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(en) Canada, 6th International Anarchist Book Fair of Montreal By ANA (pt) [machine translation]
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:13:21 +0300
On the last weekend of May, one of the most important anarchist book exhibitions in the
world happened: the "6th International Anarchist Book Fair of Montreal", inside the
Festival of Anarchy, with the participation of dozens of publishers, distributors and
exhibitors . To talk a little about the fair, we talked to Zachavela, from the distributor
of books La Sociale , and from the anarchist bookstore L'insoumise . ---- Anarchist News
Agency> What is La Sociale? ---- Zachavela < A La Sociale is a collective of diffusion
of books and other texts libertarian, anti-capitalist and class struggle of various trends
and currents. It has existed since the late 1970s and has had two bookstores opened in
Montreal for three years. ---- ANA> And which "most important" books have you ever released?
Zachavela < Usually we do not edit. We receive and sell, but from time to time we make
small editions of texts, not complete books. For example, we have edited: Quand Meurent
les Insurrections , by author Gilles Dauvé, the poetry I wrote entitled, Parce que je
Veux Respirer , signed Zachavela, and other things, about art, surrealism, etc.
Above all, we are in contact with the publishers Nuits Rouges, L'Insomniaque, Spartacus,
Oiseau Tempête, Théorie Communiste etc. of France, who send us magazines or books to be
known here. It goes from Bakunin to texts by Daniel Guerrin. La Sociale was one of the
first groups to release Guy Debord and the Internationale Situationniste in Quebec, as
we had good relations with publisher Champ Libre, who edited the IS authors. I only
started to participate in the collective from around 1997.
ANA> So, what was the balance of the "6th Montreal Anarchist Book Fair"?
Zachavela < About the exhibitors, to have the complete list I think that on the website (
anarchistbookfair.taktic.org ) of the Montreal Anarchist Book Fair you will be able to
find all the names. I can tell you that there were a lot of people, conferences, art
exhibitions, poetry nights, etc. It was a success. Also on the site you will find the
program of the fair. I think it would be more complete like that. There are many groups
that participate that are not libertarians, but of other tendencies.
ANA> Are these groups of other trends part of the institutional, partisan left? Explain
Zachavela < No, they are not of the institutional left.
ANA> What is the profile of people attending the fair in Montreal?
Zachavela < Above all, I would say that you are anarchist, libertarian people, with or
without a group, also anti-globals and people of the left, only progressives, feminists,
ecologists. There are many students and some college professors who go there because there
is a university course on anarchy.
ANA> What course and what university?
Zachavela < The exact name of the course I do not know, but the university is: Université
du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
ANA> You've been attending since the first fair, right? Since then, what has changed? Do
you see a growth in demand for libertarian and anti-authoritarian literature in Canada?
Zachavela < In Montreal, I can tell you that a culture of literature, and the fact that
people want to read libertarian texts, is increasing. But it is hard to say what the
expectations are. Fashion or movement? Do not know. But I can say that the fair is very
popular and that the people who organize this event are competent.
ANA> The fact that Living Theater participated in the opening of the fair, means more
visibility, more people in the event?
Zachavela < I think so, and especially people we do not usually see, because they are
interested in other things. I was on one of the nights at the Living Theater and it was
ANA> Did the big media advertise the fair, or did you do any "special" reporting?
Zachavela: I'm sorry, but I can not answer that question. There's a lot of publicity, but
this year I do not know if the big media has said anything. I read the official papers a
little, and I do not talk to the media very much. But there were other years that the
official media spoke of the event.
ANA> Could you tell which book sold the most at the fair? Or would you highlight some that
were exposed there?
Zachavela <People usually search texts from or about Daniel Guerrier, Bakunin, Albert
Jacob, Antonin Panneckoek ( Conseil Ouvriers ), Jaime Semprun Moura (Civil War in Spain in
ANA> La Sociale only participates in the fair of Montreal or others as well?
Zachavela < When we go to Paris, we help the friends of Les Éditions Spartacus at the
fair in Lutte Ouvrière . But if not, it's only at the Montreal fair.
ANA> Has any type of state repression occurred in any edition of the fair?
Zachavela < No. So far everything went well. Thus, the collective of the book fair rents
a space. That's it.
ANA> Is the bookstore L'insoumise new?
Zachavela < Previously, there was a bookstore called Alternatives and it was run by
people of extreme left, pretending to be an anarchist space. Anarchist and libertarian
groups took possession of this place and changed their name. Now the anarchist bookstore
in Montreal is called L'insoumise . It has La Sociale, NEFAC, Le Trouble, Mauvaise
Herbe, GCL, Maikan etc. Who participate in the project. Each group sends people to the
library of the bookstore and so manage the project.
ANA> In the Anarchy Festival programming there was a project called " Bookmobile ". What
Zachary < Frankly, I do not know. There is so much that goes on during the book show that
some things escape us. But if you want I can tell you about anarchist football during the
fair. The people who like to play football invite the whole staff, children too, and go
there for the lawn to play ball ...
ANA> Is the book still a good companion?
Zachavela < I love to read and for that, I think so, the book will always be one of the
best companions you will ever meet. But living everything that is written is even better.
And by writing stories, with our lives, these experiences are transformed into our living
books, which other people, perhaps one day, will read and will live later, and these our
lives, perhaps, will also help them gain more liberties.
ANA> Finally, could you tell some funny or curious story that happened in this last
edition of the fair?
Zachavela < I can say that after the fair we are going to have a few drinks at a bar
called Yermad , formerly Blues Clair , and where we drink the beer, we sing old
anarchist songs. It's funny, fun ... That's the end of our event.
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