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Rebecca Solnit

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of eighteen or so books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including the books Men Explain Things to Me and Hope in the Dark, both with Haymarket Books; a trilogy of atlases of American cities; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's and a regular contributor to the Guardian.

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  • The Stop Trump Reading List from Haymarket Books

    Our slogan at Haymarket Books is "Books for Changing the World." But books alone can't change the world; ideas become a material force only through the people who organize and fight for change.

    In a sense our entire catalog is made up of "books to stop Trump and the grotesque system that spawned him;" we publish books of radical politics, theory, and history intended to arm those looking to understand the world in order to change it.

    In that spirit, we've put together this short list for all of you who are looking for resources to understand Trump's election, how we got to this point, and how we can organize to fight for a better world:

    Hope in the Dark
    by Rebecca Solnit

    Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

    Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar

    The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa

    No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis

    For Young People: 101 Changemakers: The Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History, edited by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran



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  • “We’re putting out books that speak to the current moment.”

    Current Affairs Drive the Mission (and Revenue) at Haymarket Books

    Claire Kirch for Publishers Weekly | October 14, 2016



    Haymarket Books has always prided itself on being a mission-driven press, rather than one that focuses on the commercial viability of its acquisitions. But the expansion of its list in recent years, including more books about hot-button issues by prominent authors, has dramatically boosted its top line. The publishing and distribution arm of the Chicago-based Center for Economic Research and Social Change, Haymarket is celebrating its 15th anniversary this fall. The company has 12 employees and finished the 2015–2016 fiscal year on August 31 with a 21% increase in revenue compared to the previous year. Fiscal year 2014–2015 was just as noteworthy, with a 25% spike in revenue.


    "We're putting out books that speak to the current moment," said publicity director Jim Plank. "Authors are coming to us because they know that we're one of the best places to be if [they] are trying to publish a book about social justice."

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Books

  • The Mother of All Questions

    Rebecca Solnit’s timely follow-up to her national bestseller Men Explain Things to Me offers a refreshing take on contemporary feminism.
  • Los Hombres Me Explican Cosas

    A landmark essay that went viral, inspired the word “mansplaining,” and prompted fierce arguments.
  • Hope in the Dark

    Solnit reminds us of how changed the world has been by the activism of the past five decades.
  • Men Explain Things To Me

    A landmark essay that went viral, inspired the word “mansplaining,” and prompted fierce arguments.