Haymarket Books Profiled for “Small Press Month”


Haymarket Books, an organization that will be tabling at the Summit, was profiled in the Chicago Tribune as part of “Small Press Month.”

This is an excerpt from the profile on Haymarket Books, which was founded in 2001:

How many people are on your staff? As a press within a non-profit, we have a unique staff model. A few of us work on our publishing projects full time, but by and large we collectively work on all of the projects that flow out of our non-profit, the Center for Economic Research and Social Change (CERSC), which has hosted a number of speaking tours and also publishes a magazine. We work freelance designers and copy editors to pull it all off; and most importantly, our focus on social justice has brought us a truly amazing array of savvy, passionate volunteers that frequently help us promote our books and staff events across the country…

What do you wish more people knew about your press? We’d like people to know that we truly believe in activism and the power of ordinary people coming together for change. For us, our work does not begin and end with books. We believe, as the great historian Howard Zinn said, that “reading and resistance go hand in hand.” You can find us in the bookstores, and you can also meet us in the streets at local demonstrations. We’re here in Chicago and we love to collaborate with others who do good work. We recently co-hosted leading equal marriage activist Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, with two dynamic local organizations, Join the Impact and Young Chicago Authors. We also set up shop at WBEZ’s Hip-Hop Winter Block Party. We aim to be where there are people who want to change the world and we love to collaborate.

Where can people find you on the Web? haymarketbooks.org

Want to learn more about Haymarket and perhaps even purchase a book or two from them? Come to the “Art, Access & Action” Summit on Friday, April 9th. Haymarket Books will have a table throughout the day.


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