Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The 19th Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair

Last Saturday afternoon I crossed under the Bay to check out the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair. The atmosphere was bustling & friendly. Anarchists do seem to love paper. I was given a handy wallet-size guide about interacting with the police & picked up a zine titled "Abolish Restaurants." I enjoyed learning how Beehive Design Collective uses computers to plan the layouts of its wall-sized images.

The event was catered by food trucks & groups handing out free food. There were also 3 tracks of talks & panel discussions. I attended a session on Surveillance Self Defense, in which 4 presenters listed on-line privacy apps to an extremely polite audience.

This year, the fair's venue was The Crucible in West Oakland, a very cool warehouse space offering classes in industrial arts. Most of the classes involve the use of open flame, making it an ironic place to hold a book fair.

§ The 19th Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair
March 22, 2014, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Crucible, West Oakland

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