Monthly Archives: October 2014

Resisting Federal Surveillance & State Repression: Presentation by Leslie James Pickering November 6th

Resisting Federal Surveillance & State Repression: The Case of Leslie James Pickering, the Earth Liberation Front Press Office & Burning Books

Join us at 7pm on Thursday, November 6th as Internationalist Books hosts Leslie James Pickering for a presentation on his activism and surveillance and repression.

wirA decade after being under heavy federal surveillance for exercising free speech in support of the underground Earth Liberation Front, Leslie James Pickering discovered that his associates are being questioned by the FBI, the US Post Office is copying his incoming mail, he was put on a secret list for maximum security screening at airports and a federal grand jury subpoena was issued for records on him, his family and his bookstore, Burning Books. Leslie has launched an extensive legal and public campaign to resist this surveillance, which he believes is aimed to repress Burning Books and the surge of activism and awareness that the bookstore generates. This multimedia presentation will open eyes to methods used by the federal government to repress activists and freedom struggles, and how they can be resisted.


Endnotes Reading Group Oct. 30th

Join us for the first reading group on selections from Endnotes on Thursday, October 30th at 7:00pm.

endnotes_3-01“Endnotes is primarily oriented towards conceptualising the conditions of possibility of a communist overcoming of the capitalist mode of production—and of the multiple structures of domination which pattern societies characterised by that mode of production—starting from present conditions. As such it has been concerned with debates in “communist theory”, and particularly the problematic of “communisation” which emerged from the post-68 French ultra-left; the question of gender and its abolition; the analysis of contemporary struggles, movements and political economy; the dynamics of surplus population and its effects on capital and class; capitalist formations of “race”; value-form theory and sytematic dialectics; the revolutionary failures and impasses of the 20th Century.” —excerpt from the ‘about’ section

For the first reading group, we will be discussing the essays Spontaneity, Mediation, Rupture (issue #3), and Misery and Debt (issue #2).


“For Love and Liberty” Letter Writing Night to Support Tom Manning Oct. 23rd



We’ve just received a special order of Tom Manning’s book of paintings and essays, For Love and Liberty. We’re thrilled to carry this book in the store, and to support Tom and the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

Join us for a special letter writing night on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm to check out the new book, learn more about Tom Manning, and to write him letters of support and letters to the US Parole Board, who he will appear before in November.

If you can’t make it, see below for information about how to write to the parole board to support Tom.

Learn more about the book at:

Political Prisoner Tom Manning is scheduled to see the US Parole Board in November. In a recent letter he asks that people write letters supporting his release on parole. He writes “so if folks can just write their own letters expressing each ones ideas rather than all of them sounding like they read a form letter – so that they put their own voice down on paper.”

Please write a letter to support Tom!

Your letter should reference:
Thomas Manning #10373-016

and be sent to:

U.S. Parole Commission
90 K Street, NE, Third Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530

Please make a copy and send it to:
Tom Manning 10373-016
FMC Butner
PO Box 1600
Butner, NC 27509


Fifth Annual Carrboro Anarchist Bookfair Nov. 22nd

Coming in November…

Deadline for reserving tables and proposals for workshops is November 1st.

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“Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads” Book Tour October 10th

Topside Press Author Tour with Sybil Lamb and Casey Plett

7:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 10th
Sybil Lamb is a painter, novelist, zinester, website designer, comic-book artist and general five-in-one folding travel-format genius. Her new novel, I’ve Got A Time Bomb, follows Sybil’s eponymous heroine, Sybil, on a picaresque odyssey through the degenerate substructure of Amerika and Canadia, from the utter destruction of post-hurricane Morteville (New Orleans) to the glittering towers and underground nightclubs of Great Metropolitopolis. As she deals with the brain damage given her by a savage trans-bashing in a train yard, Sybil is also in search of ice cream, a real bed to sleep in and, most of all, love. By turns wildly funny, utterly terrifying and so sad that tears just seem inadequate, IGTB is unlike any book by anyone, ever. Sybil’s readings from it are also unlike any readings ever by anyone. They have to be seen to be believed.

Casey Plett has an MFA from Columbia, used to write a column for McSweeney’s, and works out of the tradition of subtle, meticulously-observed stories established by writers like Lorrie Moore and Alice Munro. What she does with that tradition is another question. Witty, unflinching and passionate, the assiduously-crafted depictions of the lives of young trans women and their communities in her new book, A Safe Girl To Love will not only break your heart, they will also cause you to question all your assumptions about what, exactly, “normal” means these days. Casey’s readings are riveting, emotionally intense experiences but they also contain a surprising number of very funny jokes.