Montreal Anarchist Bookfair 2015 – A Very Brief Report

June 7, 2015 at 10:15 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s hard to believe that this year was the 16th annual Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. I’ve been to every one of them as a tabler, first as Red & Black Notes and then as Notes from Underground.

If you’ve never been, it’s quite an event. First the sheer numbers that come through. This year seemed busier, but that might have been because tabling was only on the Saturday. The bookfair had the usual interesting selection of workshops on anarchist ABCs and specialized talks on things like pirate radio (wanted to go to that one)

At one point half a dozen masked women came to the bookfair essentially to denounce the organizers in English and French for their refusal to exclude certain members of the community over issues around sexual assault.
I should mention too, that my friends in the Internationalist Workers Group were denied a table this year because they are in favour of a “party,” even though they don’t quite mean what is traditionally meant by that term. Maybe they ought to stop using it. But I digress.

Don’t forget: The Toronto bookfair is in July.

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