Call For Proposals 2017

If history is to be creative, to anticipate a possible future without denying the past, it should, I believe, emphasize new possibilities by disclosing those hidden episodes of the past when, even if in brief flashes, people showed their ability to resist, to join together, occasionally to win. I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past’s fugitive movements of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.”
-Howard Zinn

The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of People’s History, Past Present and Future. This November 19, 2017, in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ll hold our fourth fair bringing together authors, activists, ‘zinesters, bloggers, publishers and community groups for a day of readings, discussions and workshops and we’ll have a big room full of booksellers with radical books and grassroots community groups.

The theme of this year’s book fair is The World We Want. The authoritarians who just took power in DC are simply the latest symptom of governments and economic systems that do not serve the needs and aspirations of the vast majority of people of the United States and the world. Since day one of the Trump Administration, bold and creative movements have taken to the streets to protest the extreme right-wing shift his election signifies. At this year’s Fair, we’ll ask What is the world we want to live in? How do we connect survival and reform fights to this revolutionary vision? What alliances need to be built in order to fight for a better world? What lessons can be learned from the People’s History to build contemporary movementsThe Howard Zinn Book Fair is a non-sectarian left space to ask these questions and explore the answers together.

We’re looking for panels, workshops and talks that engage these questions rather than continue to try to plead, coerce and reason for nominal reforms. Here and all over the globe, movements are creating alternatives to the existing structures of government and economy. So at the Howard Zinn Book Fair 2017 we’ll focus on people, groups and ideas which can help us create our own vision of a better world, with more responsive, radically democratic institutions and economic systems to bring about The World We Want.


Guidelines for proposals:

1) Proposals which engage with the theme will be given preference.

2) All sessions are 60 minutes.

3) The Book Fair takes place in a Community College, in low-tech classrooms. We do not provide audio or visual equipment under any circumstances. Presenters are responsible for for bringing their own equipment if needed. (Screens are in every classroom and are available for use.)

4) There must be a contact person on every proposal who is also appearing in the session. Publishers and agents :Please do not send in proposals for batches of your authors. Instead ask your authors to submit their own proposals.

5) We welcome back speakers who have presented in the past, but please do not repeat what you have previously presented.

6) Book talks, panels, workshops and performances will all be considered.