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(en) Canada, Victoria's Third Annual Anarchist Book Fair. Sept 12-13 +

Date Wed, 17 Sep 2008 08:14:08 +0300

I was impressed by last years book fair, and this year I was not disapointed..
There seemed to be at least as many people in attendance as previously, but I
was pleased to see a broader cross section of the population than before.
Although still largely "Euro" there was a significant contribution fromn First
Nations people and I saw some Latino youth and other people of colour were
present.The age range seemed broader too, not overwhelmingly young students, not
that there would be anything wrong with that, but the movement has to expand
into other sectors of the population to become a significant force. A fair
number of babies too. Good going! Had a fine time talking and networking with
folks from Victoria, Montreal, San Francisco, and Edmonton. The workshops seemed
well attended – at least those in the morning-early afternoon. I only got to
attend one of these, since I was tabling most of the time. This was about
actualizing radical projects and was hosted by the amazing and brilliant
surrealist poet, zinster, clown, and performance artist Paula Belina from
Montreal. Sadly, I had to leave early, but found her workshop inspiring. The
place I was going in such a hurry was the Camas Books Dinner, to help support
this anarchist book shop and infocenter. About 70 people sat outside on trestle
tables, chatting, listening to a guitar-mandolin-accordian duo by two very
talented and beautiful young women. The food was great too, and had amusing
names such as "Federated Commune Salad" While sitting there, surrounded by
people of all ages and origins, it came to me that a line had been crossed. The
scene was much like what I found in European anarchist circles – a sense of
community, and though relatively few in number, grown beyond being a tiny,
inward-looking sect, into something that has put down roots. Later at Camas
Books the Anniversary Show of music and spoken word was held, but I could not
stay for long, now feeling the length of the day.

I should point out that the events I describe were not the only ones occurring.
A whole week of film, discussions and music preceded the Book Fair. (See
www.victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca/ ) I salute the volunteers who put in so much
effort and looked rather tired by Sunday afternoon!
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