Howard Zinn Book Fair Indiegogo Fund Drive 2017

Help us make the Fourth Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair a success! The Fair brings together readers with dozens of radical and progressive authors, bloggers, publishers, and freedom fighters. We are dedicating this year’s fair to the them of “The World We Want.” Funds raised will help us keep the event free and open to the public and provide professional childcare. This year’s authors include Sekou Odinga, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Aja Monet and Adam Hochschild and many more. Please visit and donate:


 Our good friend Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt, says that you should donate. So that settles it! Check out the great perks from Haymarket Books, AK Press, and PM Press.

Black Reconstruction in Our Times, Presented by the Center For Political Education at the Howard Zinn Book Fair November 19,2017

The Howard Zinn Book Fair is pleased to collaborate with the Center for Political Education for a special multi-session track, “Black Reconstruction in Our Times.” This track will explore and update the ideas presented in W.E.B. DuBois’ classic “Black Reconstruction in America: 1960-1880. This work was the first full-length study of the role black Americans played in the crucial period after the Civil War, when the slaves had been freed and the attempt was made to reconstruct American society. We hope that these conversations will contribute to our understanding of how to build a movement against racism today.

More program announcements coming soon! 

devDevelopment Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans Jordan Camp (Policing the Planet), Laura Pulido (Development Drowned and Reborn)  in conversation with Just Cause/Causa Justa and Movement Generation
firststrikeFirst Strike: Educational Enclosures in Black Los Angeles: Author Damien Sojoyner (First Strike) and educators Chrissy Zavala and Mariame Kaba
blackradFutures of Black Radicalism, Ed Gayle Theresa Johnson Seth Markle, author Motor Cycle on Hell Run: Tanzania, Black Power and the Uncertain Future of Pan-Africanism, organizers Sanyika Bryant (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement), and Ntayna Lee (LeftRoots)
readyReady to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in Los Angeles County author Saba Waheed in conversation with Danielle Mahones (Black Workers Project), Melissa Burch (of University of Texas on employment for formerly imprisoned people)
downloadResisting Repression, Jakobi Williams, From The Bullet to the Ballot and Donna Willmot, former political prisoner

Call For Proposals Now Closed.

The Call For Proposals for the Howard Zinn Book Fair 2017 is now closed! We’ll be making our final selections this week and sending out formal letters of acceptance early next week.  Judging from what we have received, it’s going to be a great Fair. Thanks to everyone who made a proposal.

Thank You !

The Howard Zinn Book Fair Coordinating Committee extends our thanks to everyone who made this year’s Fair a smashing success. Over 1800 people attended! Watch this site for announcements as we organize for 2017!

November 29th Film Night With Alex Cox!

14907593_1236353546386372_3268135082912431868_nThe Howard Zinn Book Fair welcomes legendary film director and writer Alex Cox (El Patrullero, Repo Man, Sid and Nancy) to San Francisco for a special screening and discussion at Piano Fight in San Francisco on November 29th, 7:30 144 Taylor Street.
Cox will present his 1987 film Walker, a neo-Western biopic about William Walker, an American mercenary who made himself president of Nicaragua in 1856. Walker is almost unknown today but at the time he was wildly popular, and U.S. newspapers wrote about him more than they did about the sitting U.S. presidents during that period.

Alex Cox decided to make a film about William Walker, on location in Nicaragua, during the height of the Cold War in Central America, when Ronald Reagan’s government was pouring millions of dollars into supporting sociopathic dictators and paramilitary death-squads across the region. Cox, Joe Strummer of The Clash (who recorded the soundtrack and who appears briefly in the film), and a band of determined producers, crew and cast worked with the brand new revolutionary Sandinista government of Nicaragua’s film ministry, to produce what has been described as an “Acid Western” and what Cox himself says is his best work.

Please join us for an evening of cinema and discussion at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29th at Piano Fight, located at 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco between Eddy and Turk. The nearest BART Station is Powell Street.