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WORD: 'Voices of A People's History of the United States' author Howard Zinn to hit SF

Author Howard Zinn will host a performance of "Voices of A People’s History of the United States" (Seven Stories Press) with a sterling cast of readers and musicians including Benjamin Bratt, Josh Brolin, Stairwell Sisters, Diane Lane and Clarence Thomas on Thursday, February 26, event co-producer Haymarket Books announced.

Zinn, a historian, playwright, social activist and author of 20 books who is best known for penning "A People’s History of the United States," kicks off the event at 7 pm at the Mission High School Auditorium, located at 3750 18th Street in San Francisco.

A People’s History of the United States has become an iconic textbook among readers interested in different perspectives of American history. It’s been widely assigned to classrooms as an alternative history textbook, breaking the 1 million copies mark in 2003, and has had several follow-up editions published since its first edition debuted in 1980.

General admission tickets to the event at $20, or $10 with a student ID, are available at Bay Area independent bookstores including City Lights Books, The Green Arcade, Modern Times Bookstore and Moe's Books. You can also get tickets online at the People's History website.

Event co-producer Hay Market Books said that Premium "VIP" reserved seating and the opportunity to make a donation to the Haymarket Books Young Readers Fund is also available online, at a variety of levels, including $100, $250, $500, and $1,000. For more information about VIP ticket and donation options, please email Todd Chretien at toddchretien (at) mac.com.

This generous additional support will help Voices of a People's History to organize performances in more communities and schools across the country, and Haymarket Books to donate educational books to the students and staff of Mission High School. Donations at the $250 level and above will also receive a signed copy of the book Voices of a People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.

An interesting local angle not widely known is Zinn’s deal with former Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra's record label Alternative Tentacles, which sells various forms of Zinn products including books, films, CDs, as well as various other rare Zinn materials.

For more information about Haymarket Books check out their website.


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