SUR LES TRACES DE L'ANARCHISME AU QUÉBEC (1860- 1960) (ON THE TRAIL OF ANARCHISM IN QUEBEC 1860-1960):
The following is a translation of an announcement of a book launch coming up this March 14. Les originals français sont à Voix de Faits (Québec) et La Commune (Montréal).
BOOK LAUNCH OF 'ON THE TRAIL OF ANARCHISM IN QUEBEC (1860-1960)
The fruit of long and detailed research , this work presents a living and fertile image of the influence of anarchist ideas in Quebec history. In this way it reveals the existence of this current of thought long before the cultural and political upheavals of the 1960s. From the refugees of the Paris Commune, to the painters and poets of the autonomist movement passing through anti-clerical militants of the Workers' University and the Jewish revolutionaries of Montreal's "Yiddishland", Matthieu Houle-Courcelles reanimates different people and experiences of anarchism and offers an original contribution to the present debate on the collective memory of French Canada.
When: Friday, March 14 2008 from 5 to 8 pm.
Where: L'AgitéE (251 boul. Dorchester in Quebec City. Further launch in Montreal on March 20).
MOLLY COMMENT: This sounds like a very valuable book. I'll probably end up ordering a copy from the publisher 'Lux'. One hopes there is an English translation in the future. To my knowledge this is the first book length treatment of anarchism in Canada. There have certainly been articles about the movement in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. before. The contributions of Federico Arcos for Toronto and NEFAC and Larry Gambone for Quebec stand out. There have also been book length histories of both the IWW and the OBU, but this is probably the first that treats anarchism as a distinct subject separate from syndicalism. Here's to great success for the book !