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"Howard Zinn Speaks" Book Launch Feat. Dramatic Readings and Songs

"Howard Zinn Speaks" Book Launch Feat. Dramatic Readings and Songs

Saturday, November 10, 2012 (All day)

Friday, Nov. 9, 7:00 pm at Young Chicago Authors, 1180 N. Milwaukee, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60642

with Editor Anthony Arnove, Kevin Coval, Young Chicago Authors, and Special Guests TBA


Sponsored by Haymarket Books, Voices of a People's History, and Young Chicago Authors
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HOWARD ZINN (1922-2010) was one of the great orators of the twentieth century; illuminating our history like no other with his classic, A People's History of the United States. The first ever collection of his speeches, Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963-2009--on war, racism, social movements and more--will be brought to life in Chicago through dramatic readings and songs. Praise:

“To hear him speak was like listening to music that you loved: lyrical, uplifting, honest.” --Michael Moore
"I hesitate to comment on Howard Zinn Speaks because of my unshakable and overt bias for anything Zinn. But then again having a Zinn bias just means you favor truth and justice over lies and oppression." --Lupe Fiasco

“Always enlightening, often stirring, an amalgam of insight, critical history, and wit, blended with charm and appeal.” --Noam Chomsky

“Howard Zinn’s speeches, beautifully gathered together here by Anthony Arnove, are a joy and an inspiration.” --Marisa Tomei

“These speeches are righteous songs filled with the boldness, vision, humor, depth and urgings of his profoundly human voice.” --Eve Ensler

“Howard Zinn was one of us, the best part of us. Enjoy these speeches. Hear his voice. Then hear your own, closely.” --Josh Brolin

"Great reading for students and teachers—especially when read aloud." --Rethinking Schools

HOWARD ZINN (1922–2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. He wrote the classic A People's History of the United States, “a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.”
The book, which has sold more than two million copies, has been featured on The Sopranos and Simpsons, and in the film Good Will Hunting. In 2009, HISTORY aired The People Speak, an acclaimed documentary co-directed by Zinn, based on A People's History and a companion volume, Voices of a People's History of the United States
Zinn grew up in Brooklyn in a working-class, immigrant household. At 18 he became a shipyard worker and then flew bomber missions during World War II. These experiences helped shape his opposition to war and passion for history. After attending college under the GI Bill and earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia, he taught at Spelman, where he became active in the civil rights movement. After being fired by Spelman for his support for student protesters, Zinn became a professor of Political Science at Boston University, were he taught until his retirement in 1988. Zinn was the author of many books, including an autobiography, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, the play Marx in Soho, and Passionate Declarations. He received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Eugene V. Debs award for his writing and political activism.

ANTHONY ARNOVE wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon; and co-edited with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People’s History. Arnove’s writing has appeared in The Financial Times, The Nation, Mother Jones, and more. He has appeared on BBC, Democracy Now!, Sky News, and public radio programs across the country.

Please contact Sarah Macaraeg, Publicity, Haymarket Books, at, 312-315-8476 (cell) for review copy and interview requests. Anthony Arnove is available for select interviews to discuss Howard Zinn Speaks.


Young Chicago Authors

Voices of a People's History

Haymarket Books

Howard Zinn Speaks
Pub date: Oct. 26 | Haymarket Books, Simultaneous release in
Trade Cloth, $26.95, 320 pp, ISBN 978-1-60846-223-0 | Trade Paper, $18.95, 320 pp, ISBN 978-1-60846-259-9
Enhanced E-book, $12.99, 320 pp, ISBN 978-1-60846-260-5 | E-book, $9.99, 320 pp, ISBN 978-1-60846-228-5