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exhibition for anti-authoritarian literature and anarchist cultural events
Anarchism and books
An anarchist bookfair is an exhibition for anti-authoritarian literature often combined with anarchist social and cultural events. They have existed since at least 1983, beginning in London, and are held either annually or sporadically. Some have speakers or other events related to anarchist culture.
Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair, 2008
Anarchist bookfairs have existed since at least 1983. They are community-organized, held either annually or sporadically, and usually last between a day and a weekend. At these fairs, anarchist publishers sell literature from booths to an internal audience of other anarchists and anarchist publishers. They are also social events, as the distribution of publication brings those sympathetic to anarchism together to exchange ideas and organize according to their shared interest. Bookfairs are not intended to replace external political activism or fight capitalism, but serve as a space for anarchist activists to build networks and experience social togetherness.
The Montreal Anarchist Book Fair (French: Salon du livre anarchiste de Montréal) has occurred annually since at least 2009. It attracts anti-capitalists and activists including anarchoprimitivists, Marxists, queer groups, and skinheads. An article in Lien social et Politiques called the Montreal Anarchist Book Fair and Festival of Anarchy together the largest annual gathering of its kind in North America. The fair inspired Expozine, a small press, zine, and comics fair in Montreal, which began in 2002.Victoria, British Columbia, also hosts an anarchist bookfair.