Come Visit Us at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, May 27-28
Come visit us at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair -- North America's largest anarchist bookfair! -- next weekend, May 27 & 28
The bookfair takes place in two community centres -- CEDA (2515 rue Delisle) and CCGV (2450 Workman) -- which are conveniently located just a few minutes walk across a park from each other. There are workshops and people selling books and zines from across North America (and beyond).
This year we will be in the CEDA building, with all our own publications and all our most recent and most popular acquisitions. We have been given three tables this year, so we will be able to set up a table with discounted books (we're thinking $20 for the first book, after that $15 each), where we will be putting most of our own titles and many from our friends as well.
Come and say hi!
Complete List of Tablers
Beehive Design Collective
Dick’s Lending Library
Great Worm Express Distro
Le syndicat de locataires autonomes de Montréal (SLAM)
Make Total Distro
Seed & Spark Book Co-op
Viscera Print Goods & Ephemera
Akira Auger Art
Between the Lines
DIRA, La bibliothèque
Dizziness of Freedom
éditions du remue-ménage
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative
L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe
Les Pages Noires
Mayakov+sky Platform / Marusya Press
The New Press
Prisoner Correspondence Project
Rights Not Rescue
Solidarité sans frontières
The Lucy Parsons Center
The New Press
Québec Antifasciste / La Brasse-Ville
Prisoner Correspondence Project
Upping the Anti: a journal of theory and action
Austin Anarchist Black Cross
Blue Heron Books & Zines
Bread and Puppet Press
Collectif Opposé à la Brutalité Policière (COBP)
Collectif Anarchiste Emma Goldman
Comité Autonome du travail du sexe (CATS)
Common Notions Press
Convergence des Luttes Anticapitalistes (CLAC)
Les Éditions Femlu
‘Look Mum!’ Zine distro
The Lucy Parsons Center
Québec Antifasciste / La Brasse-Ville
Science for the People
Stella, l’amie de Maimie
Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness
Su J Sokol
Ungrateful Hyenas Editions
Complete List of Workshops
SATURDAY, MAY 27 | 11 am to 12:45 pm
Inside Illinois Civil Commitment: Learn and Explore the Archive (CÉDA, room 123, Eng.)
Attendees will learn about the shadowy carceral practice called “civil commitment,” a unique form of detention that confines people who have been convicted of sex offenses in 20 US states to secretive “treatment” facilities, often for life. Attendees will engage in a hands-on exploration of the Inside Illinois Civil Commitment Archive, featuring handwritten materials from people detained at Rushville Treatment and Detention Facility, describing their experiences in their own words.
The Inside Illinois Civil Commitment Project is led by a handful of researcher-activists based in so-called Chicago, Illinois. We are feminists, abolitionists, and survivors who believe that the state cannot adequately address harm and fight for a world where transformative justice flourishes.
Anarchism 101 with Q&A (CÉDA, room 125, Eng.)
If you’re new to anarchism or simply curious as to what it’s all about, join us for this basic informal introduction. After a brief overview, we’ll answer the most frequently asked questions about anarchism, and offer book recommendations and other useful resources. We will make time for conversation, so bring your questions!
Christine Renaud is an anarchist living on Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat land in Prince Edward County, Ontario. When she’s not hiking, she’s reading, making art, and writing. A longtime community organizer, especially involved in mutual aid projects, she runs Diggers info shop and is a passionate believer that a better world is possible.
Life, the Universe, and Anarchy (outside, Eng.)
We have installed across the width of the park around the bookfair a physical timeline marking the approximate origin times of the universe, galaxy, solar system, and life as we know it. This event will consist of a presentation and discussion along this timeline, oriented this year around questions of the origins of life on and off our planet, the plausibility of a broader cosmic ecology beyond our biosphere, and the political implications for anarchists of contact with extraterrestrial life.
Cleeyv is an anti-colonial anarchist settler from Montreal who works on free software for money, and reads science fiction for fun.
J’ACCUZE (CCGV, room 1.100, Fr.)
For 12 years, the Dreyfus affair tore France apart. In this immense 19th century scandal, state conspiracy, miscarriages of justice and anti-Semitism collided. This great media and political circus was a total farce… The KRIZO THEATER offers a humorous (and masked!) version of this sensitive affair. A respectful yet quirky approach to an important story, with a touch of lightness and humour. With Aimée Leballeur and Christophe Thebault.
3rd PRIZE in the Arts and Letters of France 2021 competition. Supported by the DILCRAH (inter-ministerial delegation for the fight against racism and anti-Semitism) “Who would dare to present the Dreyfus affair with humor? Krizo Théatre did it!” – Philippe Oriol, director of the Dreyfus museum “A great success for the defense of human rights” – Georges Joumas, historian “Your show is funny and it feels good” – Martine Leblond Zola, great-granddaughter of Emile Zola
SATURDAY, MAY 27 | 1 to 2:45 pm
Hand-to-Hand Combat for Collective Anarchist Struggle: Contextual Discussion and Practical Workshop (CÉDA, room 123, Eng.)
Join anarchists spanning all over so-called North America (Canada, U.S., Mexico) for a discussion about martial arts training. We will dicuss our martial arts backgrounds, our motivations for training, how we view martial arts training as part of an anarchist projectuality, and how our respective trainings/training spaces are structured. After the discussion, we will hold an all levels Muay Thai training session for those interested.The secret is to really begin (training)!
The panel is comprised of anarchists from so-called Montreal, Philadelphia, and Mexico City who all participate in organizing spaces that are focused on developing hand-to-hand combat skills within their communities with an eye towards collective and individual self-defense.
Mastodon and Federated Social Media for Anarchists (CÉDA, room 125, Fr. and Eng.)
We all love to hate corporate social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, but many of us see them as a necessary evil for organizing events, spreading ideas, and socializing. But well-functioning, open-source alternatives already exist and are part of a flourishing online infrastructure that is much more in line with many anarchists’ ideas and interests, including privacy, decentralization, and autonomy. If you’re curious or confused about the fediverse (or not yet convinced) join us
Kolektiva is an effort to develop digital communication infrastructure for anarchist and anti-colonial movements. More at kolektiva.infoThe authors of the Fedizine are some Montreal anarchists who are interested in helping other anarchists learn about and navigate the fediverse.
Mutual Aid as a Defense against Ecofascism (outside, Fr.)
We will discuss the anarchist tradition of mutual aid, and its usefulness in the context of the climate crisis where many states are turning to authoritarian and individualizing measures. Mutual aid is useful to us insofar as it offers an autonomous and collective alternative to state measures, while building the infrastructure necessary for our collective survival in a post-capitalist world in the here and now.
We are two white anarchist and queer activists organizing mainly in Tio’tia:ke.
The Crypto-Utopian Occult Revival and Anti/Fascism (CCGV, room 1.100, Eng.)
“Occult Features of Anarchism” (2019) explored how New Age spirituality may be articulated with fascism if not anti-capitalism. Because of the rise of right populism and conspiracy theory during the pandemic, I was invited to launch the book around Europe and have returned with an update on just how fucked we really are. In the current technophiliac occult revival, social justice will be optimized by hacking the world with blockchain and psychedelics, and technofascism grows.
Erica Lagalisse is an anthropologist, heteronymic writer, and author of “Occult Features of Anarchism – With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples” (2019).
SATURDAY, MAY 27 | 3 to 4:45 pm
Feminist Self-Defense Workshop (CÉDA, room 123, Fr.)
This workshop will introduce physical, verbal and emotional techniques to deal with patriarchal violence of all kinds. We will talk about knowing our limits, the most effective strategies for defending ourselves and others, and ways to stay connected to our communities when we experience violence of this kind. This space will allow us to share survival strategies and to learn from each other’s experience.
The Feminist Self-Defense Network (RAF in French) is an autonomous collective in Montreal that disseminates knowledge and shares experiences related to defending against patriarchal violence. RAF regularly offers 12-hour trainings and organizes various workshops without cis-men.
Black Flag, Black Life (CÉDA, room 125, Fr. and Eng.)
What is Black anarchism? Why “Black,” instead of just anarchism? Is this about identity–as in, being an anarchist who happens to be Black? And / or is there something more to consider about Black life, Black radical thought, and anarchist politics and ways of being? This participatory session responds to these questions with a brief presentation about Black anarchism, and an invitation for conversation among folx interested in strengthening our collective capacities for radical coalition building.
r. is an activist and educator for whom montréal will always be home. Emmanuel est un artiste-éducateur qui vit à Toronto. Il est né au Rwanda et élevé un peu partout.
Grief Ceremony (outside at the Grief and Remembrance Space, Fr. and Eng.)
Parneet Chohan will guide a two-hour grief ceremony to support folx in exploring their own authentic expression of grief and mourning. This space will invite authentic movement, sounds, song, facial and emotional expression as well as a place to release and surrender that which is no longer needed. All emotions and somatic experiences are welcome. All practices are optional and invitational. Please note incense, essential oils and drumming may be used in this ceremony for grounding and anchoring purposes. Please arrive on time.
Parneet Chohan: counsellor, Somatic Experiencing® practitioner and naturotherapist. Storyteller, poet, existentialist, and liminal space walker. Emma: white, Franco, and queer anarchist active in Tio’tia:ke.
Ritual as Resistance (CCGV, room 1.100, Eng.)
Jewish anarchism is being remade in feminist/queer/trans practices, building bridges from grief to rebellion and joy, and drawing from millennia of diasporic rituals and communities (without states). Scott Branson and Cindy Barukh Milstein will look at Jewish anarchism as a weapon against colonialism, capitalism, fascism, and ecocide, and how to use it to form communal solidarities that sustain and mend us in cultivating forms of liberation that help us live “the world to come” here and now.
Scott Branson is a writer, organizer, artist, author of Practical Anarchism: A Daily Guide, editor of Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies, and Final Straw Radio cohost. Cindy Barukh Milstein, long an engaged anarchist, is author/editor of books like Try Anarchism for Life, Rebellious Mourning, and Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart.
SUNDAY, MAY 28 | 11 am to 12:45 pm
How to Not Snitch at the Border! Best Practices for Traveling Internationally (CÉDA, room 123, Eng.)
Security culture in anarchist circles is clear on the point of not cooperating with the police to give them information about our friends. By entering border checkpoints, we are volunteering ourselves to be searched and questioned. What can we do and say so that we don’t accidentally snitch at the border? We will outline what to expect at the border, what risks we face there, and offer practical tips for ways that we can change our behaviours to give them as little information as possible.
Authentic Relating Games (CÉDA, room 125, Eng.)
Come practice and play authentic connection games with fellow anarchist comrades – these practices support us in being more embodied, present, and regulated with and for one another – we will practice relationship building skills including emotional expression, curiosity, non-judgement, active listening, and mirroring. These relational qualities are vital in building sustainable relationships and communities.
Parneet is a counsellor, somatic experiencing® practitioner and naturotherapist inspired by the resilience and healing abilities of the human heart and body. Their work is focused on the inherent liberation and wholeness of all beings including themself. Parneet is mindfulness and meditation coach as well as an authentic relating facilitator.
A Talk with the Veterans from It Did Happen Here: An Antifascist People’s History (CCGV, room 1.100, live virtual, Eng.)
Mic Crenshaw, Jonathan Mozzochi, and Jon Bair will discuss their histories in grassroots efforts to drive racist skinheads and white nationalists out of Minneapolis and the Pacific Northwest during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and connect their experiences to antifascist organizing today.
Crenshaw, Bair, and Mozzochi are antiracist grassroots activists working across cultural mediums. All three are featured in the 2020 oral history podcast and now book It Did Happen Here: an Antifascist People’s History, sharing their experiences as young people fighting racism on the streets and behind enemy lines.
for more information: https://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/