Anarchist Bookfair

The Anarchist Bookfair is the name of several annual anarchist book fairs.

British Anarchist Bookfair

The British Bookfair started in 1983, and it has become the largest anarchist event in the British calendar,[1] and is a combination of stalls, talks and workshops by anarchist groups and campaigns.

Most British anarchist groups attend such as Freedom Press, Anarchist Federation, Kate Sharpley Library, Class War, Solidarity Federation and the WOMBLES.

The 2005 event ended with riot police[2] while the 2006 event was attended by the Libertarian Alliance group who were thrown out.[1]

The First Alternative Book Fair in Leipzig

The First Alternative Book Fair in Leipzig[3] took place from 11 to 14 March 1990 in Leipzig-Gohlis in the clubhouse "Heinrich Budde" in parallel with the official Book Fair and offered the new East German publishers and German small and independent publishers the opportunity to showcase their work.[4]

Responding to many years of censorship, some Leipzig authors and graphic designers, often limited to publication via samizdat, teamed up and sent invitations to dpa and ADN to an alternative Book Fair; 40 publishers registered to take part.[5] The initiative group included Dieter Kalka, Benjamin Weinkauf,[6] Jayne-Ann Igel, Rosemarie Heinze, Sebastian Kleindienst, Matthias Seydewitz, Hermut Geppert, Peter Hinze and Katharina Luft. They aimed to give newly-established publishers in the GDR and small publishers an opportunity to present,[7] to make offers and to meet each other, publishers and authors. Accordingly, there was a café for meetings, and readings distributed throughout the day.[8] Frau Renker adopted the idea for the Leipzig Book Fair and the concept later became Leipzig liest ("Leipzig Reads"). A continuation of the alternative Book Fair with the support of officials, as proposed by Ms. Renker,[9] was rejected by most publishers and by the initiative group.[10] Special guests included:

  • the Indonesian-German journalist Xing Hu Kuo; he read "A Chinese in Bautzen – 2675 Nights in the stranglehold of the Stasi"
  • Christian W. Staudinger with spontaneous actions and filming of the Book Fair[11][12]


  1. "London's anarchist bookfair: the aftermath",, 24 November 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  2. "Successful Anarchist Bookfair Marred by Police Attack", Indymedia UK, 24 October 2005. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  3. See also the German-language video-documentation of the Book Fair and cuttings of the readings by Christian W. Staudinger on YouTube, retrieved 9 December 2015
  4. Archival
  5. Süddeutsche Zeitung, 16 March 1989: Fun and political ambitions, detailed article by Detlef Grumbach
  6. Website Benjamin Weinkauf
  7. LVZ, 11. März 1990, "Nun aber!", Christel Förster about the "Erste Alternative Buchmesse Leipzig"
  8. "Info at". Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  9. Detailed information: "The first alternative Leipzig Book Fair 1990" on Boheme & Bohememians
  10. Doku der 1.ABM
  11. See the German-language video-documentation of the Book Fair and cuttings of the readings by Christian W. Staudinger on YouTube, retrieved 9 December 2015
  12. See also Leerjahre. Leben und Überleben im DDR-Gulag by Andreas Schmidt
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