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Open letter to Simon & Schuster

Britain’s radical booksellers have been discussing Simon & Schuster publishing the work of Milo Yiannopoulos in the USA and the worldwide impact of the firm publishing someone known for views that have led 160 children’s writers in the USA, many published by the same firm, to say that his is “a voice of hate that stirs its followers to emotional, verbal and physical violence directed at anyone who disagrees or speaks to the contrary.” We are pleased that Simon & Schuster UK is not publishing the book.

We value Simon & Schuster’s publishing writers whose work has argued for a less violent society, in particular those children’s books which help their readers understand the situation of, for example, LGBT teenagers. Indeed, looking through our collective shelves, we find books in Simon & Schuster’s past and future programme taking a positive attitude towards women and towards minority groups, in this country and in the USA. Publishing Yiannopoulos risks damaging this work, tarnishes their reputation and raises the possibility of existing and future authors seeking alternative publishers.

Simon & Schuster is the publisher of the New York Times bestseller, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint. We fear that the views of Yiannopoulos will lead to more such casualties.

Ross Bradshaw
On behalf of the ARB

Radical Bookfairs in 2016

Radical Bookfairs in 2016

Cardiff Anarchist Bookfair – 20th February 2016 – www.southwalesanarchists.wordpress.com
Dublin Anarchist Bookfair – 16th April 2016 – www.wsm.ie/bookfair
Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair – 23rd April 2016 – www.sheffieldbookfair.org.uk
Bristol Anarchist Bookfair – 30th April 2016 – www.bristolanarchistbookfair.org
London Radical Bookfair – 7th May – www.londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com
Liverpool Writing on the Wall – Throughout May – www.writingonthewall.org.uk
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival – Sunday 17th July 2016 – www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk
Swindon Anarchsit Bookfair – 2016 dates tba, but in September in 2015
Belfast Anarchist Bookfair – 2016 dates tba, but was in October in 2015 www.facebook.com/belfastanarchistbookfair
Sunderland Working Class Bookfair – 2016 dates tba, but was in October in 2015
London Anarchist Bookfair – Late October – www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk
Nottingham – Bread & Roses – 2016 dates tba, but was in late October in 2015 – www.fiveleavesbookshop.co.uk/breadandroses
Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair – 2016 dates tba, but in November in 2015
Manchester and Salford (sadly didn’t happen in 2015 due to venue problems, but they’re trying for 2016)

Do let us know if there is anything missing from the list.

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The 2015 London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 24th October from 10am to 7pm
at a new venue:
Central Saint Martin’s, Kings Cross, N1
All the details here: http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk

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Veggies joins the ARB

We’re very happy to welcome Veggies to the ARB family.


Veggies Catering Campaign provides food at almost any event
– from campaign rallies to community festivals, from family celebrations to green gatherings, offering tasty, wholesome snacks, as well as information exploring the links between diet, animal suffering and the environment.

Amongst their many catering gigs, they help feed hungry bookreaders at many a radical bookfair up and down the country.

Many consider Veggies to be one of the most ethical caterers on the circuit, with policies developed from 30 years experience in pure vegetarian catering. They are 3-times winners of the ‘Best Vegan Caterer’ Awards.

But as well as spreading the values of ethical eating, they also sell books wherever they are pitched up, as well as from their base at the Sumac Centre in Nottingham.

For more info please visit: http://www.veggies.org.uk

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The London Radical Bookfair 2015 is on! After taking over Bishopsgate Institute last year the LRB, along with our partners at Alternative Press, are taking over 3 floors of a beautifully renovated Victorian warehouse at 47/49 Tanner Street near Tower Bridge.

For full details please check the website: https://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com.
Speaking at the Takeover will be shortlisted authors from the ARB’s book prizes, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

Black & Red Friday

In recent years some of the larger corporate UK businesses have started to emulate the US spending-spree that is Black Friday. Taking place on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), the date marks the beginning of the commercialised Christmas shopping season, and has even on occasion lead to violence as shoppers fight over discounted goods.

Amazon has made particularly good mileage out of Black Friday, and the media are more than happy to give Amazon free publicity each year, running articles about Black Friday and Amazon’s role within it.

But the public is waking up to the bad business practices of Amazon, and a new boycott Amazon campaign this year has been gaining real momentum. UK campaigns to boycott Amazon are not new though – Ethical Consumer officially called for a boycott last year, and ARB member bookshop Housmans has been calling for a boycott and documenting the reasons not shop with them for several years: check out the reasons not shop with them by clicking here: housmans.com/boycottamazon.php

This year the Alliance of Radical Booksellers is asking you to help spread the world about the alternatives to Amazon and support the alternative by way of your local radical bookshops. Please help by:

  • Sharing the Black & Red Friday Image
  • Sharing this post
  • Subvert the #BlackFriday hashtag with anti-Amazon and pro-ARB messages
  • Show support by using the #BlackAndRedFriday hashtag
  • Please buy your books from your local ARB bookshop

Let’s put the red into Black Friday!

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New member: Dreadnought Books of Bristol

The ARB is delighted to welcome into the family Dreadnought Books, an independent second-hand bookshop based in Bristol. Specialising in history, with a particular focus on radical, social and labour history and also carrying a broad general stock catering to most interests.For more info please visit: http://dreadnoughtbooks.co.uk, and blogging here http://dreadnoughtbooks.blogspot.co.uk

DREADNOUGHT BOOKS
125 St. George’s Road
Hotwells
Bristol
BS1 5UW

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New ARB member: Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC)

The ARB is delighted to welcome Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) to the alliance.

RISC is a Development Education Centre based in Reading and the aim of the bookshop is to support and promote the key principles of global citizenship, including social justice and human rights.

The book shop contains a unique collection of over 6,500 titles, all with a global focus. From politics around the world, to human rights, sustainability, and development issues covering a wide range of issues from many countries across the world.

We also stock contemporary and classic fiction from the Majority World’s best authors and a great range of children’s books,  exploring race, gender, human rights, from countries around the  world, written by authors from Africa, Asia,  South and Central America and the Caribbean.

For more information please visit the website here: http://www.risc.org.uk

and for the bookshop element here:   http://www.risc.org.uk/worldshop/books

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London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover 2014

The highlight of the ARB calender is coming around again!  This year we are joining forces with the Alternative Press Fair and taking over all 3 floors of the Bishopsgate Institute (opposite Liverpool Street station) to bring you something like 130 exhibitors, 20 guest speakers, workshops, art exhibitions and also the award ceremonies for the two ARB bookprizes, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Little Rebels Childrens Book Award. And as if that wasn’t enough Bishopsgate Institute are also hosting a series of political talks in the run up to the bookfair. Saturday May 1oth is the all important date. Please visit it the London Radical Bookfair website for all the necessary details: http://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/

New ARB member: Peterloo Bookshop

We’re very happy to announce a new ARB member, the Peterloo Bookshop based in Sheffield, but trading primarily online. Peterloo Bookshop is a not-for-profit project set up by Chris Connolly to make important second-hand political books available as cheaply as possible.

Not only are the books cheap but Peterloo offer a 50% rebate to anyone who sends the book back after reading it so it can be sold again. If you are in Sheffield and can collect the book rather than have it sent the prices are half price.

A complete list of books and prices is available on www.peterloo.net.  Do also get in touch with them if you have any books you would like to donate.

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