The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair – takes place in two buildings, which are across from each other: i) the Georges-Vanier Cultural Centre (CCGV) (2450, rue Workman) and ii) the CÉDA (2515, rue Delisle), an adult education and community centre 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.
During the weekend, there is an Anarchist Film Room while the Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier art gallery will host the Art & Anarchy exhibition.
Free childcare and kids’ activities are available at the Bookfair in the Kid Zone. Children and their caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend the Bookfair!
There are two Chill Spaces that were created out of the recognition that the Bookfair can be really overwhelming and intense for a variety of reasons, and that folx might need a place to be apart from the main Bookfair without feeling like they have to leave altogether.
Workshops and presentations are held throughout the weekend, in English, French, and Spanish. Some are intended as introductions to anarchism for those who are new to anarchy, while others explore an anarchist-themed subject in some depth.
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.