Congratulations Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor!

cover_0Be sure to catch Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s talk at this year’s Fair!

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, written by Princeton University scholar and activist Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and published by independent press Haymarket Books has won the 2016 Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book.

Established in 2014, the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for An Especially Notable Book honors nonfiction works of particular relevance to the current historical moment. The award recognizes writers whose work is of particular scholarly or journalistic quality, and also has purpose in providing ideological tools to inform and support struggles for cultural freedom and social, economic, and racial justice.

Dr. Cornel West writes that “Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has emerged as the most sophisticated and courageous radical intellectual of her generation” and that her “brilliant” book “is the best analysis we have of the #BlackLivesMatter moment of the long struggle for freedom in America.”

View Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s extended biography here.

Cleve Jones at the Zinn Book Fair!

when-we-riseWe are very pleased to welcome the legendary Cleve Jones to the Third Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair. His new book, When We Rise: My Life in the Movement  comes to us at a time when remembering San Francisco social movement history is more important than ever.

Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. As did thousands of young gay people, Jones moved to San Francisco in the early ’70s, nearly penniless, finding a city electrified by progressive politics and sexual liberation. Jones met lovers, developed intense friendships, and found his calling in “the movement.” Jones dove into politics and activism, taking an internship in the office of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, who became Jones’ mentor before his murder in 1978. With the advent of the AIDS crisis in the early ’80s, Jones emerged as one of the gay community’s most outspoken leaders. He co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and, later, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the largest public art projects in history.

Beyond the Ballots: First Program Announcements of 2016



Howard Zinn always reminded his readers that everyday people can build a better world together. We chose the theme of this year’s Book Fair  “Beyond the Ballot Box” as a way to remind ourselves that social change has rarely come only from elections. In that spirit, we make our first program announcements for 2016!.There’s much more to come, so be sure to check back soon as we roll out more panels, discussions and readings. 

Just some of the fantastic authors speaking at the Fair will be: Emory Douglas (former Black Panther Party Minister of Culture, and artist); Walidah Imarisha (Angels With Dirty Faces, Octavia’s Brood);  David Zirin (Nation Magazine Sports Columnist, Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics and the Struggle for Democracy); Tamara Draut (Demos editor, Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America); Peter Linebaugh (The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful History of May Day); Michelle Gonzales (The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Hardcore Band)  Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation) AK Thompson (Keywords For Radicals) and TJ English (The Savage City, Havana Nocturne).


  • We are still accepting applications for publishers and exhibitors to table  at the Howard Zinn Book Fair 2016. Apply here.
  • The application process for readers and presenters is now closed. We have received some excellent proposals and will be making initial program announcements in the first week of August.
  • If you missed the deadline, but still want to be considered, please email us directly at