This from Modern Times:

We are pleased to announce that the Modern Times Bookstore collective has secured a new location! We will be moving to 2919 24th Street, between Alabama and Florida, in the old China Books location. This space is smaller than our current one at 888 Valencia, but we believe it will offer us an important opportunity to focus our stock and prioritize our mission as a progressive resource for the bay area and a neighborhood bookstore for the Mission.

In our new location, we will continue to host community events and author readings, as well as maintain the broad selection of new and Spanish language books we have traditionally carried. We plan to begin moving fixtures and other items immediately, and will be opening the doors at 24th Street by the end of May.

Until the end of April, we will have our doors open at 888 Valencia, so please come enjoy our moving sale and buy books to lighten our load! The sale features 20-50% off most titles and will be getting better all month. We will be having a 40th Anniversary/Moving Party on Saturday, April 23rd from 3 – 6 pm with performances from Modern Times all-stars, and a volunteer moving party on our last day, April 30th. Additionally, we have many exciting events in the next two weeks, including the queer open mic, the Artist Within/Igniting the Genius Within, the launch of the collected works of Richard Tagett, readings from Afro-Latin@ Reader, the launch of Urban Homesteading, our Spanish Book Club, and Arab American Feminisms. Come celebrate our time on Valencia and help us move into the future! Thanks so much for all your support!

Love and Movement,

The Modern Times Bookstore Collective

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Founder/Executive Editor. I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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