Thanks to our Sponsors: City Lights Foundation and Rainbow Grocery

The Howard Zinn Bookfair is grateful to our first two official sponsors: Rainbow Grocery Cooperative and the City Lights Foundation.


The worker-owned Rainbow Grocery has been part of San Francisco’s Mission District since 1975 and has been an important part of the Food Justice movement.

For nearly five decades, City Lights has published some of the most important books of poetry and People’s History; including titles by Howard Zinn and Angela Davis. Their foundation exists to help build a culture of discourse and dissent.

The People’s History of…Comedy!

Joining us at our evening program will be progressive comedy giants Karinda Dobbins and Nato Green! Watch this space for more exciting announcements, coming soon.


Karinda Dobbins

Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grownups laughing long past her bedtime, she took that as her cue to sneak out of her room and eavesdrop while they entertained themselves with Richard Pryor records. She not only listened, she learned, and grew up to hold her own as a keen comedic commentator.


Nato Green

Nato Green was summed up more or less accurately by The East Bay Express as, “erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug.” He performs on Mondays at the legendary alternative comedy show at Lost Weekend Video,  The Business. His podcast The Nato Sessions is produced by 3200 Stories. His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy. Nato has been named San Francisco’s Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, and CBS. Nato wrote for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX and toured nationally with W. Kamau Bell & Janine Brito as Laughter Against the Machine. Laughter Against the Machine filmed a tour documentary from the front lines of American controversy.

Evening Keynote: Robin DG Kelley!

robindgkelleyThe Howard Zinn Bookfair is honored to welcome Robin D.G. Kelley as one of our evening program keynote speakers! Dr. Kelley will be on hand to present a lifetime achievement award in People’s History to Marcus Books.

Robin DG Kelley is a groundbreaking radical historian and author of: Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012)Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (The Free Press, 2009), Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class (New York: The Free Press, 1994), Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1990)

His research has explored the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music; visual culture; contemporary urban studies; historiography and historical theory; poverty studies and ethnography; colonialism/imperialism; organized labor; constructions of race; Surrealism, Marxism, nationalism, among other things.

Next Howard Zinn Bookfair Coordinating Committee Meeting

Got some extra time on your hands? Want to help organize the best bookfair ever? Come on over to the next Coordinating Committee meeting: Tuesday,February 25th, 2014 6:30 at the Green Arcade Bookstore 1680 Market Street, San Francisco.

It’s Official! Howard Zinn Bookfair Set for November 15th, 2014

The Howard Zinn Bookfair is set for November 15th, 2014 at the Mission High School in San Francisco. Keep checking back for exciting program and publisher announcements.

First Organizing Meeting of 2014

The first Howard Zinn Bookfair Organizing meeting of 2014 will be held at the Green Arcade Bookstore, 1680 Market Street. (Wednesday January 29th, 6:30. We are welcoming new members with minimal hazing.

NEW DATE: First Organizing Committee Meeting!

Our first Organizing Committee meeting will be held at the Wednesday June 19th, 7:30 at Green Arcade Bookstore, 168o Market Street, San Francisco. Anyone interested in helping out is welcome. Light pot-luck. Bring snacks and drinks to share if you can.

The Howard Zinn Bookfair will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area (most likely Oakland) in Fall of 2014. It is a celebration of the books that make us rethink our roles in the world and connect people with hidden histories.



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