Books for changing the world

2021: (Still) Publishing in a Pandemic

During another year of health, economic, and political crises, as well as inspiring struggle by workers and oppressed people around the world, Haymarket has published dozens of new books, ranging from urgent interventions critical to analyzing and organizing in the current period, to rigorous volumes that explore radical traditions and revolutionary politics of the past and present, to indispensable poetry about Palestinian liberation, trans joy, mass incarceration, and more.

Here are 25 of our 2021 publishing highlights (all currently 40% Off):

A reflection on prison industrial complex abolition and a vision for collective liberation from organizer and educator Mariame Kaba.

An urgent, global account of the migration crisis and the function of borders across political, social, cultural, and economic systems.

In a sweep through seven centuries from 1350 to 2050, the work explains how catastrophes—pandemics, wars, and climate crisis—have shaped the destiny of empires and world orders.

This updated and expanded edition of Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's groundbreaking book features a new chapter and a foreword by Angela Y. Davis.

A riveting and unique look at the connections between Trump, neo-fascists, and billionaire donors pursuing unfettered capitalism.

An essential collection of Teen Vogue contributions on climate justice that makes an urgent argument for intersectional activism.

Over the last decade, author and activist Astra Taylor has helped shift the national conversation on topics including technology, inequality, indebtedness, and democracy. The essays collected here reveal the range and depth of her thinking, with Taylor tackling the rising popularity of socialism, the problem of automation, the politics of listening, the temporal challenge of climate catastrophe, and more. 

A collection of interviews with the world’s leading public intellectual from the time of the rise of Donald Trump to power to the end of his presidency.

Rifqa is Palestinian poet Mohammed El-Kurd’s ode to his late grandmother, and to the Palestinian struggle for liberation. ‘Jerusalem is ours.’

There Are Trans People Here is a testament to the healing power of community and the beauty of trans people, history, and culture.

Mahogany L. Browne’s evocative book-length poem explores the impacts of the prison system on both the incarcerated and the loved ones left behind.

Weaving together long-form oral histories and shorter testimonios, the book offers a multivocal peoples’ history of disaster that fosters a greater understanding of the failures of governmental disaster response and the correlating perseverance of the people impacted by these failures, highlighting the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.

This easy-to-use guide explains how to recruit, nourish, and fortify writers of color through innovative reading, writing, workshop, critique, and assessment strategies.

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel about resilience, forgiveness, hope, and what it means to find your own voice behind prison walls.

A compelling argument that re-building the international labor movement requires solidarity with migrant workers and opening borders.

Coup analyzes the conditions that led to the 2019 coup in Bolivia and details its repressive aftermath.

“In the face of accelerating fascism and a planet on fire, David Palumbo-Liu provides a road map for finding our political voices by speaking ‘out of place.’ This is an urgent call to seize the moment before it’s too late." —Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

This edited volume argues that any effort to understand racialized police violence is incomplete without a focus on the role of police in constituting and reinforcing patterns of environmental racism.

Merging documentary poetry from the epicenter of an epidemic with the story of viruses in the evolution of humanity, If God Is A Virus gives voice to the infected and the virus.

In his highly anticipated second poetry collection, Doppelgangbanger, Cortney Lamar Charleston examines the performance of Black masculinity in the U.S., and its relationship to family, love and community.

Is there an alternative to capitalism? In this landmark text Chomsky and Waterstone chart a critical map for a more just and sustainable society.

This indispensable volume surveys revolutionary upheavals across the world between 1989 and 2019, drawing lessons for theorizing revolution today.

Award-winning poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor pays tribute to her departed son Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor of the legendary hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest in this intimate collection.

Smoking Lovely is one of the foundational texts of anti-gentrification Nuyorican literature, inspiring a whole generation of poets in their attempts to survive and subvert the neoliberal city.

A stirring memoir by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall: historian of slavery, veteran political activist, and widow of Black Bolshevik author Harry Haywood.