, The Ghosts of Barbary, throughout the Bay Area, Switzerland, and Italy. He organized and published a series of oral histories of immigrants in the Catskills region, and was the recipient of an arts grant through the New York State Council on the Arts for his show Songs and Stories of Old New York.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Strangers in a Strange Land Reading, 3/11 7pm

Join us at the bookstore at 7pm on March 11th for a night of readings and performances with the theme "strangers in a strange land." Writers and performers include:

Eve Packer

Ron Kolm
Violet Snow 
Carol Wierzbicki
Jim Feast
Francine Witte
Carl Watson
Tsaurah Litzky
Austin Alexis
Stella Padnos
David Pemberton
Lisa Freedman
Claudia Serea
Bonoi Joi
Tobi Joi
Robert Gibbons
Yuko Otomo
Steve Dalachinsky
Jason R. Gallagher
and a few more TBA!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Boog City 10.5 Festival, 2/17-2/19

Boog City's annual Presidents' Day Weekend event, Welcome to Boog City 10.5 Poetry, Music, Theater, and Film Festival, will take place from Fri. Feb. 17th to Sun. Feb. 19th!

For events taking place at other locations, check out the full event page here


Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.

$5 suggested

5:45 p.m. Anton Yakovlev
6:00 p.m. Sylvia Gorelick
6:10 p.m. Bruce Weber
6:20 p.m. Vyt Bakatis
6:30 p.m. Joanne Pagano Weber
6:40 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk, Laynie Browne and Patricio Ferrari reading and in conversation, Pt. 1
7:10 p.m. Riley Pinkerton & Henry Black (music)

7:40 p.m. break

7:50 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk, Browne and Ferrari, Pt. 2
8:20 p.m. Ron Kolm
8:30 p.m. Claire Donato
8:40 p.m. Timothy Donnelly
8:50 p.m. Alan Semerdjian
9:00 p.m. Katie Skare (music)


Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.

$5 suggested

11:30 a.m. Jackson Sturkey (music)
12:00 p.m. Laura Cronk
12:15 p.m. Chris Salerno
12:30 p.m. Megan DiBello
12:40 p.m. Sam Jablon
12:50 p.m. Davy Knittle
1:05 p.m. Thomas Devaney

1:20 p.m. break

1:30 p.m. Sarah Bartlett
1:45 p.m. Alyson Pomerantz
2:00 p.m. Gracie Leavitt
2:15 p.m. Katy Lederer
2:25 p.m. Dan Wilcox
2:40 p.m. Sparrow
2:50 p.m. Emmerson Pierson (music)

3:20 p.m. break

3:30 p.m. d.a. levy lives:
celebrating renegade presses series: Argos Books
co-editors Iris Cushing and Elizabeth Clark Wessel

3:30 p.m. Samantha Zighelboim
3:42 p.m. Bianca Lynne Spriggs
3:54 p.m. Isaac Fornarola, 1st set (music)
4:09 p.m. Jennifer Hayashida
4:21 p.m. Marina Blitshteyn
4:33 p.m. Amber Atiya
4:45 p.m. Isaac Fornarola, 2nd set (music)

5:00 p.m. break

5:45 p.m. Nomi Stone
5:55 p.m. Brent Terry
6:05 p.m. Ali Power
6:15 p.m. Eli Nadeau
6:25 p.m. JP Howard
6:35 p.m. Joel Allegretti
6:45 p.m. Bipolar Bradley Off Meds, 1st set (music)
7:05 p.m. Wendy Walters
7:15 p.m. Andrew James Weatherhead
7:25 p.m. Rachel Valinsky
7:35 p.m. Brooke Ellsworth
7:45 p.m. Amber Atiya
7:55 p.m. Aubrie Marrin
8:05 p.m. erica kaufman
8:20 p.m. Bipolar Bradley Off Meds, 2nd set (music)


Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.

$5 suggested

11:00 a.m. Brian Bonelli (music)
11:30 a.m. Robert Lopez
11:40 p.m. Maryam Parhizkar
11:55 p.m. Lynn Melnick
12:05 p.m. Jeff T. Johnson
12:15 p.m. David Segovia (music)

12:45 p.m. break

12:55 p.m. Buck Downs
1:10 p.m. Sarah Bernstein
1:20 p.m. Jessica Baran
1:30 p.m. Emily Toder
1:40 p.m. Justin Sherwood
1:50 p.m. Mariana Ruiz Firmat
2:00 p.m. Larissa Shmailo

Resist! Film Series Presents: Libertarias, Feb 16, 6:30pm

Join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, Feb. 16th for our third installment of the Resist! Film Series. We'll be watching Libertarias, a film about revolutionary feminists during the Spanish Civil War.

More about Libertarias:

In 1936, Maria, a young nun is recruited by Pilar, a militant feminist, into an anarchist militia following the onset of the Spanish Civil War. Guided by the older woman, Maria is exposed to the realities of war and revolution, and comes to question her former, sheltered life.

While fully immersed in the overall enthusiasm of revolutionary Spain, Pilar and friends find themselves fighting against deep gender inequality which complicates their efforts in the war against Francisco Franco's Nationalist/Fascist/Catholic forces. They encounter resistance even within their own Mujeres Libres organization as one woman tries to persuade them to stay and work in defense factories, while men try to convince them to go work as cooks, not front-line soldiers.

Resist! Film Series is a monthly showcase of films and documentaries that focus on intersectionality, historical and contemporary activist movements, and radical resistance.