Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair

This Friday, Red Emma's kicks off the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Radical BookfairThe biggest event we organize all year long. Three days of films, speakers, workshops, tablers, and, of course BOOKS, all focused around questions, communities, identities, and activism that concern the radical left! And we want to see all of you there - help us make this year's Bookfair even better than last year's event (held in June/July 2006 at Centerstage) ... read on below for the quick list and details, and then keep reading for some of the highlights of the weekend's festivities - get the full schedule on the Bookfair website: www.redemmas.org/bookfair!

Friday's Film Fest has a suggested donation of $5 to raise funds for the Bookfair - and Saturday & Sunday's events are entirely FREE! Tell everyone you know! (And please forward this announcement far & wide!)The 2007 Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair takes place this October 19-21 at 2640 Saint Paul Street in Baltimore!Bringing together the best of radical publishing and writing, with tablers, speakers, artists, activists, and other oddballs from across the country, the Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair is a jam-packed weekend-long celebration of informed resistance!Bookfair Highlights:Featuring talks and workshops by Dahr Jamail, Joy James, Ashanti Alston, Sylvia Federici, George Caffentzis, David Solnit, Muhammad Ahmad, China Martens, Stephen Duncombe, M.K. Asante Jr., $pread Magazine, Unconventional Action, Radical Reference, Erik Ruin, and Marshall "Eddie" Conway.With over 50 tablers including AK Press, Africa World Press, Autonomedia, Bluestockings Books, Brian MacKenzie Infoshop, City Lights, CodePink DC, CrimethInc, Down There Health Collective, Haymarket Books, Institute for Experimental Freedom, JMWW, Justseeds, Kersplebedeb, Left Turn, Microcosm Publishing, New Press, Normal's Books & Records, Off Our Backs, One Thousand Emotions, Read Street Books & Coffee, Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, Scarlet Letter Project, Seven Stories Press, Social Anarchism, $pread Magazine, Unconventional Action, and Wooden Shoe Books.Including an all-day Radical Film Festival on October 19 at 2640 Saint Paul Street with screenings of Chris Marker's Case of the Grinning Cat, Catherine Pancake's Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice, Bill Daniel's Who is Bozo Texino?, Naomi Klein & Alfonso Cuarón's The Shock Doctrine, Mal de Ojo TV's Impunity in Oaxaca, and Finally Got The News (a film by the League of Revolutionary Black Workers).For more information and a full schedule of events and descriptions, seehttp://www.redemmas.org/bookfair or email bookfair@redemmas.org.Bookfair Details:The Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair is an annual event organized by Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse in Baltimore, in collaboration with Washington D.C.'s Brian MacKenzie Infoshop and Philadelphia's Wooden Shoe Books. The 2006 Bookfair was held in downtown Baltimore at Centerstage, and drew in over 3,000 visitors over the course of the weekend, thanks to widespread community support and media attention. This year, the organizing committee is thrilled to announce that the 2007 Bookfair will take place at 2640, the new community events space developed by Red Emma's, located in the former sanctuary space at the historic Saint John's Church in Charles Village (2640 Saint Paul Street). Additional workshops will also be held at The Village Learning Place, a community library located just down the street from Saint John's Church, at 2521 Saint Paul Street.This year, kick off the Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair at Baltimore's first-ever Radical Film Festival, all day on October 19, at 2640 Saint Paul Street!From uprisings in Oaxaca to homeland insecurities, from the streets of Paris to the freight-trains of the midwest, from the mountaintops of West Virginia to the auto factories of Detroit, Red Emma's brings you some of the most unusual short political films we've discovered this year.Films run from noon – 10PM on Friday, October 19. $5 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away for a lack of funds—that's just $5 for a whole day of films (that's less than 50 cents per film)! See the full schedule and list of films on the Film Fest website: http://www.redemmas.org/bookfair/2007/filmfest.Don't miss our evening feature presentation:6PM: Chris Marker's The Case of the Grinning Cat (2006, 58min.)French documentarian and cinema-essayist Chris Marker reflects on French and international politics, art and culture at the start of the new millennium. In November 2001, the filmmaker became intrigued, as did many other Parisians, by the sudden appearance of alluring portraits of grinning yellow cats on buildings, Metro walls and other public surfaces. This engaging record of Marker's cinematic peregrinations throughout the city, visually energized by his free-association montage style, chronicles strikes, demonstrations, memorials, election campaigns, celebrity scandals, international political incidents, and a seemingly endless variety of political protests (against the Iraq War, against China's occupation of Tibet, against the government's ban on the wearing of Muslim headscarves). Baltimore premiere!7PM: Black Diamonds: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight for Coalfield Justice (2006, 71 min.)Black Diamonds charts the escalating drama in Appalachia over the alarming increase in large mountaintop coal mines. These mammoth operations have covered 1200 miles of headwater streams with mining waste; demolished thousands of acres of hardwood forest; and flattened hundred of Appalachian mountain peaks. Citizen testimony and visual documentation interwoven with the perspectives of government officials, activists, and scientists create a riveting portrait of an American region fighting for its life--caught between the grinding wheels of the national appetite for cheap energy and an enduring sense of Appalachian culture, pride, and natural beauty. Director Catherine Pancake will be on-hand to introduce the film and answerquestions afterwards!9PM: Finally Got the News, a film by the League of Revolutionary Black Workers (1970, 55 min.)FINALLY GOT THE NEWS is a forceful, unique documentary that reveals the activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers inside and outside the auto factories of Detroit. Through interviews with the members of the movement, footage shot in the auto plants, and footage of leafleting and picketing actions, the film documents their efforts to build an independent black labor organization that, unlike the UAW, will respond to worker's problems, such as the assembly line speed-up and inadequate wages faced by both black and white workers in the industry.Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21: Browse the best of radical and independent publishing at the Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair! Free admission!From 11AM-6PM on Saturday and Sunday, publishers, presses, authors, and activist groups from around the country will gather at 2640 Saint Paul Street, bringing new and old radical literature to sell and trade. From books and magazines to zines and tshirts, visitors will find a little bit of everything for sale at the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair. Find a full list of tablers and short descriptions on the Bookfair website at:http://redemmas.org/bookfair/2007/tablesBe sure to check out these great radical presses and distros:AK PressAK Press is a worker-run book publisher and distributor organized around anarchist principles. All decisions, including which titles to distribute and what to publish, are made collectively. The Press makes available radical books and other materials published by independent presses, providing information and non-mainstream perspectives on topics ranging from anarchism, labor, and globalization to graffiti, folk music, and surrealism.AutonomediaA radical publisher that seeks to provide an autonomous zone for arts radicals in both old and new media, Autonomedia publishes books on radical media, politics and the arts that transcend party lines, bottom lines and straight lines.Bluestockings BooksBluestockings is a radical bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, with a great selection of radical and hard-to-find literature and an amazing program of ongoing events that makes us salivate every time we look at their website.Brian MacKenzie CenterThe Brian MacKenzie Infoshop is a cooperatively-run radical book and record shop located in Washington, D.C. Organized around anarchist principles, the Infoshop provides meeting and event space for radical groups and projects; sponsors a variety of political and cultural events such as hosting speakers, authors, film screenings, artists and various performers; and provides a gathering space and haven for radical activists to meet and connect with other activists and independent thinkers.Charles H. KerrThe oldest radical publisher in the U.S, today Charles H. Kerr operates as a worker-owned co-operative not-for-profit educational association. Its publication list features beautifully printed, reasonably priced books that bring back into print some of the best radical authors of times past, as well as heretofore unpublished writings by T-Bone Slim, Claude McKay, Slim Brundage, and Covington Hall; new books by H. L. Mitchell, Staughton Lynd, Warren Leming, and Carlos Cortez; and a large and steadily growing number of books on the IWW.Institute for Experimental Freedom (Southeast)The Institute for Experimental Freedom is a transbioregional university of insurrectional arts. Contributing to the insurrectional project, the IEF creates and deconstructs radical aesthetics and elaborates on a historical and ecological materialist discourse. The IEF focuses primarily on insurrectional theory and naratives of practice, critical race theory, post/transfeminisms, and anti-civilization through a "social eschatological" perspective. Current projects include a compilation of Venezuelan anarchist anti-Chavista works and publishing and layout for a zine exploring the liberatory and negate-ive potential of re-subjectification of Otherized bodies through the use of the 'alt' and feminist porn.JustseedsStarted by Josh MacPhee in 1998 as a distribution system for a small number of radical art projects, Justseeds now houses almost 150 items, from shirts to posters, original print art to zines and videos. Justseeds' mission is to make available the most exciting independent and political culture that is being created. Justseeds focuses on promoting a wide array of political art and printmaking being made today, anarchist culture and publications, and street art, stencil and graffiti culture that is both critical of and engaged with the larger world we live in.MicrocosmMicrocosm Publishing is an independent publisher and distributor based in Bloomington, IN and Portland, OR. We distribute & publish zines, books, pamphlets, stickers, buttons, patches, t-shirts, posters, films, and more! We hope to add credibility to zine writers and their ethics, teach self-empowerment, show hidden history, and nurture people's creative side. We began in 1996 with one person doing part time mail-order out of a bedroom.Normals Books and RecordsNormals is an incredible collectively run used bookstore in Waverly (practically down the street from the Bookfair location at 31st and Greenmount) that's made book addicts in Baltimore extremely happy for the past 17 years.Off Our BacksOff Our Backs is a newsjournal by, for, and about women. It has been published continuously since 1970, making it the longest surviving feminist newspaper in the United States. It is run by a collective where all decisions are made by consensus. The mission of the magazine is to provide news and information about women's lives and feminist activism; to educate the public about the status of women around the world; to serve as a forum for feminist ideas and theory; to be an information resource on feminist, women's, and lesbian culture; and to seek social justice and equality for women worldwide.Red Emma's Bookstore CoffeehouseBaltimore's only fair trade coffeeshop and collectively run bookstore, and one of the primary organizers of the Radical Bookfair – we'll be on hand to provide vegan treats and caffeinated beverages all weekend – plus special in-store specials if you can get away from the fair and visit us down in Mt. Vernon.Seven Stories PressSeven Stories Press is an independent book publisher based in New York City, with distribution throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand. We publish works of the imagination by such writers as Nelson Algren, Kate Braverman, Octavia Butler, Harriet Scott Chessman, Assia Djebar, Ariel Dorfman, Martin Duberman, Alan Dugan, Annie Ernaux, Barry Gifford, Stanley Moss, Peter Plate,Charley Rosen, Ted Solotaroff, Lee Stringer, Martin Winckler and Kurt Vonnegut, among many others, together with political titles by voices of conscience, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Tom Athanasiou, the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, The Center for Constitutional Rights, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, Shere Hite,Robert McChesney, Phil Jackson, Ralph Nader, Gary Null, Benjamin Pogrund, Project Censored, Luis J. Rodriguez, Barbara Seaman, Vandana Shiva, Leora Tanenbaum, Koigi wa Wamwere, Gary Webb and Howard Zinn.Wooden Shoe BooksEstablished in December, 1976, the Wooden Shoe began as a council communist bookstore. Today Wooden Shoe Books & Records is a collectively-run anarchist bookstore carrying thousands of book titles as well as music, pamphlets, 'zines, t-shirts, buttons, patches and more. WS frequently tables at political events and punk rock shows, in addition to sponsoring their own events. A mainstay of the Infoshop culture in the United States, the Wooden Shoe is Philaelphia's best radical bookstore.The Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair offers a full program of talks, workshops, and panel discussions all day Saturday & Sunday. And best of all, they're all FREE!An incredible program of speakers and presenters awaits visitors to this year's Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair, covering topics ranging from Black Radicalism in the United States to the Iraq War, the renegotiation of the Commons, organizing efforts around the upcoming '08 political conventions, the radical potential of the service industry, and much, much more. Check out the schedule of speakers and workshops on the Bookfair website:http://www.redemmas.org/bookfair/scheduleSaturday (October 20) Highlights include:1PM: Muhammad Ahmad (Max Stanford) presents We Will Return in the Whirlwind: Black Radical Organizations 1960-1975Former Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM) chairman Muhammad Ahmad (born Max Stanford) comes to Baltimore to present his new book We Will Return In the Whirlwind, an incredible first-hand account of the wave of Black resistance that swept the U.S. in the wake of the Civil Rights movement. From Malcolm X's last days to the radicalization of SNCC to the founding of the Black Panther Party and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, Ahmad's new work tells the story of a consistently radical black organizing tradition whose goal was nothing less than a revolution in the U.S.1:30PM: Stephen Duncombe on "Dreampolitik"What practical political lessons can we learn from corporate theme parks, ad campaigns, video games like Grand Theft Auto, celebrity culture, and Las Vegas? Stephen Duncombe, professor of the history and politics of media and culture at New York University, discusses his new book Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics In An Age of Fantasy, and proposes that such examples of popular fantasy can help us define and make possible a new political future. Duncombe is the author of Notes From the Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture and the editor of The Cultural Resistance Reader.3PM: Sylvia Federici & George Caffentzis on Rethinking War and the Struggle Against It In the Neoliberal EraSylvia Federici and George Caffentzis, both members of the radical academic Midnight Notes Collective, join together for a presentation in three parts that examines the purpose of war in modern society and the ways in which war affects the commons and current markets, and deals with the question on everyone's mind: "How can the anti-war movement escape its stalemate with the Bush Administration?"5PM: Ashanti Alston on international organizingAshanti Alston Omowali is an anarchist activist, speaker, and writer, and former member of the Black Panther Party. He was also a member of the Black Liberation Army, and spent more than a decade in prison after government forces captured him (and the official court system convicted him) for armed robbery. A former northeast coordinator for Critical Resistance, Ashanti is currently co-chair of the National Jericho Movement (to free U.S. political prisoners), a member of pro-Zapatista people-of-color U.S.-based Estación Libre, and is on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies.5PM: David Solnit on counter-recruitment and Army of NoneBay-area activist and Seattle 1999 organizer David Solnit returns to Baltimore to discuss the Army of None project, an ongoing counter-recruitment effort based on the notion that the military recruitment complex insinuates itself into the daily lives of children and youth in ways most people are not aware of. Millions of dollars are poured into advanced marketing strategies; recruiters walk freely into classrooms with false promises of a way out of poverty. The Army of None Project argues that childhood should be free of military influence and the constant pressure to enlist. This is not just a way to protect our most valuable national resource—children—it is an effective way to take local action to provide equal opportunity and youth leadership training for those who bear the burden of fighting in Iraq and beyond.Sunday (October 21) Highlights include:12PM: Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority, with Erik RuinRed Emma's is thrilled to welcome Erik Ruin (street artist, puppeteer, and editor of the art/politics zine Trouble in Mind) back to Baltimore for a more in-depth presentation of his new anthology (co-edited with Josh MacPhee of the Justseeds project), Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority. The book is filled to the gills with articles and essays on the development and significance of anarchist art and artistic anarchism (including an article featuring Camp Baltimore's social justice trailer project).1PM: Joy James presents Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing and Prisons in a Penal Democracy, with a special phone-in by former Black Panther and political prisoner Eddie "Marshall" ConwayThe United States has more than two million people locked away in federal, state, and local prisons. Although most of the U.S. population is non-Hispanic and white, the vast majority of the incarcerated—and policed—is not. Contributors consider the interning or policing of citizens of color, the activism of radicals, structural racism, destruction and death in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and the FBI Counterintelligence Program designed to quash domestic dissent.Editor Joy James is John B. and John T. McCoy Presidential Professor of Africana Studies and College Professor in Political Science at Williams College. She is the author of Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics and Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender, and Race in U.S. Culture and the editor of The New Abolitionists: (Neo)Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings and Imprisoned Intellectuals: America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion.Baltimore Black Panther Marshall "Eddie" Conway has been wrongfully incarcerated in the state of Maryland for more than 35 years, one of the many victims of the FBI's infamous COINTELPRO program.2PM: China Martens presents The Future GenerationA pioneer of the genre, especially when it comes to mamazines, China Martens started her zine The Future Generation in 1990. She was a young anarchist punk rock mother who didn't feel that the mamas in her community had enough support, so she began delivering articles on radical parenting to her compañeras in an age before the Internet made such a thing easy. Now, for the first time, 16 years of her zine and parenting writing life come together. This zine-book uses individual issues as chapters, focuses on personal writing, and retains the character of a zine that changed over the years-growing from her daughter's birth to teenagehood and beyond. Personal and political; ideas and actions; the intimacy of a zine meets the arching reach of a book.3PM: The Baltimore Algebra Project reports on their October 17 March for Jobs and EducationThe Baltimore Algebra Project seeks to foster an environment where students can possess the mathematics skills necessary to desire, demand, and successfully complete a college preparatory curriculum in high school, opening the gateway to opportunities and choices of careers in mathematics and technical fields. One of the longest-running and most highly effective activist groups in the Baltimore area, the Algebra Project continues to inspire and intrigue us on a daily basis. Join students as they report back on their October 17 March for Jobs and Education.4PM: Independent journalist Dahr Jamail on the Iraq War, with members of Iraq Veterans Against the WarIn late 2003, Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. He spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country, and has reported from other countries in the region, including Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. His new book, Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq is a critical addition to our understanding of the occupation of Iraq and the essential role of independent journalism.Jamail will be joined by members of the Iraq Veterans Against the War coalition, who will share their experiences in Iraq and at home.