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(en) US, 12th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair March 17 & 18, 2007 http://sfbookfair.wordpress.com/

Date Tue, 12 Dec 2006 08:47:37 +0200

EVERYONE is invited to the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair! This event is FREE. San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way
The Anarchist Bookfair has been a San Francisco tradition for over a decade, and has become one of the largest annual gatherings of anarchists and radical books in the world. Last year, during the 11th Annual Anarchist Bookfair in March 2006, over four thousand people–from every walk of life, locals from San Francisco and visitors from around the world–enjoyed good conversation, speakers, art, and of course..books!
It was easy to spend the entire day between browsing the long tables of books, magazines, zines, artwork, videos and other wares, sitting in the sun eating sandwiches from the worker-owned café or listening to a wide variety of speakers who took on subjects from the need to abolish the institution of the state (Ward Churchill), to a young dyke’s adventures in San Francisco in the mid 90s (Michelle Tea).

With so much to do and see, the Bookfair has expanded into two days for 2007! Approximately 50 anarchist groups and alternative book, magazine, and publishing people will be represented at tables selling and distributing books and materials you won’t find anywhere else.

The plans for the event also include a cafe, spoken word presentations, kid & family space, free bike valet and an art gallery.

About the Bookfair

Over a decade ago, Bound Together Bookstore, a collectively run anarchist bookstore located on San Francisco’s Haight Street, presented the first Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair on March 30, 1996. The event was organized to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Bound Together, and took place in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, where the event is still held annually today. Admission is free.

In 1996, approximately 40 anarchist and alternative book, magazine, and publishers were present at tables selling and distributing materials and examples of their work. Keynote speakers included sex-positive educator, author and radical feminist Susie Bright, Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedy’s, and cutting edge lesbian author Kathy Acker.

The bookfair continues to grow, attracting participants from the bay area and around the world.

Here are links to stories concerning previous Bay Area Anarchist Bookfairs. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the archive.

A full list of speakers, vendors and discussion about the Eleventh Annual Bookfair (2006) is available as a thread on SF IndyMedia. Video of Ward Churchill speaking was shown on SF cable access show Channel Zero and is on the web.

Several photos from the Tenth Annual Bookfair (2005) by Steve Rhodes and also by Kamiaki on SF IndyMedia. Also a story that appeared in USA Today, “Ten years after it started, the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair has become a popular rallying point for the far left, thanks to shared enemies like the Bush Administration and the Patriot Act.” There was also an interesting article in the SFGate, “Thousands of like-minded souls with a taste for state smashing, patriarchy toppling, government defying, feminism, punk, radical politics and children’s books with titles like “Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon” came out in force for the 10th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair. The SF Bay Times also published one participant’s thoughts on the Bookfair.

“Featured speakers for the Ninth Annual Bay Area Bookfair (2004) include famed journalist and author Alexander Cockburn, writer and activist Starhawk, dyke singer and novelist Lynn Breedlove, queer poet and musician Tim’m T. West, Agent Apple of the Biotic Baking Brigade (A-Infos.)

flyergc7113.jpg The Eighth Annual Bay Area Bookfair (2003) list of speakers and full discussion thread on IndyBay.

In 2002, AK Press released, “Mob Action Against the State: Collected Speeches from the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair,“a CD that includes among others: Jello Biafra, spoken word artist and ex-frontman for punk band Dead Kennedys; Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti; author Christian Parenti (Lockdown America); author and punk rocker Craig O’Hara (The Philosophy of Punk); anti-prison activist and author Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Golden Gulag); and Emma Goldman Papers Project curator Barry Pateman.

“On Saturday, March 29, 1997, anarchists and other bibliophiles gathered from around the world in San Francisco for the Second Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair. While the focus was on books, there were also speakers and an art show. I really enjoyed the Fair. I was there as an exhibitor for Spunk Press, an online anarchist archive…I got a chance to meet archivists from the Kate Sharpley Library, the Labadie Collection, and the Anarchy Archives in Massachusetts…” (story by Chuck on Infoshop.org)
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