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(en) Canada, Welcome to the 2008 Victoria Anarchist Bookfair! - last call

Date Fri, 12 Sep 2008 10:40:24 +0300

Browse these pages for the complete Bookfair program. The zine version will be
available at select outlets (hint: check the map) soon. ---- Don't forget to
pick up the September Anarchy issue of Streetnewz. Support your local vendors!
Announcing: Roving Pirate Radio at the Bookfair! ---- TAR 99.1FM, Pirate Radio
hits Victoria during the Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday, Sept 13, from 12pm
onwards. Tune in your radios throughout Victoria to catch this autonomous,
mobile pirate broadcast. Expect live interviews, commentary, and music in true
anarchist style! ---- Info: www.myspace.com/temporaryautonomousradio -- Contact:
temporaryautonomousradio@yahoo.com ---- Finally, we would like to send our
thanks out to Freedonia, whose financial support is going a long way towards
sustaining this year's bookfair.

Welcome to the 2008 Festival of Anarchy!

The week is jam packed with activities happening all around town. We have joined
forces with many new and returning allies to bring a variety of events to see,
places to go, and things to do in a celebration of anarchy.

To "plug in" to this year's Festival, get a copy of the September Anarchy issue
of Streetnewz, and watch for our program zines to appear at select outlets
(click on the "map" and think of it as a treasure hunt). Don't forget to sign up
to our listserv (look under "contact") to obtain announcements of impromtu
events not listed anywhere else!

Finally, we would like to send our thanks out to Freedonia, whose financial
support is helping us make this week happen.



What: The third annual Anarchist Bookfair Where:the Victoria Cool Aid Society
(755 Pandora St.) When: Sept. 13 - 14

Looking for a little controversial fun? The third annual Anarchist Bookfair
opens this Saturday, and promises a jam-packed slate of entertainment.

Workshops begin at 11:30 a.m. and run until 5:30 p.m., with discussion topics
ranging from “Founding and Maintaining Co-ops” to “Anarchy is for Lovers:
Applying anarchist principles to interpersonal relationships.”

The happenings continue on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Among topics up
for discussion are “Fermenting Revolution With Pickles” and “Indigenous
Resistance: The anti-Olympics struggle.”

Two members of the Victoria anarchist collective have strong connections to
UVic. Allan Antliff holds a Canada Research Chair in art history at the
university, and in 2006 founded an anarchist archive that resides in special
collections at the McPherson Library.

“[The bookfair] addresses contemporary concerns, such as ecology, gender, arts
and political theory,” said Allan.

UVic student Jessica Ziakin is a member of the anarchist collective and the
official spokesperson of the bookfair.

Ziakin described what she felt to be a lack of radical intellectual community at
UVic, and stressed that the bookfair and collective are an opportunity to foster
such relationships.

The event is also an opportunity to meet producers of radical culture from all
over North America. Independent publishers, writers and artists will bring their
wares from as far away as San Fransisco and Halifax.

Much of the work these vendors have to offer represents the leading edge of
anarchist thought, and aside from those titles that are carried in the Camas
bookstore (at the corner of Quadra Street and Kings Road), are unavailable to
even the curious or devoted anarchist.

But the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair is a free event both for vendors and patrons.

“The bookfair gives people an opportunity to see the positive aspects of the
philosophy,” said Allan. “It runs on volunteers and co-operation.”

Ziakin added that many think of anarchy as gloomy at best.

“It’s not chaos, it’s actually about social justice, mutual aid, community,
self-governance and ecological sustainability,” she said.

Volunteers are appreciated throughout the event and will be accepted
spontaneously at the organizing table. Help is needed particularly for the
clean-up after the bookfair.

If hunting for literary treasure isn’t your thing, special gatherings are
planned for after the bookfair on Saturday and Sunday nights. On Saturday,
participants have the opportunity to eat at the Camas Books Anniversary Dinner
at the Blanshard Community Centre, then attend the Camas Bookstore for their
first Birthday Bash. The fun is at the Folk Music Night at the Solstice Cafe
from 6 to 11 p.m on Sunday night.

The bookfair represents the culmination of the week-long Festival of Anarchy
involving art installations, poetry readings, lectures and workshops. On Friday,
Sept. 12 the festival hosts a Do-It-Yourself fair that features workshops on
using the Linux operating system, stencilling, beatboxing and more. That fair
starts at 11 a.m. at the Victoria Events Centre. By 6:30 p.m. the fair will
stop, and a punk show will begin.

For more detailed information about the bookfair, visit their website at
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