Forty years as an independent bookseller is no small accomplishment, but University Press Books' 40th Anniversary Benefit celebrates the longevity of one of the Bay Area's most vital and even defining venues for literature, discourse, and community. The store has served as a sort of second home for some authors; authors who, when you ask them about UPB, say things like "sanctuary" and "a sense of actually belonging to something worthwhile" (you can read testimonials on its website). These are major poets: American Book Award winner and organizer of UC Berkeley's incredible Holloway Reading Series C.S. Giscombe; former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass; heroes of experimental writing Lyn Hejinian, Brenda Hillman, and Geoffrey G. O'Brien. In addition to the readings, artist Vita Wells will say a few words about her installation. There will be food and drinks and, no doubt, a joyous gathering of supporters of both the store and of Bay Area literary culture.