Category Archives: Internationalist Books



Come celebrate Internationalist Books and Community Center!

Gather with friends and new acquaintances for a full dinner provided by FED UP Free Kitchen plus some yummy oven creation provided by local Bread and Butter Bakery.

Appreciate our ongoing projects like supporting Durham Prison Books and providing space for Trans Gender Discussion and the NC Harm Reduction Coalition which hosted a night of putting together 900 Naloxone kits.

Check out our new regular events like Urban Capture the Flag, Zine-Making, Open Mic Night, as well as a variety of movie series.

Envision new undertakings with us, like the network of shared needs and skills just in the works.

Vote on this year’s Board of Directors.

And celebrate the Internationalist’s nearly 35 years of radical community!

Open House & Party Saturday, September 26


Internationalist Books & Community Center is holding an Anniversary
Open House on Saturday, September 26th, to celebrate the store’s one year anniversary in its new location at 101 Lloyd St. Carrboro, after 33 years in neighboring Chapel Hill. The open house will feature live music, food, drinks, games, activities, and more, followed by a dance party.

“We’re excited to host this event, to thank Carrboro for welcoming us this past year. We’ve had a great time getting to know our new neighbors and establish ourselves in the community, and want to end our first year in town with a bang,” says James Wilson, and Internationalist volunteer and board member helping to organize the event.

Internationalist Books, affectionately known as “I-Books” by its members, all-volunteer
collective, and supporters, has served Carrboro/Chapel Hill, the Triangle, and beyond since 1981.

Providing radical and alternative literature, a space for meetings, book groups, movie
screenings, and other events, Internationalist has been a vital element of our community.

Anti-Patriarchy Reading & Discussion Group

Adding to our array of regular events and meetings, a new reading and discussion group begins this April at Internationalist Books.

On 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 8:00pm, the Anti-Patriarchy Reading Group and Anarchist Salon will meet to discuss different texts.

April’s reading is Quiet Rumors. Come by the shop or check out the calendar and Facebook for updates on future selections and meetings.


Queernival is coming on March 28th!

Support our collective members and friends of Internationalist who are part of this year’s awesome event!


Queernival is a Southern Celebration of Youth Liberation! On March 28, youth of all ages, adult allies and organizations will come together to one space to celebrate, educate, organize, throw pies, and get our dance on! Join us for:

Youth Drag Performances
Open Mic
Youth Musicians and Teen Bands
Booths by local Gay-Straight Alliances and Multicultural Clubs
Delicious Local Food
Queer Carnival Games
Intergenerational Queer Family Lovespace!!

Saturday, March 28th

12:00 – 5:00

304 E. Trinity Ave., Durham NC


The 2015 Bob Sheldon Award – Committing to Continuing Engagement in the Black Lives Matter movements

Bob Sheldon founded Internationalist Books & Community Center in 1981 and ran the shop until his death in 1991. On the anniversary of his death, and throughout our work together, we hold dear Bob’s memory and legacy. We award the Bob Sheldon Award each year to celebrate collective resistance and groups or individuals whose work nurtures our communities and our commitments to justice and a better world.

Each year when we give the Bob Sheldon Award, we consider nominations from the community and look at what struggles and projects have been important in our region in the past year. This year as our collective discussed this decision, we knew what struggle we wanted to support and amplify.

Nationally, internationally, and here at home, this past year has been heartbreaking and blacklivesmatterinspiring as people have risen up in many ways to grieve and rage against the continued assault on black lives by policing and state violence. The Black Lives Matter movement, and all the connected struggles and resistance, are for us the obvious choice to honor and lift up through the Bob Sheldon award this year. We agreed as a collective that rather than choose any particular organizations at the exclusion of others, we would rather use this moment to reaffirm our collective’s commitment to engaging in this struggle from our many personal positions and our organization’s commitment to support and solidarity with resistance and formal and informal organizing across our region fighting white supremacist state violence, policing and prisons.

Since Internationalist’s founding, the space we maintain has been one meant to facilitate access to education and literature about political struggle and action, and to provide a home for encounter and relationship building between people committed to working together for a better world. This is the work generations of our collective have dedicated themselves to, and this mission is part of the powerful legacy of Bob Sheldon. In this spirit, we would like to use the 2015 Bob Sheldon Award as an invitation to our friends, neighbors and wider communities to have our space be a resource in continuing conversations, organizing and affinity-building around the many vitally important issues at the center of local engagement with Black Lives Matter.