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The 13th New York City Anarchist Book Fair will take place on September 7th 2019 at the Judson Memorial. Publishers, workshops, art and film festival participants will announced in early August. 

NEW YORK—The NYC Anarchist Book Fair is a premier event for anarchists from across North America and around the world. It’s a gathering place for the anarchist community; a forum for activists, scholars and creative artists; and an opportunity for the curious to learn about an anti-state, anti-capitalist political tradition that’s still alive, thriving and challenging the established order.

Each year, the NYC Anarchist Book Fair hosts over 60 exhibitors including publishers, writers, designers, artists, musicians and other activists. Past line-ups of panels, workshops and other presentations have included such figures as journalist Chris Hedges; cartoonists Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, and Fly; photographer and Native American activist Lenny Foster; scholar/activists David Graeber, Silvia Federici, and Martha Ackelsberg; civil rights lawyer and radio host Heidi Boghosian; and former Black Panther and anarchist Ashanti Alston.

Judson Memorial Church, at the south end of Washington Square Park — the neighborhood that is one of the birthplaces of the anarchist movement in the US — has hosted the NYC Anarchist Book Fair nearly every year and will do so again in 2019.

Once again, the NYC Anarchist Art Festival and the NYC Anarchist Emma Goldman Film Festival will be held in conjunction with the Book Fair:

NYC Anarchist Art Festival
September 6th, 7 p.m.

NYC Anarchist Emma Goldman Film Festival
September 7th, 7 p.m.

For more information about the 2019 NYC Anarchist Book Fair, please email nycabf [at]

NYC Anarchist Book Fair

We are a group of anarchists spanning a broad anarchic spectrum. Our anarchy — the work we do, the organizations we participate in — is as varied as New York City itself. In the fall of 2006, a New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists (NYMAA) working group was established to discuss planning an anarchist Book Fair in New York City. Years of successful Book Fairs in San Francisco, Montreal, Baltimore and Toronto (to name just a few) made planning a Book Fair in New York City, with its large thriving anarchist community, a logical step. The first NYC Anarchist Book Fair was held in 2007 and we have been growing ever since. Inspired by the week-long Anarchy Celebration in the San Francisco Bay Area, we organize and help promote events around the Book Fair that include performance, music, film, readings and a wide range of workshops and panels.

We are always looking for more people to participate in the planning of the next Book Fair. The small number of people who participate in the day-to-day preparations of this event would shock and amaze you. The success of large-scale annual events depends heavily on a continual influx of new people, voices and ideas. It isn’t too late! We still need people to help make this year great! If you would like to help out with this year’s Book Fair or are interested in the planning of next year’s Book Fair, please contact the collective at

NYC Anarchist Art Festival

Hosted by AnarkoArtLab, the Art Festival gathers visual artists, performers, musicians, dancers and genre benders for a night of experimentation and collective creation.

For more information about the Art Festival:

NYC Anarchist Emma Goldman Film Festival

The Emma Goldman Anarchist Film Festival proudly presents an array of timely documentaries, lyrical montage and longer-form examinations of hope, struggle, autonomy, among other issues.

For more information about the Film Festival:

Judson Memorial Church

After the Second World War, ministers Robert Spike (1949-55) and Dean R. Wright, the Baptist minister to students at NYU (1948-52), started to rethink and redefine what a church could and should be. They were followed by Howard Moody (1956-92) who developed the vision further to its present understanding – basically that the role of the church, applied to the Judson Memorial Church, is to be a faith-based institution that responds to the societal issues of its time and place by working and advocating for progressive change – with special attention focused on the needs of people that many mainstream churches tend to overlook or find “undeserving”. This approach led the church in the 1940s-1960s to sponsor an interracial, international residence for students (1949-68) and to open the first drug-treatment clinic in Greenwich Village (1960-62). In the 1960s-1970s, Howard Moody and Judson’s program associate Arlene Carmen operated an abortion counseling and referral service before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal and the church pioneered a low-cost abortion clinic afterward. In the 1970s-80s, Moody and Carmen created a “ministry of presence” with street prostitutes. Also during the 1960s-1980s, Judson participated actively in the local and national movements for civil rights, peace, women’s rights and gay rights. During the 1980s, when Lee Hancock was associate minister (1980-85), Judson ran several health-care-related programs and more notably, was one of the few churches to acknowledge the AIDS crisis, operating a support group for those with HIV-AIDS and their caregivers and providing funerals for those who died of AIDS when other churches were turning them away. Judson has become known as a home for innovative, often avant-garde, artists in many genres – dance, painting, theater, etc. In the 1950s-1960s, it ran an Art Gallery at which several now-famous artists (Claes Oldenburg, Allan Kaprow, Yoko Ono and many others) found a place that would show their unconventional works. But in the mid-1960s, with the ferment of the experimental arts all around, Judson relaxed a lot of the formalities while keeping the basic outline on most Sundays. An “agape” service replaced the formal communion on first Sundays with an informal bread and cheese brunch around tables and the ritual of communion using the food and drink already at hand.