Call for Proposals: Second Annual Howard Zinn Bookfair 2015

The second annual Howard Zinn Book Fair will be held on November 14th, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are currently accepting proposals for readings, workshops and panels. We’re especially interested in conversations about the radical potential of People’s History and aim to be radically inclusive of many left political traditions and communities.

You can make a proposal by visiting this quick survey: Call for Proposals: Second Annual Howard Zinn Bookfair 2015.

A Book Fair volunteer will respond to you no later than June 2015. Questions? Feel free to drop us a line at

Note on elevator access and apology.

We want to thank every one of the over 1100 people who made the Book Fair an inspiring success. We also want to acknowledge that due to several factors, elevator service was delayed for many people who needed it to fully participate in the day. Please accept our apologies and know that this issue will not occur at any future HZB event. If you have any questions about this, please email

Join us for the People’s Plenary!

immediately following the Howard Zinn Book Fair at 5:30, Mission High School Auditorium

Following the First Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair, please join us for the People’s Plenary– a celebration of the ways we find hope in difficult times. Our MC will be Nina Serrano, host of KPFA’s La Raza Chronicles. Keynote speakers are reknowned authors Robin DG Kelley and Rebecca Solnit,  Performances by: Dregs 1 (Hip-Hop), La Collectiva (Popular Theater, Walidah Imarisha (Poet) and Aimmee Suzara (Poetry).

Robin DG Kelley will award our first annual People’s Plenary Award to the Marcus Bookstore community. Until their eviction this year, Marcus Books was the longest-open Black bookstore in the United States. The campaign to save it brought international attention to the displacement crisis in San Francisco as well as Black out-migration.

The People’s Plenary also includes readers inspired by the Voices of the People’s History of the United States, a Howard Zinn edited collection of speeches from organizers, visionaries and troublemakers from throughout history. Voices guests include Supervisor Eric Mar, USF Professor Rachel Brahinsky and Labor Organizer Maria Guillen, and activist Eric Talbert.

Beautiful Book Fair Poster by Melanie Cervantes

Howard Zinn Book Fair_final Design O-ppMelanie Cervantes is a Xicana graphic artist who creates images that reflect the hopes and dreams of social movements and that catalyze people to action. Melanie’s work includes black and white illustrations, paintings, installations and paper stencils, but she is best know for her prolific production of political screen prints and posters.  Employing vibrant colors and hand-drawn illustrations, her work moves those viewed as marginal to the center — featuring powerful youth, elders, women, and queer and indigenous peoples. Melanie’s training as an artist began with her mother and father.  She learned color theory while helping her mother select fabric for school clothes at Los Angeles swap meets; and she developed some of her technical skills by watching her dad repurpose neighborhood junk into her childhood treasures.

WorkTales/La Colectiva On Stage

AraceliOur evening plenary event (5:30 start, auditorium) will feature La Colectiva’s  “Nuestras Vidas/Nuestros Testimonios – Domestic Workers On Stage!” Join us for a performance excerpt from the powerful new oral history theater production about the lives of Immigrant Latina domestic workers. Join them as they tell of building lives for themselves and their families under the most difficult conditions imaginable, with a sense of humor, dedication and fierce commitment.” La Colectiva has collaborated with City College of San Francisco’s Labor and Community Studies Department to produce this important popular theater.

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.