Charlottesville Anarchist Book Fair – more new books!

This past Saturday, March 19th, a caravan of Richmonders made their way to the first Charlottesville Anarchist Book Fair! From the description of the event:

“Where are the radical voices in the South in a time of strong repression by police, expansion of prisons, larger threats to immigrants, budget cuts on education, further foreclosures, layoffs, ecological devastation, and to top it off, an administration that bases its power on co-opting the very history of radical struggle in the South and elsewhere in the US?

Well, everywhere, of course. The issue is how to meet one another, organize, strategize, and fight back together. With this in mind, anarchists and other radicals here in Charlottesville, Virginia will be hosting an Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday March 19th, 2011.

The bookfair will provide a space for anarchists, radicals, and the curious in the Mid-Atlantic/Central Appalachia region to converge and share literature, ideas, and have informal time together. It is also an opportunity to organize and discuss with the wider community by bringing great literature from all over, hosting workshops, facilitating action planning, and having fun events.”

Now, when I say “a caravan of Richmonders”…I mean it. There were folks from The Flying Brick Library, Richmond IWW, Richmond Food Not Bombs, Root Force Collective Farm, the Wingnut Anarchist Collective, and other folks from the city just milling about and networking. It was really nice to see that there is such a strong anarchist & radical faction in our own city, coming together in a totally separate city in order to facilitate the building of more solid networks and infrastructures.

It was a beautiful, sunny day, and Random Row Books, a bookstore and event space in downtown Charlottesville, VA, provided the perfect backdrop for the folks from all over who came to exchange literature, books, ideas, and much more. With the bookfair itself milling constantly, there were several events & workshops throughout the day, ending with a film screening and (so I’m told) a dance party with an awesome Anarchist Dance Party Mix.

Obviously, we couldn’t come back from an Anarchist Book Fair without – surprise! – more new books for the Library. Come on by and check them out – The Flying Brick Library open hours are, as always, Mondays from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Thursdays from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Indians Are Us? Culture and Genocide in Native North America


“Building on his work in ‘Fantasies of the Master Race’, Ward Churchill examines the relationship between culture and genocide, arguing with persuasive passion and rigorous research that the commercialization of American Indian Cultures represents an insidious threat to indigenous struggles for sovereignty and freedom.”

We Shall Not be Moved – The Women’s Factory Strike of 1909


“In 1909, When some workerts of the shirtwaist-makers’ union went on strike because of low wages and appalling conditions, there was little hope for success. But the girls were determined, and found the courage to picket, resisting even the police. Soon, a group of socially prominent and wealthy women came to their aid, bringing national attention to the plight of the workers. A powerful, thought-provoking book about classes coming together to fight for a common goal, ‘We Shall Not be Moved’ paints a vivid and often painful picture of the lives of working-class young women in 1909.”

Anarquismo Para Principiantes

“Las ideas de Proudhon, Bakunin, y Kropotkin, que parecian sepultadas por la historia, en especial a partir de la segunda mitad del siglo xx, recuperan gran parte de su vigencia. Crece la cantidad de banderas libertarias en las manifestaciones contra lo globalizacion y las corporaciones, sus postulados aparecen en los debates contemporaneos sobre el neoliberalismo o la ecologia, se multiplican los grupos en Internet que, de hecho, adhieren a sus principios. E intelectuales como Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleue, Osvaldo Bayer, Noam Chomsky, Murray Boochkin…reconocen en sus trabajos la herencia de los primeros acratas.”

Celebrate People’s History : The Posterbook of Resistance and Revolution

“The best way to learn history is to visualize it! Since 1998 Josh MacPhee has commissioned and produced over one hundred posters by over eighty artists that pay tribute to revolution, racial justice, women’s rights, queer liberation, labor struggles, and creative activism and organizing. Celebrate People’s History! presents these essential moments—acts of resistance and great events in an often hidden history of human and civil rights struggles—as a visual tour through decades and across continents, from the perspective of some of the most interesting and socially engaged artists working today. Includes Cristy Road, Swoon, Nicole Schulman, Christopher Cardinale, Sabrina Jones, Eric Drooker, Klutch, Carrie Moyer, Laura Whitehorn, Dan Berger, Ricardo Levins Morales, Chris Stain, and more.”

ABC’s of Anarchy

” The only ABC’s of Anarchy book suitable for children of all ages. Infants will love the imagery, Toddlers will thrive on learning the alphabet, and preschoolers will soak up the content while learning to read.

Every page includes insightful questions relevant for children or adults. Whether you merely want to go through the alphabet with your youngest, or have a thoughtful engaging discussion about life with your mother, this book is for you. “

La otra historia de los Estados Unidos

“En ‘La otra historia de los estados Unidos’, Howard Zinn nos ofrece una perspective inesperada y necesaria de los hechos y acontencimientos que forman parte de las historia de este pais.”

De Colores Means All of Us

“The unique Chicana voice of Elizabeth Martinez arises from more than thirty years of experience in the movements for civil rights, women’s liberation, and Latina/o empowerment. With sections on women’s organizing, struggles for economic justice, and the Latina/o youth movement, De Colores Means All of Us will appeal to readers and activists seeking to organize for the future and build new movements for liberation. “

Firebrands: Portraits from the Americas

“Curated by the Justseeds Artists’ Collective, Firebrands is 178 pages of art, world history, and dangerous information. These beautifully illustrated mini-poster pages showcase radicals, dissidents, folk singers, and rabble-rousers, from Emma Goldman to Tupac, Pablo Neruda to Fred Hampton. As say editors Shaun Slifer and Bec Young in the introduction, the book “is especially made for anyone who has sat, trembling with frustration and disappointment in history class, or reading a text book heavily edited of anything interesting or useful. It’s for all our ancestors, especially for the ones left out of or misrepresented in said textbook, because they were too brown, too female, too poor, too queer, too uneducated, too disabled, or because they felt or thought too much.” This is a real people’s history, a book packed with dynamite, desire, and, above all, courage.”

When Miners March

“Chronicling the West Virginia Mine Wars of the 1920s, this first-hand account of the coal miners’ uprisings offers a new perspective on labor unrest during this time period. Complete with previously unpublished family photographs and documents, this retelling shares the experiences of Bill Blizzard, the author’s father who was the leader of the Red Neck Army. The tensions between the union and the coal companies that led up to the famous Battle of Blair Mountain, the largest open and armed rebellion in United States history, are described in detail, as are its aftermath and legacy. Addressing labor issues in contemporary times, this historical narrative makes clear the human costs of extracting coal for electricity.”

Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now

“Written to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the first predominantly anti-capitalist revolution in the world, Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now is the perfect introductory text and one that will also sharpen the understanding of seasoned observers. Cockcroft provides readers with the historical context within which the revolution occurred; explains how the revolutionary process has played out over the past ten decades; tells us how the ideals of the revolution live on in the minds of Mexico’s peasants and workers; and critically examines the contours of modern Mexican society, including its ethnic and gender dimensions. Well-deserved attention is paid to the tensions between the rulers and the ruled inside the country and the connected tensions between the Mexican nation and the neighboring giant to the north.

Mexico’s Revolution Then and Now also explores the possibility of Mexico’s revolutionary history finally bearing the fruit long hoped for by the country’s disenfranchised—a prospect kept alive by the unyieldingstruggle of the last one hundred years. This is the definitive introduction to one of the most important events of the twentieth century.”

An Action A Day Keeps Global Capitalism Away

“Fifty-two tried and tested actions, one for every week–an action guide for the 21st century. For concerned citizens who want to change the world, this is a lively, challenging introduction to a variety of action strategies including * social action * organizing * theatrical action * civil disobedience * using the media. Each action includes a rationale and examples: what you need to pull it off, and where it can be used. From Radical Cheerleading, to Fishing in the Sewers, and Gas Mask Car Shopping, there’s appropriate action here for every cause. Includes * original cartoons throughout * website reference guide.”

Black Elk Speaks

“Black Elk Speaks is the story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. Black Elk met the distinguished poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881–1973) in 1930 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and chose Neihardt to tell his story. Neihardt understood and conveyed Black Elk’s experiences in this powerful and inspirational message for all humankind.

When Black Elk received his great vision, white settlers were invading the Lakotas’ homeland, decimating buffalo herds, and threatening to extinguish the Lakotas’ way of life. The Lakotas fought fiercely to retain their freedom and way of life, a dogged resistance that resulted in a remarkable victory at the Little Bighorn and an unspeakable tragedy at Wounded Knee. Black Elk Speaks offers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time, however. As related by Neihardt, Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of humanity and the earth have made this book a venerated spiritual classic. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, a history of a Native nation, or an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.”

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~ by flyingbrickrva on March 21, 2011.

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