Toronto Anarchist Bookfair 2014

July 31, 2014 at 11:41 am (Uncategorized)

I’ve been tabling at the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair since its inception in 2000. The bookfair quickly outgrew its original space, then outgrew its second home. Currently, it’s a squeeze in the two building site. Maybe it’s the culture in Montreal. Lots of Anarchists (and lots of Maoists).

Toronto however has always been dominated by Trotskyists. All the varieties, but they don’t seem to be able to play in the same sandbox long enough to organize a bookfair together.

It’s been a struggle to establish anarchist bookfairs in Toronto. There were a series in the early 2000s, then they faded away, but the last four years or so, events have taken place (I might be wrong about last year), usually at the Steelworkers’ Hall downtown.

I tabled at this years event, but almost from the start, it was clear  it was going to be small. It was a bit of a mystery why, but for much of bookfair the venders outweighed the public. The workshops were interesting and a good selection of tables, but the masses didn’t show.

Now there were demonstrations that day, but that ought to have fed into the event rather than drawing from it. Perhaps because a regular schedule has not been established. (The Montreal event is the same time every year and I start getting notices for the following year’s event almost as soon as the dust has settled on the current year).

There was one telling thing though. After I set up my table, I walked to the nearest Tim Horton’s (About ten minutes). I saw several crackpot posters for municipal candidate Jim McMillan, but not a single notice for the bookfair. Odd?

Well, there’s always next year.








1 Comment

  1. At the Anarchist Bookfair – Toronto 2015 | Notes from Underground said,

    […] over the years, and like Montreal I know now a few of the players. After the disappointment of last year’s event , I was a little nervous about turnout, but as soon as the day began it was clear that this was […]

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