Bolerium Books specializes in American and International social movements including labor and radical history, African American studies, Hispanics in the US, Gay and Lesbian studies, Asian and Asian American history, the Spanish Civil War, China, Japan & Korea in both Western & Eastern languages. We also carry a large stock of out-of-print books and pamphlets in other areas as well.
THE BOLERIUM CREW:
John Durham: A former graduate student of economics and an activist in the struggle against the Vietnam War and for gay rights, John left school to found Bolerium in 1981. He has a rich background in labor history, with particular emphasis in the Trotskyist movement to which he formerly belonged.
Sue Englander, Ph.D., formerly an editor with the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford, specializes in materials related to the Civil Rights movement and the Women’s movement. She works part-time at Bolerium while teaching US History at San Francisco City College and San Francisco State University.
Alexander Akin, Ph.D., whose first international trip was a visit to North Korea at the age of 15, first started part-time at Bolerium while finishing a degree in Chinese history at Harvard University. He has taught at Brandeis University and Roxbury Latin School, and is the author of works on East Asian cartography and medieval Islamic numismatics. He has expanded the bookstore’s purview to include Asian language materials, while also serving as cataloguer of materials related to the international labor movement.
Lawrence “Rocky” Heck, active in the book trade since 1975, has also worked in theater organizations in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is our specialist in Africana, theater, and the arts, with a sideline in early Gay pulp fiction novels.
Joe Marchione, who ran Valhalla Books in the same building as Bolerium for several years, came to bookselling from the restaurant industry. Aside from his work cataloging and photographing books, his skills in presentation are now applied to the careful packing of Bolerium’s shipments.
Jay Kinney, a prominent underground comic artist of the 1970s (Anarchy Comics, Bijou Funnies, etc.) and recent author of The Masonic Myth (HarperOne, 2009), specializes in underground newspapers and counterculture ephemera. PM Press recently published a paperback anthology of Anarchy Comics.
David Park, formerly an independent bookseller, has four decades of experience in the field; he also ran a books-for-prisoners program for more than a decade out of Bolerium’s storeroom.
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by van Vliet, JeremiasTokyo : Toyo Bunko , 1956 (click for more details)
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by Andrews, Stephen PearlNew York : Charles B. Norton , 1854 (click for more details)
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