North America / Mexico - Anarchist Communist Event
Saturday March 17 2007
12th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair
March 17 & 18, San Francisco, US
EVERYONE is invited to the 12th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair! This event is free.
March 17 & March 18, 2007
San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, SF
(http://www.bayareaanarchistbookfair.org for directions.)
Read the full article for the massive speaker list, history of the bookfair and panel discussions.
12th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair
EVERYONE is invited to the 12th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair!
This event is FREE.
When: March 17 (10am-6pm) & March 18 (11am-5pm), 2007
Held at: San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, SF
(http://www.bayareaanarchistbookfair.org for directions and more info.)
Since the bookfair will be a two-day event this year, there will even MORE great speakers, and for the first time, panel discussions. Confirmed Speakers and/or Panelists as of 1/21/07:
PANEL: Connecting the Big Picture to the Little Picture
- Jen Angel
(media activist, co-founder and former editor of Clamor Magazine, former coordinator of Maximum RocknRoll.)
- Melody Berger
(writer, editor of We Don't Need Another Wave, founder of radical feminist 'zine The F-Word.)
- Chris Carlsson
(San Francisco community organizer, helped launch Critical Mass, editor of The Political Edge and Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration, co-founder and contributor of Processed World.)
- Ward Churchill
(professor, Native American activist, historian, author of over 20 books including A Little Matter of Genocide, Perversions of Justice, and On the Justice of Roosting Chickens.)
- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
(feminist, historian, professor, revolutionary activist who has worked with many groups including AIM. Her most recent book is Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, an account of her time in Nicaragua and Honduras from 1981 to 1989.)
- Stephen Dunifer
(micropower pirate radio pioneer, founder of Free Radio Berkeley, author of several books about the micropower movement, distributes pirate radio kits, and is co-editor of Seizing the Airwaves.)
(renowned artist and performer, punk and squatter, active in the tenant's demonstrations in NYC's Lower East Side in the early 90s. Her graphic book of portraits PEOPS includes drawings and stories of people she has met all over the world.)
- Aaron Gach
(co-founder, Center for Tactical Magic, "Cultivating mirth and mischief in all four hemispheres." The CTM creates projects that trespass across the borders of art, activism, and daily provocation. Find out more about the amazing Tactical Ice Cream Unit!)
- Tiny Garcia (Lisa Gray-Garcia)
(author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America and co-editor and founder of Poor Magazine.)
- James Kelman
(Glasgow-born author of several plays, novels and political essays, including A Disaffection, Translated Accounts and How late it was, how late, a novel about police abuse that won the 1994 Booker Prize for Fiction.)
- Saul Landau
(scholar, author of several books including Assassination on Embassy Row, and award-winning filmmaker who addresses worldwide human rights, social and political issues in his works. His new book is A Bush & Botox World: Travels Through Bush's America.)
- Josh Macphee
(street artist, activist, poster maker, author of Stencil Pirates: a Global Survey of Street Stenciling, runs JustSeeds- a radical art distribution project, and curates the Celebrate People's History Poster Project.)
- Wendy-o Matik
(radical love activist, performance artist, author of several books of poetry, and Redefining Our Relationships: Guidelines for Responsible Open Relationships.)
- Keith McHenry
(homeless advocate, activist, co-founder in 1980 of the now-global movement Food Not Bombs, co-founder of SF Liberation Radio, helped start Indymedia and Homes Not Jails in the US, co-author of Food Not Bombs: How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community.)
- Cindy Milstein
(anarchist writer, Board Member and former Director of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, anarchist educator and author of several essays.)
- David Solnit
(activist, editor of Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World, co-founder of Art and Revolution collective that combines direct action and theater, worked with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to pressure Taco Bell to improve conditions for workers in the "sweatshops of the tomato fields.")
- Michelle Tea
(poet, spoken word artist, author of several works exploring life as a young queer woman including Valencia, co-founder of Sister Spit spoken word tour and editor of Without a Net: the Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class.)
- James Tracy
(author of The Military Draft Handbook, editor of The Civil Disobedience Handbook, and member of Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe, a collective of poets of the political imagination from the San Francisco Bay Area.)
PANEL: The Future of Independent and Radical Bookselling
- Lupe Arreola, Saint Peter's Housing Committee
- Kristy Feghali, active in New Orleans and Lebanon solidarity work
- Marshall Trammell, Critical Resistance
- Moderator: James Tracy, SF Community Land Trust
- Jessie Duke, Microcosm Publishing
- Sparky Taylor, Boxcar Books
- AK Press, and others.
- Moderator: Joe Biel, founder of Microcosm Publishing
Over a decade ago, the first Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair began as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Bound Together Bookstore, a collectively run anarchist bookstore located on San Francisco’s Haight Street. The Bound Together collective presented the first Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair on March 30, 1996.
The Spunk Library at the time wrote, “The collective intended to acknowledge 20 years of doing what they do by doing what they do best . . . and that is providing the materials and space for people to discover, display or distribute the alternative, the anarchic, the provocative and the elsewhere suppressed.”
The first Bookfair was held in the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park near Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, where the event is still held annually today. Admission was free, as it has been for the last eleven years.
In 1996, approximately 40 anarchist and alternative book, magazine, and publishers were present at tables selling and distributing materials and examples of their work. Keynote speakers included sex-positive educator, author and radical feminist Susie Bright; Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra; and cutting edge lesbian author, Kathy Acker. The bookfair continues to grow, attracting participants from the bay area and around the world.
Hope to see you there!