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Haymarket Books
Parent companyCenter for Economic Research and Social Change[1]
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationChicago
DistributionConsortium Books
Key people
  • Anthony Arnove
  • Ahmed Shawki
  • Julie Fain
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicssocialism
Official websiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Haymarket Books is a left-wing non-profit, independent book publisher based in Chicago.[2]


Haymarket Books was founded in 2001 by Anthony Arnove, Ahmed Shawki and Julie Fain, all of whom had previously worked at the International Socialist Review.[3][4] Its first title was The Struggle for Palestine, a collection of essays by pro-Palestinian activists including Edward Said.[3][4] Haymarket aims, in Fain's words, "to be a socialist workplace in a capitalist world".[4]

The name of the publishing house refers to the 1886 Haymarket affair, in which an explosion and ensuing gunfire at a labor demonstration in Chicago resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians.[3][4] Eight anarchists uninvolved in the bombing were subsequently convicted of conspiracy, of whom seven were sentenced to death.

Haymarket was cited by Publishers Weekly on their list of fast-growing independent publishers in 2017[5] and 2018.[6] As of 2019, Haymarket publishes 40 to 50 books each season.[4]


Notable Haymarket authors include Michael Bennett, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Eve Ewing, Naomi Klein,[7] Arundhati Roy, Rebecca Solnit, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Howard Zinn, and Dave Zirin. In 2005 Haymarket published the sportswriter Dave Zirin's What's My Name, Fool?, a collection of essays on the relationship between sports and politics.[3] In 2018 Haymarket published José Olivarez's poetry collection Citizen Illegal, which won the Chicago Review of Books award for best poetry and was shortlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award.[4]

Haymarket is known for publishing "provocative books from the left end of the political spectrum."[3]


  1. ^ Pixel, Partisan. "CERSC". cersc.org.
  2. ^ "Current Affairs Drive the Mission (and Revenue) at Haymarket Books". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Messinger, Jonathan (November 15, 2011). "Haymarket Books". timeout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Stoner, Rebecca (February 21, 2019). "Haymarket Books publishes reading material for radicals". Chicago Reader. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2017". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  6. ^ "Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2018". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "How a Small Press Landed a Big Fish in Naomi Klein". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved May 4, 2018.

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