From Former Slaves to Female Soldiers, Ten True Stories to Heat Up Your Summer Reading List

Top Thinkers Banish Froth From Your Beach Books With Their Favorite New Nonfiction Picks

Who says your summer reading must be as slight as a string bikini? Every year at Zócalo Public Square, we pack our beach bags with fresh nonfiction titles recommended by some of our favorite recent event guests and contributors. This year’s must-read list includes accounts of famous former slaves, forgotten domestic terrorism, an all-woman special ops team, a legendary soul singer, and a scarily relevant civil war. Plus leadership advice for when the vacation ends.

Matt Garcia

Professor of History and Transborder Studies and Director of the School of Historical, Philosophical, and …

Brilliant, Brainy Books to Take to the Beach This Summer 2015

World-Class Minds Pick Their Favorites to Pack With Your Sunscreen--From a Grisly True-Life Murder Investigation to the Life of Willie Nelson

Summer is a time of familiar comforts: the scent of sunscreen and the feeling of sand between toes, the taste of Bomb Pops and the sight of long, late, orange …

The 10 Best Books We Read This Year

Zócalo Anoints These 2014 Nonfiction Titles Instant Classics

Why bother reading new books when there are too many great classics for one person to finish in a lifetime? Because people keep writing new classics. Zócalo’s top 10 nonfiction …

Our Epic 2014 Summer Reading List

Zócalo Writers and Speakers Pick Their Favorite Nonfiction Books to Savor Through September

Every day, Zócalo hosts writers and speakers from around the world in order to bring you the smartest, most thoughtful humanities journalism and events out of L.A. And we don’t …

Books For Your Sun-and-Beer-Addled Brain

Zócalo—and Zócalo’s Guests—Offer Reading Recommendations For the Sultry Summer Months

Does the impending summer heat threaten to slow your brain? Fear not: Zócalo has an antidote to the dog days of air-conditioned naps and cold beers. We asked some of …