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(en) US, San Francisco, MEDIA: The coming Anarchist Bookfair

Date Fri, 13 Mar 2009 23:07:39 +0200



The cheap joke that comes to mind when considering the extensive roster of speakers set to
appear at the Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair is: Are they all going to talk at once?
"We get that a lot," says Joey Cain of Bound Together Anarchist Bookstore Collective,
which presents the fair. "We also get, 'How can anarchists have a collective?' " After 14
years, he's heard 'em all. ---- Yet this oh-so-San Francisco event is serious business. A
couple of years ago it expanded to two days and the free event now draws 6,000 to 8,000
people to the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. This year speakers include poet
Diane di Prima and author Judith Levine, who will speak on "Kids, Sex and the State."
There will also be more than 60 vendors offering books, magazines, T-shirts, DVDs,
buttons, bumper stickers and plenty of ideas.

"It's peculiar to me that we are synonymous with chaos and Bernie Madoff isn't," said
journalist and author Bruce Anderson, editor and publisher of the Anderson Valley
Advertiser, who will speak at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. "He's done more to hurt people than
anarchists have. All we stand for is peaceful association and a much more reasonable life."

Anderson's feisty Booneville publication prides itself on being the only anti-capitalist,
community-based newspaper in the United States. "We don't get a lot of advertising -
despite the name," he said. The paper relies primarily on newsstand sales and
subscriptions. "We have a niche market in the community we live in and send it out to
like-minded souls elsewhere - aging beatniks and time-capsule hippies."

He said anarchists see the collapse of the economy as an opportunity to sensibly recognize
the failure of the capitalist system. "There's nothing like joblessness to make you
reassess the basics."

Anderson's latest book, "The Mendocino Papers," is both an autobiography and an anecdotal
history of Mendocino County. His next one, "Mendocino Noir," will recount crime stories
from the county.

He said anarchists want what they have wanted since Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman
lived in San Francisco and published the anarchist newspaper The Blast. "The end of
capitalism is the goal. But since capitalism is destroying itself, we may be spared the
great task."

Bruce Anderson talks at 11:30 a.m. Sat. Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m Sat.,
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, Ninth
Avenue and Lincoln Way, S.F. sfbookfair.wordpress.com.
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