The Edinburgh Radical Book Fair 2023 is THIS WEEK! Four days of panels, workshops and performances begin on Thursday evening, 9thNovember and we can’t wait to welcome you all to the Roxy Assembly and to our livestreams from wherever you may be.
The Radical Book Fair, however, isn’t only about the stage – let’s not forget the tables and tables of radical books, to expand minds, give comfort, empower for change and forge connections. At any point during the fair, you’re welcome to pop in for a browse and the opportunity to pick up something unexpected (and dare we mention one or two radical gifts for the holiday season).
As a warm-up for the fair, and rooted in this year’s theme of Revolutionary Feeling, we asked some of this year’s speakers to mention one of the books that informed how they view the personal/political.
No one chose the same book, but Angela Davis and Naomi Klein are mentioned twice (which we’re utterly ok with). Here are their choices! (those without a link are currently not available in the UK)
Alice Cappelle – Backlash by Susan Faludi
Arianne Shahvisi – Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis
Catherine Joy White – In Search of Our Mother's Gardens by Alice Walker
Fiona Robertson – The Combahee River Collective Statement
Gina Gwenffrewi – The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein and Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher
Hannah Silva - Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
Hil Aked – The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Jenni Keasden - Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Jessica Gaitan Johannesson – The Breaks by Julietta Singh
JJ Fakada - Feminism Interrupted by Lola Olufemi
Kirsty Logan - GenderQueer: Voices From Beyond the Sexual Binary, edited by Riki Wilchins
Lakshmi Ajay - Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Leah Hazard - Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
Matt Colquhoun - Beginning to See the Light: Sex, Hope, and Rock'n'Roll by Ellen Willis
Micha Frazer-Carroll - Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Davis
Nadia Karim - Derek Jarman's Garden by Derek Jarman
Nick Dearden - No Logo by Naomi Klein
Phil Crockett Thomas - Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Phil Wrigglesworth - Merz To Emigre and Beyond by Steven Heller
Robert Chapman - Psychopolitics by Peter Sedgwick
Sian Norris - Caliban and the Witchby Silvia Federici
Sophie Chauhan – Nomenclature by Dionne Brand
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan – The Quran
Terry Macalister – Beloved by Toni Morrison
Yasmin El-Rifae – The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The full Radical Book Fair programme is HERE!