In the brief time since we started publishing in 2001, Haymarket has published more than 200 titles. Haymarket Books was recently one of ten publishers named by In These Times magazine as being a key member of "The Progressive Media Network and Its Allies." In 2009, Library Journal's editor Barbara Hoffert called us her "top find of the convention" in a report on "Great Discoveries" at BookExpo America 2009. And that same year, Haymarket had its first New York Times best-seller, with Amy Goodman's Breaking the Sound Barrier.
Haymarket Books seeks to drive a wedge into the risk-averse world of corporate book publishing. Our authors include: Amy and David Goodman, Dahr Jamail (winner of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism), Mike Davis, Dave Zirin, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Wallace Shawn, Breyten Breytenbach, David Barsamian, Ilan Pappé, Giuliana Sgrena, Jeremy Scahill, Camilo Mejía, Elizabeth Laird, Sidney Lens, Dennis Brutus, Amira Hass, Mark Steel, Alfredo Molano, Michael Schwartz, David Cortright, Avi Lewis, Naomi Klein, and Iraq Veterans Against the War. Our authors have been featured on Democracy Now!, Free Speech TV, CNN, C-Span Book TV, BBC Radio, National Public Radio, WNYC, all Pacifica Radio stations, Al Jazeera, Fox, AlterNet, TomDispatch.com, and ZNet, among other radio, TV, and internet outlets, and in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Nation, Progressive, In These Times, Mother Jones, Guardian, Independent, New Statesman, Red Pepper, and other print media.
In 2008, Haymarket started a Spanish publishing project, bringing out its first three titles, with Blackwater, the New York Times bestseller by Jeremy Scahill, Intervenciones by Noam Chomsky, and Nadie es illegal by Justin Akers Chácon and Mike Davis. Haymarket will publish three books by Amy and David Goodman in Spanish in the coming year. In 2009, Haymarket also extended a long-term partnership with the journal Historical Materialism, Brill Publishers, and the Historical Materialism Book Series to make available the entire Historical Materialism Book Series in paperback format. Haymarket also became the exclusive paperback publisher of the Studies in Critical Social Sciences Book Series.
Projects in development for 2011 include new books by Frances Fox Piven, Chris Lehmann, Moshé Machover, Oliver Stone, and Tariq Ali, among others.
Haymarket is a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change. CERSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization highlighting alternative voices, especially those that have been pushed to the margins. CERSC seeks to contribute to a greater insight and awareness of the injustices that exist in society and the many efforts at the grassroots to right these wrongs. CERSC has received support from Lannan Foundation, Caipirinha Foundation, and the Wallace Global Fund, as well as many individual contributors.
ABOUT CONSORTIUM BOOK SALES AND DISTRIBUTION
Haymarket is distributed in the United States via Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. Consortium grew out of a small book wholesaling cooperative in 1985 to become a full-service distributor, and quickly earned a reputation as an advocate for independent publishers. CBSD now represents more than ninety independent publishers from the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Australia, enabling them to successfully reach the trade, library, and academic audiences for their books. CBSD understands the importance of ideas, and its goal as a distributor is to introduce those ideas—some that may otherwise not be heard—to the world. CBSD has overseen successful New York Times bestselling books from Kurt Vonnegut and Noam Chomsky, among others. CBSD publisher authors also include Howard Zinn, Charles Bukowski, Elfriede Jelinek, Che Guevara, Tony Kushner, Pablo Neruda, and Arundhati Roy, and their honors include Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and Nobel Prizes.
CBSD is part of Perseus Books Group, named Publisher Weekly 2007 Publisher of the Year. That means CBSD shares distribution with major publishers such as Basic Books, Basic Civitas, Da Capo, PublicAffairs, and Running Press, as well as smaller houses such as Nation Books, while retaining its own identity and decision-making structure. This gives us greater leverage in the market without giving up our independence.
Haymarket also has global distribution via Publishers Group Canada and Publishers Group West International Book Sales Group, Macmillan in Australia and New Zealand, and Turnaround in the United Kingdom and the European Union. Our books have a global reach and are sold in every imaginable market, including military bases worldwide.
PRAISE FOR HAYMARKET
"Haymarket is a fine example of a forward-thinking indie actively seeking out and nurturing new audiences rather than passively complaining about the decline of literature's impact on American society." —Johnny Temple, Book Standard
—Powells Books Blog
"To survive, democracy needs a truly radical, truly independent press more than ever before. We need to create a culture in this country in which reading and resistance go hand-in-hand. That's why I'm a proud supporter of Haymarket Books, which has inherited the critical, fighting spirit of its namesakes."
"Once again, we see the importance of existing outside the network of conglomerate control. The realm outside such control used to be inhabited by small, family-owned publishers, but those have largely disappeared. The main hope today comes from the new wave of small independent publishers, largely not-for-profits, whether de jure or de facto. Firms like Seven Stories, Haymarket, and … [Melville House] are playing an increasingly important role in making debate possible, though of course they lack the resources of the larger firms."
—André Schiffrin, founder, The New Press, in his book A Political Education (2008)
"Essays by Arundhati Roy and Wallace Shawn, plus reflections on the contemporary world by Noam Chomsky and Breyten Breytenbach. Top picks from a big New York house, right? Wrong. These authors are all being published this fall by Chicago-based Haymarket Press, truly a small press that thinks big and my top find of the convention. Roy's Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers (Oct.) argues that Hindu nationalism and economic reform are thwarting India's democratic efforts, turning the country into a police state. Shawn's Essays (Sept.), his first collection and ranging over his entire career, move from the act of playwriting to considerations of privilege, while Breytenbach's Notes from the Middle World (Nov.) considers the artist's role in a shrinking global environment. Chomsky's Hopes and Prospects ponders political activism in the Western Hemisphere."
—Barbara Hoffert, "Small Presses, Big Books," from the July 15, 2009, edition of Library Journal's "Great Discoveries" at BookExpo America 2009