Anarchist Book Fairs Around the World in 2012

FE at NYC, Montreal, and SF


Fifth Estate # 386, Spring, 2012

Many anarchist book fairs are scheduled for 2012, and the Fifth Estate will make an appearance at some of them.

We will have a booth for our magazine at the 6th annual New York City Anarchist Book Fair, which we will share with the Support Marie Mason Committee as we’ve done in past years.

We will also will share tables at the Montreal and San Francisco events.


New York City has been a center of anarchist life, culture, struggle, and ideas for 150 years, and will host a week-end exposition of books, zines, pamphlets, art, film/video, and other cultural and political productions of the anarchist scene worldwide April 14-15 at Judson Memorial Church in lower Manhattan.

Check their site for more information:

The Book Fair also includes two days of panels, presentations, workshops, and skillshares. They call for anarchist publishers, zinesters, film/videographers, artists and members of the worldwide anarchist community to meet local anarchists and others from all over the globe.

Contact the NYC Anarchist Book Fair organizing collective to volunteer, make a donation, or get more information, at

Diversity is important to them and they are committed to promoting voices typically underrepresented at mainstream and activist conferences, whether for reasons of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, income or ability.

The Book Fair has a policy against racist, sexist, queer-phobic, or other disrespectful behavior that works against.


The 13th annual Montreal Anarchist Bookfair takes place during Montreal’s month long Festival of Anarchy on May 19 and 20, 10am-5pm at the CEDA, 2515 rue Delisle, (a short walk from Lionel-Groulx metro).

The bookfair is one of North America’s largest, and features publishers, distributors, and book sellers from across the continent and Europe. There is a zine room, films, art exhibits, and introductory as well as in-depth workshops, some in French and others in English. The Fifth Estate will be present with its latest edition.

The bookfair–and month-long Festival of Anarchy –bring together anarchist ideas and practice, through words, images, music, theatre and day-to-day struggles for justice, dignity and collective liberation.

The Festival of Anarchy begins with a traditional May Day march, an important event in Montreal. Different groups and individuals organize events during the Festival of Anarchy including poetry reading, films, and discussions. The Seventh Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival is May 15-17. See for a listing of performances.


There are enough book fairs planned to necessitate a web site to help assure that events don’t conflict, but also to connect people to them. Anarchist Bookfairs of the World is a resource blog to help advertise and organize anarchist book-fairs:

Distro the FE at @ Book Fairs

If you would like to help circulate the Fifth Estate, we are looking for people to distribute our issues at North American anarchist book fairs. Let us know when an event in your area is a occurring and how many you can pass out for free, and we’ll ship them to you.

We would like to have our magazine at fairs on other continents, but postage costs have made shipping all but a few almost prohibitive.

Reach us by snail mail or at