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Modern Times Bookstore

Date: 2015-09-01 13:41
From: Modern Times

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READ Great New Fall Books:

* Tell Homeland Security-We Are the Bomb – Boots Riley (Haymarket Books)

* Inside/Outside: Six Plays From Palestine and the Diaspora – Edited by Naomi Wallace
& Ismail Khalidi (Theatre Communications Group)

* Cool Don’t Live Here No More: A Letter to San Francisco – Tony Robles (Ithuriel’s Spear)

* Building Community, Chinatown Style – Gordon Chin (Friends of CCDC)

* Bright Lines – Tanwi Nandini Islam (Penguin Books)


Attend Fall Events

Friday, September 11th, 7 PM: Jane Ward
Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men

Jane Ward illustrates that sex between straight white men allows them to leverage whiteness and masculinity to authenticate their heterosexuality in the context of sex with men.

By understanding their same-sex sexual practice as meaningless, accidental, or even necessary, straight white men can perform homosexual contact in heterosexual ways. These sex acts are not slippages into a queer way of being or expressions of a desired but unarticulated gay identity. Instead, Ward argues, they reveal the fluidity and complexity that characterizes all human sexual desire.

In the end, Ward’s analysis offers a new way to think about heterosexuality—not as the opposite or absence of homosexuality, but as its own unique mode of engaging in homosexual sex, a mode characterized by pretense, dis-identification and racial and heterosexual privilege. Daring, insightful, and brimming with wit, Not Gay is a fascinating new take on the complexities of heterosexuality in the modern era.

Ward is associate professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California Riverside, where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies.


Saturday, September 13th, 4 PM: Allie Cashel

Suffering The Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in the Age of Denial

Allie is 24 years old and has been suffering from chronic Lyme disease for 16 years, yet the medical community refuses to recognize her symptoms as the result of an infectious disease. Even after losing her ability to read and write at the age of 17, doctors told her that it was all in her head.

In the United States alone, at least 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, and it is estimated that 20 percent of them go on to develop chronic symptoms of the disease. Despite these numbers and routine misdiagnoses, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) claim it is impossible for the Lyme bacteria to survive in the body after standard antibiotic therapy. In Suffering the Silence:

Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial, Cashel paints a living portrait of her fight against the highly contested disease, featuring the stories of chronic Lyme patients from around the world and their struggle for recognition and treatment.

Thursday, September 17th, 7 PM: Susanne Jonas
Guatemala–US Migration/Transforming Regions

This comprehensive study of five phases of Guatemalan migration—both Maya and ladino—to the United States from the late 1970s to the present illuminates the transregional experiences of those who pass through Mexico.


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Guatemala-U.S. Migration: Transforming Regions,
co-authored by Susanne Jonas and Nestor Rodríguez,

is a pioneering study of Guatemalan migration to the United States from the late 1970s to the present. It traces the journeys of both Mayan and ladino Guatemalans in a regional context, including transit experiences in Mexico. Based on the book’s case study of San Francisco, Susanne Jonas will focus this evening’s conversation on two dramatic human rights struggles facing Guatemalan and other Latino immigrants in 2015:

(1) to preserve their legal and political rights amidst this summer’s attack on “Sanctuary Cities,” with San Francisco at the center of the storm; and

(2) to attain a decent quality of life and remain in the Mission District, amidst the rampant tide of gentrification, evictions, and displacement.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 7 PM
Círculos lectoras y lectores de literature en español
La Oculta de Héctor Abad Faciolince

Las reuniones tienen lugar en la librería a las 7 pm. Las y los participantes reciben el 10% de descuento en la compra de los libros para el grupo. Los libros están para la venta sobre la mesita en la sección de libros en español. ¡Participa en una amena charla sobre las grandes novelas publicadas en español!

Thursday, September 24th, 7 PM Aaron Leonard
Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists

Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists is a history of the Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party — the largest Maoist organization to arise in the US — from its origins in the explosive year of 1968, its expansion into a national organization in the early seventies, its extension into major industry throughout early part of that decade, the devastating schism in the aftermath of the death of Mao Tse-tung, and its ultimate decline as the 1970s turned into the 1980s.

Aaron Leonard is a writer and historian. He publishes regularly in,, History News Network, and Physics World. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Friday, September 25th, 7 PM

San Francisco Queer Open Mic
Signups at 7 PM; Words at 7:30
Hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez and Blythe Baldwin
With special guests to be announced

Thursday, October 1st, 7 PM: Juan Alvarado Valdivia: ¡Cancerlandia!

Diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma three weeks after his thirtieth birthday, Juan Alvarado Valdivia finds himself immersed in Cancerlandia—oncology appointments, waiting rooms, and chemotherapy infusions at San Francisco General Hospital. Afraid that the illness will destroy his fledgling relationship and writing aspirations, Alvarado Valdivia tries to lead a normal life. He bikes three miles to his treatments while listening to heavy metal, attends writing workshops, and continues his hard-partying ways.

When his girlfriend Paola ends their on-again, off-again relationship after a particularly troubling episode of binge drinking, he begins to acknowledge his anger and alcohol abuse. Comic and unsparing, ¡Cancerlandia! chronicles Alvarado Valdivia’s journey as he not only fights to survive his personified adversary, Mr. Hodgkins, but also as he struggles with his own self-destructive spirit.

Valdivia is a Peruvian American writer who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He received his MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. He lives in Oakland with his wife.

Sunday, October 4th, 7 PM: Ian Brennan:
Sister Maple Syrup Eyes

Ian Brennan’s third book, the novella Sister Maple Syrup Eyes, is a work of literary fiction, though the writing was inspired by his own life-altering experience at age 21 when the course of his life was changed by a rape. Readers+Writers Journal praises it: ‘Sister Maple Syrup Eyes is a beautiful book. Achingly beautiful.’ Louder Than War states the book is, ‘….alive with the energy of an eye-witness.’

“I have read no better description than Sister Maple Syrup Eyes of how a rapist humiliates and owns his/her victim, not only during the attack but long afterwards. Everyone should read this moving and poetic book, but especially those who discount the seriousness of rape.” –Jody Raphael, author of Rape is Rape: How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming Are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis.

Brennan was first published at the age of nineteen and has contributed regularly to publications such as Guitar Player and Zero Magazine.

He is also the author of Anger Antidotes (W.W. Norton), Hate-less, and the forthcoming How Music Dies (or Lives): Field-recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts, (Allworth/Skyhorse).


Friday, October 16th, 7 PM

Modern Times, Adobe and Alley Cat Present at the Make-Out Room
3225 22nd St.
$10 at the Door
Our Bookstores—United—Will Never Be Defeated

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—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 and affirm why we must keep them there. Hosted by Alejandro Murguía, with Denise Sullivan and Kate Rosenberger.

Featuring Jason De León, Kelly Dessaint, Susana Huerta, Michael Koch, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl, Kim Shuck, and Katie Tomzynski Music by Cambiowashere, Penelope Houston, Christine Shields, and Bob Forrest. Proceeds to benefit United Booksellers and Litquake.

Saturday, October 17th, 8:30-9:30 PM: Litcrawl
The Arts Resistance: Write Piercingly

Writing piercingly. Write with meaning. The Arts Resistance presents three generations of writers from Afghanistan, America, Belgium, Canada, China, and Russia. Featuring: Tamim Ansari, Charlie Getter, Yanina Gotsulsky, Simon Rogghe, Xiaojuan Shu, Jeremiah Walton, Zarina Zabrisky

Sunday, October 25th, 3 PM
Film Screening/Open Forum
Where Is Hope

Where Is Hope: The Art of Murder, an online film, chronicles disabled victims murdered by police as well as the activists/artists who have fought and are fighting police brutality against people with disabilities. Many have lost disabled love ones and friends from police injustice. The online film is co-produced by Emmitt Thrower and Leroy F. Moore Jr. Two main stories of police brutality emerge in the film, resulting in the victim’s loved ones becoming disabled as a result of the tragedy. The work of many disabled activists and artist/activists like Leroy Moore, Keith Jones, Mesha Irizarry, Lisa “Tiny” Gray- Garcia, Lethea Warren, is explored. A community discussion will follow the screening.

Tuesday, October 27th, 7 PM
Círculos lectoras y lectores de literature en español
Ese príncipe que fui de Jordi Soler

Las reuniones tienen lugar en la librería a las 7 pm. Las y los participantes reciben el 10% de descuento en la compra de los libros para el grupo. Los libros están para la venta sobre la mesita en la sección de libros en español. ¡Participa en una amena charla sobre las grandes novelas publicadas en español!

Thursday, October 29th, 7 PM
Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky
The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement

In The Occupiers, Michael Gould-Wartofsky offers a front-seat view of the action in the streets of New York City and beyond. Through the use of material gathered in the course of eighty interviews and two years of on-the-ground investigation, Gould-Wartofsky traces the occupation of Zuccotti Park—and some of its counterparts across the United States and around the world—from inception to eviction.

He takes up the challenges the occupiers faced and explores the ways in which occupied squares became focal points for an emerging opposition to the politics of austerity, restricted democracy, and the power of corporate America.

“Michael Gould-Wartofsky’s thorough, level-headed and fair-minded account of Occupy Wall Street pulls together evidence from many quarters, including his own on-the-ground experience, and should prove clarifying for all past and future Occupiers.” —Todd Gitlin, author of Occupy Nation

Every Saturday, 5:30 PM

(except when there is an in-store event):

Gay Shame is committed to a queer extravaganza that brings direct action to astounding levels of theatricality. Join Gay Shame in plotting and fighting the rabid assimilationist monster with a devastating mobilization of queer brilliance. Meets in the back of Modern Times Bookstore every Saturday.


Hold Your Event, Book Launch, Art Opening,
Meeting Or Workshop At Modern Times!

Whether you’re planning a one-time writing workshop or a regular community meeting, consider holding your event at Modern Times. Our attractive event meeting space at the back holds up to 40 people, and is perfect for a meeting or workshop of up to 20 people. Our space is ADA wheelchair accessible, open to all ages and conveniently located close to public transit in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Our rental rates operate on an affordable sliding scale.

Please contact the Community Events Coordinator at for more information.

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