Thursday, May 26, 2016

MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR: May 28 & 29 (final details)

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*MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR 2016* Saturday, May 28 & Sunday, May 29 10am-5pm on both days Note: Booksellers and vendors will be displaying on both days.

The Anarchist Bookfair takes place in two buildings across from each other in Parc Vinet:

*- Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman- Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 rue Delisle* A short distance from Lionel-Groulx metro. MAP:


*No gods, no masters, no bosses, no borders.FREE. Welcome to all!For people curious about anarchism and wanting to learn more.*

* Kids of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair.

* All main spaces of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair at both locations are accessible to people using wheelchairs; we regret that Art & Anarchy, on the 3rd floor of the CEDA, is only accessible by stairs. The CEDA entrance for people needing to use the wheelchair ramp is via the rear parking lot to the left of 2520, avenue Lionel-Groulx, before Vinet, but after Charlevoix. —–

The organizing of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair is guided by an acknowledgment, principles, accessibility policy & commitment, safe(r) spaces policy, and this year we have a new statement on cultural appropriation.

*- Acknowledgment:* *- Principles:* *- Accessibility Policy and Commitment:* *- Safe(r) Spaces Policy:* – *Statement on Cultural Appropriation:* —–

*Callout for Volunteers! *We still need volunteers to help for a few hours before and during the Bookfair. We need people who can: i) be at our welcome table at either CCGV or CEDA for 1-2 hour shifts; ii) help to distribute food on Saturday and Sunday for one to two hour shifts; iii) help with whisper translation towards French or English during workshops; iv) help with the installation of tables on Friday anytime from 12pm-4pm. If you have a few hours to spare before and during the Bookfair, get in touch with us via —–


*-> Special Bookfair Opening (Friday, May 27, 6-9pm)* The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will open on Friday, May 27 at CEDA with the launch of Art & Anarchy, a special screening of films by Insurgent Projections, as well as a “mini-Bookfair” of selected participating groups. For details, visit:

*-> Art & Anarchy (May 27-29)* Art + Anarchy 2016 brings together creations by more than 50 artists from our communities. The pieces in the exhibit vary widely in their styles, medium, and subjects. For more details visit or

*-> Over 100 Participating Groups (May 28 & 29)* Tabling will take place in the main auditoriums of both our locations: Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA) and the Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV). The main auditoriums of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will include booksellers, distributors, independent presses and political groups from all over Montreal, Quebec, North America, and abroad. For the confirmed list of participating groups, visit:

*-> Workshops & Presentations (May 28 & 29)* This year there will be twenty-nine (29) workshops and presentations during the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, including 4 introductions to anarchism. The schedule-in-brief is included below. For detailed descriptions, visit:

*-> Kids Zone! (May 28 & 29)* Children are welcome and encouraged to attend the Anarchist Bookfair. For more details about the Kids Zone and other programming, visit:

*-> Quiet Rooms (May 28 & 29)* The Quiet Rooms are created out of the recognition that the Bookfair can be really overwhelming and intense for a variety of reasons, and that folks might need a place to be apart from the main Bookfair without feeling like they have to leave altogether. There are two Quiet Rooms this year: CCGV (2.140) & CEDA (305).

*-> Kids, Caregivers and Comrades Theme Room (May 28)* In addition to Kids Zone, this year the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will also have a “Kids, Caregivers, and Comrades” theme room on Saturday featuring Mai’a Williams, co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines, and Alana Apfel, author of Birth Work as Care Work: Stories from Activist Birth Communities. For details:

*-> Anti-Racist Struggles Room (May 28 & 29)* he Anti-Racist Struggles room highlights workshops and presentations confronting racism. There will be three presentations open to all: Building a Solidarity City: Migrant justice and the everyday practice of mutual aid and direct action (Solidarity Across Borders); White feminism and its derivatives (Thérèse Namahoro & Lourdenie Jean); and State Violence and Black Lives in Canada: A feminist, prison abolition perspective (Robyn Maynard). For details:

*-> Autonomous Media Room (May 29)* The Autonomous Media Room is dedicated to sharing the skills and knowledge of different mediums as deployed by anarchists – such as pirate radio, DIY digital editing, secure communication, and more. For details:

*-> Food (May 28 & 29)* This year, the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair collective is organizing food for participants over the two days of the Bookfair (May 28 & 29). There will be a modest cost for the food, which is a fundraiser to pay for the expenses of the Anarchist Bookfair. There will be choices for vegans, vegetarians, meat-eaters, and for people who are gluten-free. There will also be a special free kids menu available in the Kids Zone. Food will be available at the Café Mozaik kitchen, beside the CEDA auditorium. If you can help with the distribution of food on Saturday & Sunday, please contact us at

*-> Outdoors (May 28 & 29)* The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair is being more organized about the use of the outdoor space. Considering that the field area is fenced off for sports, there is actually very limited outdoor space in Parc Vinet. Read more here: —–

*Workshops & Presentations at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair* Workshops that explore topics related to anarchism in some depth, as well introduction to anarchism workshops, take place during both days of the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. The content this year includes four (4) introduction to anarchism workshops (2 each in English and French), two (2) Art & Anarchy workshops, an Anti-Racist Struggles Theme Room (May 28 & 29), a Kids, Caregivers & Comrades Theme Room (Saturday, May 28), and an Autonomous Media Room (Sunday, May 29). In total, there will be 29 workshops and presentations!

-> More detailed descriptions will be posted shortly at the following link: -> Schedule-in-brief included below.

All workshops will include whisper translation into English (EN) or French (FR). CCGV = Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (2450 rue Workman) CEDA = Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (2515 rue Delisle)



11am (CEDA, Room #119): Art-based education on cultural and ecological diversity: stories of globalization, climate change, colonization, and resource extraction (Beehive Collective) – EN 11am (CEDA, Room #123): Anarchist Writers Meeting (Montreal Anarchist Writers Bloc) – BIL 11am (CEDA, Room #125): Revolutionary Mothering: Co-creating Radical Communities in Times of War (Mai’a Williams) – EN

1pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Anarchism 101: The What and Why (Christine Renaud) – EN 1pm (CEDA, Room #123): Film: A Different Form Of Organization … and a different form of social relationships (Merry Wafwana & Alice Bernard) – BIL 1pm (CEDA, Room #125): Parents and Caregivers Caucus – BIL 1pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Towards an Anarchist Response to Addiction & Recovery (Radical Sobriety Montreal) – BIL 1pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): A Feminist Bookstore in Montreal: Collective Reflections on the Creation of a Community Space (L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe) – FR 1pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): Building a Solidarity City: Migrant justice and the everyday practice of mutual aid and direct action (Solidarity Across Borders) – FR

3pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Getting to the Roots: An Introduction to Anarchist Ideas and Practice (Pascale Brunet) – FR 3pm (CEDA, Room #123): Re-appropriating Indigenous Identity (Clifton Nicholas) – FR 3pm (CEDA, Room #125): Birth Work as Care Work: Birth, Reproduction and Liberation Politics (Alana Apfel) – EN 3pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Rojava: The Revolution for an Anti-Patriarchal Society (Rojava Solidarity Montreal) – EN 3pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): What could Indymedia be in the Era of Corporate Social Media? (Mallory Knodel & Stéphane Couture) – EN 3pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): Organizing Together Against Capitalism and the State: A discussion for Indigenous, Black and/or people of colour anarchists (CRAM) – FR


11am (CEDA, Room #119): Raw Print (Chris Robertson, La Presse du Chat Perdu) – BIL 11am (CEDA, Room #125): Presentation on Infos.Medias news aggregator (Infos.Medias) – FR

1pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) “Demanding the Impossible”: The Practice and Relevance of Anarchism (Jaggi Singh) – FR 1pm (CEDA, Room #123): The Human Kennel: Fighting for rights inside jail (Jeannette Tossounian) – EN 1pm (CEDA, Room #125): Video workshop with GAPPA squad: Media, activists and security practices (GAPPA) – FR 1pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Radical Mental Health: foundations and being a good ally (Mad Pride Collective) – EN 1pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): Anarchist Nihilism (Aragorn!) – EN 1pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): White feminism and its derivatives (Thérèse Namahoro & Lourdenie Jean) – FR

3pm (CEDA, Room #119): (Introduction to Anarchism) Anarchy 101 (Dylan) – EN 3pm (CEDA, Room #123): (For Kids) Story and Mural Against Racism (CLAC Popular Education)– FR 3pm (CEDA, Room #125): Indigenous Media Panel Discussion (Lindsay Nixon & Stephen Agluvak Puskas) – EN 3pm (CCGV, Room 0.100): Our rights in dealing with cops (Collective Opposed to Police Brutality) – FR 3pm (CCGV, Room 1.100): Apostasy, or how to get out of the Kingdom of God definitively (Charles Bicari) – FR 3pm (CCGV, Room 2.100): State Violence and Black Lives in Canada: A feminist, prison abolition perspective (Robyn Maynard) – EN

-> More detailed descriptions will be posted shortly at the following link:

—– CONTACT INFORMATION: -> e-mail: -> mail: Salon du livre Anarchiste de Montréal 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Suite 204 Montréal, Québec H3G 1N1

FOR UPDATES: -> web: -> announcements list:

SOCIAL MEDIA: -> facebook: -> twitter: @BookfairAnarMTL


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