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  • Libraries 4 Black Lives - Sat, 21 Jan 2017 @ AARL

    Libraries 4 Black Lives - Sat, 21 Jan 2017 @ AARL

    Libraries 4 Black Lives

    Saturday, January 21, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

    The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Libraries 4 Black Lives (L4BL) and On Our Own Authority! Publishing, will host a public forum on reaffirming the role of American Libraries as advocates against marginalization and injustice by upholding its core values of equity, civic engagement and intellectual freedom. This event is free and open to the public at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

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  • Announcing the 2016 Atlanta Radical Book Fair!

    We are very excited to announce our participation in the 2016 inaugural Atlanta Radical Book Fair! 

    The Atlanta Radical Book Fair is a gathering of radical left writers, publishers, artists, activists, and community organizations from across the American South and beyond. The inaugural 2016 fair will host panel discussions on themes of revolutionary Black history, anti-racism, queer resistance, and visual art as social action, among other topics. The Book Fair will, of course, also feature an indoor market with tables from radical publishers, artists, booksellers, and community organizations.

    Please visit the book fair's website for more information. 

    See you there!!

    Saturday, 15 October 2016
    12 - 6pm

    Little Five Points Community Center
    1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

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  • Review of HOW QUEER! in Philadelphia Gay News


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    Check out this review of Faith Beachemin's How Queer!  in the Philadephia Gay News summer reading list:

    "This slim volume of essays loosely focused on bisexuality is difficult to categorize — and that’s a good thing.

    "Part personal narrative, part analysis, it explores the various ways that bisexuality upsets what many contributors refer to as monosexism, the assumption that you can only be attracted to people of one gender.

    "Editor Beauchemin sets the tone in her introduction, alerting readers that the book doesn’t offer a grand, unified plan of action. Instead, she situates bisexuality into the capacious, eclectic framework of queer politics. That can’t be taken for granted because, as she correctly notes, bisexuals still struggle to make their voices heard among gays and lesbians.

    "The book includes a helpful glossary, a brief bibliography and some theoretical analysis, but it’s the 14 personal narratives that are the book’s core.

    "Two major themes emerge from those accounts. First, in a world where bisexuality is often either hypersexualized or erased, it’s an affirming, political act whenever bisexuals present and interpret their personal stories.

    "The second is the harmful consequence of denying the diversity of sexual orientation. Many contributors were raised in evangelical Christian households; their coming out was made doubly painful because they lost both their faith and their family."

    Thanks, PGN!

    Order your copy of How Queer!  at the link above.

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  • NOW AVAILABLE: Dolly Deals, "Mixed Kids' Tapes vol. 1"

    "an ongoing exercise in validating ourselves"

    We are excited to announce that we are now distributing copies of "Mixed Kids' Tapes vol. 1,"  compiled and published by Dolly Deals. This new zine is a collection of poetry, art, comics, and short prose by authors of many different racial and cultural backgrounds, reflecting on their unique experiences as people with mixed identity.

    To order your copy, click here or follow the link below to our online store. 

    MKT will also be available for purchase at the upcoming Toronto Anarchist Book Fair and the Atlanta Radical Book Fair. 

    You can keep up with Dolly's work by following him/her on instagram: @dolly.deals

    Zine Price: $5


    Order Online

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  • 10th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair

    Saturday, April 16, 11am-7pm

    Judson Memorial Church
    55 Washington Square South
    New York, NY 10012

    Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the NYC Anarchist Book Fair on Sat., April 16, 2016 at the Judson Memorial Church. The book fair will bring publishers, designers, writers, artists, musicians, and activists from all over North America to this historic location in Greenwich Village—the neighborhood that is one of the birthplaces of the anarchist movement in the US. 

    The NYC Anarchist Book Fair is free to the public. It provides a safe space for activists to meet and organize and where the anarcho-curious can get informed about a movement against capitalism and the state that is central to many of the most important political and cultural currents of our time. Besides exhibits by anarchist publishers, artisans, and organizers, the book fair will feature panels and workshops on a wide range of topics, from anarchist history, theory, and politics to economics, culture, social movements, and art.

    The NYC Anarchist Arts Festival and the NYC Anarchist Film Festival, will be held in conjunction with the book fair. For the first time this year we'll also have a anarchist music night. 

    More information: www.anarchistbookfair.net

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  • Now Available: HOW QUEER!, by Faith Beauchemin

    How Queer! is a rightfully unapologetic refusal to assimilate to heterosexist and homophobic societal standards. While the essays are as unique as our identities can be, there is a consistent feeling of hope throughout the stories as each author demonstrates the courage it requires to live and love as our authentic selves. Ultimately, this book is a necessary call to dismantle the systemic forms of oppression, namely capitalism and patriarchy, which are a result of colonization and are responsible for the denial and erasure of gender and sexual fluidity in modern American society. Are you ready to get started?" 

    — Amanda Atwell, Georgia State University.


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    How Queer! gathers together fourteen autobiographical essays written not by sociologists or professional activists, but by ordinary bisexual, pansexual, and sexually-fluid people. These writers come from diverse backgrounds, but their personal narratives explore overarching themes of non-monosexual visibility, activism, confrontation with homophobia and religious bias, and endlessly double-edged experiences in the LGBTQ community.

    These stories help bring understanding to anyone who wants to learn more about gender and sexual identity—whether to help define their own journey, to grow their own awareness, or to build solidarity with one another.

    As a complement to these narratives, Faith Beauchemin offers her own personal commentary in a series of reflective essays, which place the writers’ experiences in the context of broader movements for radical social change. Beauchemin argues that a trend toward bisexual erasure in LGBTQ activism is all too prevalent, and functions only to serve the interest of patriarchy, sexism, and homophobia.

    In contrast to this trend of erasure, the stories collected in How Queer! subvert oppressive hierarchies by highlighting the perspectives and revolutionary potential of people who refuse to fit neatly into the narrow categories of sexual identity that are imposed upon them at every turn.

    Faith Beauchemin is a writer, activist, blogger, and independent feminist scholar from Detroit, Michigan, currently living in Anniston, Alabama.

    Help support this and other publishing projects by ordering your copy of How Queer! today at the link above.

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  • Pre-Order HOW QUEER! (Coming January 2016)

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    We are excited to announce the upcoming publication of How Queer!, the highly-anticipated debut title from Faith Beauchemin. A short synopsis of the book is below. You can pre-order the book by clicking the image above. Pre-orders help us to sustain and continue projects like these. Reserving your copy of How Queer! today will go a long way toward helping us keep this book (and all of our other titles) in print. Thank you!

    How Queer! gathers together fourteen autobiographical essays written not by sociologists or professional activists, but by ordinary bisexual, pansexual, and sexually-fluid people. These writers come from diverse backgrounds, but their personal narratives explore overarching themes of non-monosexual visibility, activism, confrontation with homophobia and religious bias, and endlessly double-edged experiences in the LGBTQ community.

    These stories help bring understanding to anyone who wants to learn more about gender and sexual identity—whether to help define their own journey, grow their own awareness, or to build solidarity with one another.

    As a complement to these narratives, Faith Beauchemin offers her own personal commentary in a series of reflective essays, which place the writers’ experiences in the context of broader movements for radical social change. Beauchemin argues that a trend toward bisexual erasure in LGBTQ activism is all too prevalent, and functions only to serve the interest of patriarchy, sexism, and homophobia.

    In contrast to this trend of erasure, the stories collected in How Queer! subvert oppressive hierarchies by highlighting perspectives and revolutionary potential of people who refuse to fit neatly into the narrow categories of sexual identity that are imposed upon them at every turn.

    Faith Beauchemin is a writer, activist, blogger, and independent feminist scholar from Detroit, Michigan, currently living in Anniston, Alabama. 

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  • This Weekend: 2nd Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair!

    This Sunday, November 15, we will be tabling at the 2nd annual Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco! More information below:

    City College of San Francisco, Mission Campus: 1125 Valencia, 10am-6pm

    The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of People’s History, Past Present and Future. We gather together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small.

    The 2015 HZBF will take place on Sunday November 15th, 2015 and you are invited to be a part of it. Propose a reading. Rent a table to sell books or zines. Attend the over 40 readings and inspiring keynotes.

    More information is available by following this link.

    Hope to see you there!

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  • EVENT: "Rethinking Black Resistance and Insurrection in the American South."

    Hammonds House Museum
    Saturday, 10 October 2015
    1:00 pm

    503 Peeples St SW,
    Atlanta, Georgia 30310

    Hammonds House Museum and the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Malcom X Grassroots Movement will host "Rethinking Black Resistance and Insurrection in the American South." 

    This community discussion will examine the history of organized armed uprisings and spontaneous acts of insurrection by Blacks in the American South. Highlighting the vital roles they played in undermining the peculiar institution of slavery and strengthening contemporary struggles for equality, this discussion moves organized armed resistance and insurrection by Black communities from the overlooked historical margins to the center of U.S. History. 

    Panelists include: 

    - Dr. Akinyele Umoja, the Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University and author of "We Will Shoot Back" (http://nyupress.org/books/9780814725245);
    - Dr. Modibo Kadalie, author of "Internationalism, Pan-Africanism, and the Struggle of Social Classes" (http://www.heatindex.us/2013/11/07/63);
    - Saralee Stafford and Neal Shirley, authors of the recently published "Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South" (www.akpress.org/dixie-be-damned.html);
    -Onyeka, British historian and scholar and the author of "Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status, and Origins" (http://mediadiversified.org/2014/02/12/its-time-to-talk-about-black-tudors/).

    BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE EVENT

    For more information, please visit the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/911005878955001/

    We hope to see you there!

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  • EVENT: "Black Rebellion in Georgia" with Modibo Kadalie, Saralee Stafford, Neal Shirley

    Sunday, June 14th 3:00PM

    Hammonds House Museum
    503 Peeples Street SW
    Atlanta, GA 30310

    Black Rebellion in Georgia: From the Ogeechee Insurrection to Black Power and Beyond

    Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host "Black Rebellion in Georgia: From the Ogeechee Insurrection to Black Power and Beyond." 

    This community discussion will feature a panel of scholars/activists who will explore historical acts of insurrection by Black communities in the American South, including the post-Civil War Ogeechee insurrection outside of Savannah, the 1966 Atlanta Summerhill neighborhood riots, and the 1977 Atlanta garbage workers' strike. This discussion will also examine the historical relevance of these struggles to recent uprisings related to police brutality and the political and economic disenfranchisement black communities. 

    Panelists include Saralee Stafford and Neal Shirley, authors of the recently published Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South, and Modibo Kadalie, author of Internationalism, Pan-Africanism, and the Struggle of Social Classes.

    For more information, please visit the facebook event page.

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