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

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.


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.