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(en) Canada, 6th International Anarchist Book Fair of Montreal By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date 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 better...

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 really interesting.

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 36), etc.

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 is it?

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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