Bookfair Season 2012

April 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm (Uncategorized)

As the weather gets nicer, a young radical’s thoughts turn to bookfairs.

The London (Ontario) one was last weekend, and I missed that, but lots are coming up. Comrades from IP will be at the New York bookfair this weekend – if you’ve been waiting patiently for the new issue to appear on the site, never fear, you can purchase a hard copy soon. (And I promise the issue will be on-line soon.

The first big event for me is Montreal over the Victoria Day weekend in May. I’ve gone to this bookfair every year (the first was in 2000). Now it’s a two-day event with a week of activities beforehand. Go to the site to get all the details.

The Toronto bookfair is usually in April, but it’s been moved back to the end of June. Sign up at their blog to get more details. Or email them directly.

Not sure if Hamilton is taking place this year. I spoke to one of the organizers a while back, and she was uncertain. A shame as the others were really good.

So, if you’re looking to get that obscure ultra-left pamphlet or a copy of this year’s Aufheben, come by and see the Notes from Underground table. All the ultra left nonsense that’s fit to read 🙂  


Oh and while we’re on the subject, Historical Materialism has a conference at Toronto’s York University May 11-13. Something to think about attending (I’ve scoured the web, but there’s very little details – keep googling)


  1. Darren said,

    I bought a couple of issues of IP from the IP stall at the NYC Anarchist Bookfair today. TBH, I was surprised the organizers allowed a Left Communist stall but fair play . . . I guess. 😉

    • fischerzed said,

      Well, we’re not Leninists, and that makes a world of difference. Besides, many anarchists call themselves anti-state communists (and there’s a great deal of interest in journals like Aufheben, Endnotes and the Communizations currents as well as Dauve). In Montreal, there is sometimes a hint of an issue with some, but in general, the bookfair is very cool about it. It seems curious to me though that some anarchists worry about left communists, but are cool with Maoist guerilla groups, the RAF and Che. none of whom are very anarchist.

      • Darren said,

        It’s more the Partyism, I guess.

        The SPGB/WSM isn’t Leninist either, but we always get the bum’s rush from the organizers of the London Anarchist Bookfair. I always presumed I’d get the same reply if I applied to the NYC Bookfair for a stall.

  2. fischerzed said,

    I think that was historically the difficulty for the International Bureau for the Revolutionary PARTY in Montreal. Perhaps that’s why they changed the name to the Internationalist Communist Tendency.

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