Monday, March 24, 2008

All of the following have been previously announced here at Molly's Blog, but it's nice to see them all put together in one place. So, courtesy of Jaggi, here's this year's bookfair line-up....

Upcoming Kanadian Anarchist Bookfairs: Calgary (April), Montreal (May), Victoria (September), Edmonton (October)‏
Jaggi Singh

[Basic info below about some upcoming anarchist bookfairs to take place inthe Canadian state in 2008: Calgary, Montreal, Victoria and Edmonton.]
*--> CALGARY (April 25-27, 2008)*
On April 25, 26 and 27, Calgary will be hosting its fifth annual Anarchist Bookfair, bringing vendors from across Western Canada and beyond. This year's event promises to be this city's biggest and best bookfair yet and will feature dozens of vendors, three days of workshops, free food, a keynote speaker (TBA), the ever-popular "People's Prom" and a mini "filmfest".---- What: Anarchist Bookfair
---- When: Friday April 25, Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27
---- Where: Calgary Old "Y" Centre
---- How much: All events and food are free
*--> MONTREAL (May 17, 2008)*
Saturday, MAY 17, 10am to 6pm
CEDA, 2515 rue Delisle(near the Lionel-Groulx metro)
--> Part of the month-long Festival of Anarchy (May 2008).
--> Followed by a full day of Anarchist Presentations and Workshops (May 18,2008).
The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (May 17, 2008) brings together anarchist ideas and practice, through words, images, music, and day-to-day struggles for justice, dignity and collective liberation. The Bookfair is as much for people who don't necessarily consider themselves anarchists, but are curious about anarchism, as it is a space for anarchists to meet, network and share.All are welcome.
The Bookfair is organized in a spirit of openness towards the different traditions, visions, and practices of anarchism. Together we share a commitment to promoting anarchism through the values of mutual aid,grassroots democracy, direct action, autonomy and solidarity, while opposing oppression in all its forms.
*"What happens at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair?!"*
The Bookfair takes place at the CEDA, an adult education and community center in southwest Montreal, a short 2-minute walk from the Lionel-Groulx metro station. In the main Bookfair auditorium, between 10am to 6pm, there are over 75 booksellers, distributors and groups from all over Montreal, Quebec, North Amerika and beyond, sharing their publications and materials, most of which is hard or impossible to find at mainstream book stores. Many materials are available for free, and much is published specifically to be available at the Bookfair. During the Bookfair day, there is a film room upstairs screening alternative films and documentaries, while the walls of the Bookfair venue are covered with the works of anti-authoritarian artists. There is a room dedicated to local zine distributors, another that focuses on solidarity struggles, as well as skill-sharing opportunities.
In past years there has been an autonomous media room, as well as a live radio broadcast from the Bookfair site. Free childcare is available at the Bookfair, as well as a kids program organized by the Montreal Childcare Collective. In previous years, therehave also been discussions on radical parenting. Kids and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! There are also workshops throughout the day, in English and French, intended as introductions to anarchism for those who are new to anarchy. This year's introductory workshops include:
"Demanding the Impossible: Sharing Visionsof Anarchism" and
"An Introduction to Anarchism and its Aspirations".
In general, during the Bookfair, don't hesitate to ask folks who are tabling or presenting any question or inquiry you have about the ideas and practice of anarchism.
If you're interested, come back on May 18, 2008, for a Day of Anarchist Workshops, Presentations and Discussions, which explore anarchist-related topics in more depth. A list of workshops from previous years is linkedhere:
The Bookfair site is adjacent to a large park and sports field, and when the weather is nice (May in Montreal is usually quite beautiful), a large part of the Bookfair can be about kicking around a soccer ball or hanging out with friends, and soon-to-be friends.
The entire Bookfair is free, and open to all; however, your donations are encouraged, as each year, after meeting our expenses, the Bookfair aims to support local and international anarchist (or anarchist-supported) projects with a financial donation. Groups that have been supported in the past by the Bookfair include the DIRA Anarchist Library (Montreal), the Biblioteca Social Reconstruir (Mexico City), Books to Prisoners-Montreal, the Six Nations Land Reclamation, and more.
Photos from the 2006 Bookfair, which give you an idea of the atmosphere ofduring the Bookfair Weekend, are linked here:
*--> VICTORIA (September 13-14, 2008)*
Saturday and Sunday, September 13th (11am-7pm) & 14th (11am-5pm)
At the Downtown Community Activity Centre of the Victoria Cool Aid Society
755 Pandora St., Victoria, BC
We are glad to announce the third year of the only Anarchist Bookfair on the
Canadian west coast. The Bookfair is for anarchists and non-anarchists, with
participants from all over North America and beyond. We seek to introduce
anarchism to the public, to further elaborate upon current and historical
anarchist ideals and to foster dialogue between various anarchist tendencies. Participants from different anarchist traditions, visions, and practices are welcome.
The events include book and information tables,workshops, readings, films, presentations, and much more.
A Festival ofAnarchy will take place during the week before the Bookfair, including a DIY Fair on September 12th, 2008.
Proposal callouts for workshops, presentations, street art exhibits, films,Festival of Anarchy events and tables are on our website. We look forward to your suggestions and contributions! INFO:
*--> EDMONTON (October 4-5, 2008)*
Western Canada's Largest Anarchist Bookfair!
Looks like the 2008 fair will be the first weekend of October, at the Alberta Ave Community Center (same place as last year). We will update our website as we know more details.
Alberta Avenue Hall, 9210 - 118 Ave., Edmonton
Oct 4th and 5th, 2008

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