Subject: Radical Bookselling History Newsletter 6

Radical Bookselling History Newsletter6 is now out – a bumper edition. You can download it from here, or by clicking the image above. (Note – we expect the Newsletter to be uploaded later today so if you get an error message please try again later.)

In this issue:

  • Reports and images from last November’s Quiet Revolutions conference and book fair, at which many of you signed up for the Newsletter, along with a reprint of Ken Worpole’s New Statesman article prompted by the event.
  • A long article about Anarchist Papers, Publishing and Bookshops, by Dave Cope, starting from two books: Rob Ray’s A Beautiful Idea: History of the Freedom Press Anarchists and Albert Meltzer’s autobiography I Couldn’t Paint Golden Angels, representing two different trends of anarchism.
  • Articles on Grass Roots Books, the researching and writing of that article and the creation of a Wikipedia entry for Publications Distribution Co-operative.
  • Lucy Brownson telling the story of Sheffield’s radical bookshops.
  • A review by Ross Bradshaw of Queer Print in Europe.
  • Our regular features of short announcements – including several links to online bookshop histories – and, inevitably, more obituaries.
  • An announcment of Ross Bradshaw’s talk ‘Changing the World One Book at a Time: a short history of radical bookselling’, which he’s giving on Thursday May 18th, 7pm at Nottingham Trent University. The talk is part of the Periodicals and Print Culture Research Group’s Radical Print Summer School: we hope to bring you a report in our next issue. More information about the Summer School here and tickets for Ross’s talk here. We apologise (especially to Ross) for the late notice about this event, caused by a delay in producing the Newsletter.

As always, we welcome any comments on this Newsletter, or previous issues, and suggestions for future articles or features.

Best wishes

Dave, John, Maggie, Rick


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