MD EVENT: 2007 Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair

It’s Bookfair week! This Friday, Red Emma’s kicks off the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair – the 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 web site! 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!

::::: October 19-21 | The 2007 Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair! | @ 2640 Saint Paul St. :::::

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, Grateful Dread Public Radio, Haymarket Books, Institute for Experimental Freedom, JMWW, Justseeds, Kersplebedeb, Left Turn, Microcosm Publishing, New Press, Normals Books & Records, Off Our Backs, One Thousand Emotions, Read Street Books & Coffee, Red Emmas 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 Cuaron’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, see or email

*** Bookfair Details ***

The Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair is an annual event organized by Red Emmas Bookstore Coffeehouse in Baltimore, in collaboration with Washington D.C.s Brian MacKenzie Infoshop and Philadephia’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 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 Emmas, located in the former sanctuary space at the historic Saint Johns 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 Johns Church, at 2521 Saint Paul Street.

This year, we’re happy to announce that we will again have a Bookfair Kidz Corner, a safe place for kids to play and learn while their parents have a chance to explore the Bookfair! Find out more on the website – and send us an email if you want to get involved as a volunteer!

PLUS: Bookfair bike rental! Coming to town for the Bookfair & wondering how to get from 2640 down to Red Emma’s? “Rent” a bike from Baltimore’s Velocipede Bike Project, a collectively-operated bike shop that’s fixed up bikes especially for our Bookfair visitors – stop by their shop on Friday-Sunday to borrow a bike for a $20 returnable deposit – but make sure to bring a lock along! See

Still hungry for more? Read on below for descriptions of some of the Bookfair highlights, but be sure to check the full schedule on the web!

*** The Radical Film Fest ***

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 (thats less than 50 cents per film)! See the full schedule and list of films on the Film Fest website:

Dont miss our evening feature presentation:

6PM: Chris Markers 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 answer questions

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

The 2007 Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair