Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair 2013: March 16-17

Posted Monday November 5th 2012 by Jen Angel

When I lived in Ohio, every couple of years I would travel to San Francisco to go to the Anarchist Book Fair. Coming from a region where there weren't very many political bookstores or spaces, it was awesome to be able to see all the people and books and things that I could only look at over the Internet, all in one place. These kind of large convergences (as well as past conferences like Active Resistance and the National Conference on Organized Resistance) and the opportunity to meet an interact with new people have been so essential to my development.

I've lived in California since 2006, but it's only in the last year that I've been able to paricipate in organizing the fair. Last year I helped with the Cafe - an annual fundraiser held the night before the book fair, which also provides a social space for all of the out of town visitors to interact. This year I'm working on the book fair organizing committee, which mainly means dealing with a lot of logistics of where and how the book fair will happen! This year this is a venue change, which I am hoping will make it easier and more accessible than previous years, and it is also allowing us to lower vendor fees. When does that ever happen?

More info is below, and I hope to see you in SF in March 2013!


The 18th annual San Francisco Anarchist Book Fair will be March 16 and 17, 2013.

For the first time, the book fair will be held at The Armory Community Center, located in San Francisco’s Mission District at the corner of 14th Street and Mission.

The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is a free two-day event presented by Bound Together Bookstore.

Each year, the book fair brings together over 75 radical booksellers, distributors, independent presses, and political groups from around the world, and features books, pamphlets, zines, art, crafts, and information. The two-day fair includes dozens of speakers, panels, and workshops as well as an art show. Previous vendors and speakers are listed on the website.

Vendor applications and pricing for tables are now available.  This year, for the first time, we will be featuring a craft area for handmade and non-book items.  To receive a table application, please email, or check the news page.

Authors and activists interested in speaking at the book fair should email

The Facebook event page is here.