What happens at the Anarchist Bookfair?
The Anarchist Bookfair – Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 – takes place in two buildings, which are across from each other: i) the Georges-Vanier Cultural Center (CCGV) (2450 Workman) and ii) the CÉDA (2515 rue Delisle), an adult education and community center based in Little Burgundy/St-Henri, across from the CCGV. Both are just a few minutes from Lionel-Groulx métro.
In the two Bookfair Auditoriums at both CCGV & CÉDA there are over 100 booksellers, zinesters, distributors and groups from all over Montreal, Quebec, North America and beyond, sharing their publications and materials, most of which are hard or impossible to find at mainstream book stores. Many materials are available for free, and much is published specifically to be available at the Bookfair. Please note: Booksellers and vendors will be displaying only on Saturday, May 23. Workshops, theme rooms, films, art and more will take place on both days.
During the weekend, there is a Anarchist Film Festival (this year from May 22-24) screening alternative films and documentaries, while the walls of the Bookfair venue are covered with the works of anti-authoritarian artists as part of Art & Anarchy.
Free childcare and kids activities are available at the Bookfair in the Kid Zone; kids and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the Bookfair!
For everyone who attends, there’s also a Chill Space. The Chill Space was created out of the recognition that the Bookfair can be really overwhelming and intense for a variety of reasons, and that folks might need a place to be apart from the main Bookfair without feeling like they have to leave altogether.
There are also workshops and presentations throughout the weekend, in English and French. Some are intended as introductions to anarchism for those who are new to anarchy, while others explore an anarchist-themed subject in some depth.
In general, during the Bookfair, don’t hesitate to ask members of the Bookfair collective, or folks who are tabling or presenting, any question or inquiry you have about the ideas and practice of anarchism. The Bookfair collective actively strives to create an accessible and safe(r) event.
The Bookfair site is adjacent to a large park and sports field, and when the weather is nice (May in Montreal is usually quite beautiful), a large part of the Bookfair can be about kicking around a soccer ball or hanging out with friends, and soon-to-be friends.
The entire Bookfair is free, and open to all; however, your donations are appreciated so that we can meet our expenses.
Essentially, the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair is for people curious about anarchism and wanting to learn more.