Black & Red Books
Publishing books and pamphlets with
an anti-authoritarian perspective since 1968
Black & Red Books record contemporary and historical attempts to lead principled lives. They examine social relations within our community and in the wider world, hoping to preserve the planet and the living beings who reside on it.
From theory to poetry, Black & Red publications focus on the coercive restraints of Capital, its authoritarian social relations and the deceptive abilities of political leaders who desire its power.
Black & Red Books is proud to announce our two most recent publications. We are currently working on our next book, Part Two of The Strait. Check back for updates.
Lives of the Saints
A pointedly jaundiced look at the meaning of sainthood in the modern world, Franklin’s book is, among other things, the outcome of many years spent wondering how we humans went so wildly astray in our treatment of each other and of our shared planetary home. In that vein, Franklin’s multiple narrators embody, confront or critique a panoply of contemporary saints and their symptoms, from Christopher Columbus to Adolph Hitler, from family psychodynamics to globe-encircling hierarchies of power and domination. And all with a smile on their lips and a song in their hearts.
Summer on Fire – A Detroit Novel
A mix of history and inventive remembrances, Summer on Fire recreates six weeks in the intense summer of 1967. Riots, rock and roll, shootings, marches, and bomb plots shake Detroit, reminding us that today’s turmoil is a mirror of that era.