Mission and genres: “Haymarket Books is a nonprofit, radical book distributor and publisher, a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change. We believe that activists need to take ideas, history, and politics into the many struggles for social justice today. Learning the lessons of past victories, as well as defeats, can arm a new generation of fighters for a better world.
Today, Haymarket Books is finding that book sales are growing. But, as editor Julie Fain tells us, the indie publisher still finds ways to remain true to their radical roots. Howard Lovy spoke with Julie at BookExpo America in Chicago.
It sounds like maybe fifteen years ago you might have been considered “out there,“ but I think you’re mainstream now with the rise of Bernie Sanders and criminal justice reform actually being talked about seriously by both parties.
Socialism is not a dirty word anymore and we’re happy to be a socialist publisher that has a wide range of titles on topics of interest for radicals and activists and people working for social change.We definitely consider ourselves to be part of the movement for social change, whether it’s criminal justice, race, or gender. All of our books are geared toward social change in some form.
Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity by Alison Flowers
The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop Edited by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, & Nate Marshall
More than a Score: The New Uprising against High-Stakes Testing by Jessie Hagopian
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
The John Carlos Story by Dave Zirin & John Carlos
Hopes and Prospects by Noah Chomsky
Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers by Arundhati Roy
Breaking the Sound Barrier by Amy Goodman