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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!

Busking for the Bookstore Street Fair Fundraiser July 25th











Come to Internationalist Books & Community Center for a fun-filled evening of games, performances, art, great food, and more! By donation. All proceeds go to supporting Internationalist Books & Community Center.
To be followed by a dance party starting at 9pm.

Dixie Be Damned: New book by local authors, event June 8

In stock now!


Come get your copy of this amazing book, just released on AK Press.

Join us on Monday, June 8th at 7:00 pm to hear local authors Saralee Stafford & Neal Shirley give a reading from their new book, Dixie be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South.

About The Book

In 1891, when coal companies in eastern Tennessee brought in cheap convict labor to take over their jobs, workers responded by storming the stockades, freeing the prisoners, and loading them onto freight trains. Over the next year, tactics escalated to include burning company property and looting company stores. This was one of the largest insurrections in US working-class history. It happened at the same time as the widely publicized northern labor war in Homestead, Pennsylvania. And it was largely ignored, then and now.

Dixie Be Damned engages seven similarly “hidden” insurrectionary episodes in Southern history to demonstrate the region’s long arc of revolt. Countering images of the South as pacified and conservative, this adventurous retelling presents history in the rough. Not the image of the South many expect, this is the South of maroon rebellion, wildcat strikes, and Robert F. Williams’s book Negroes with Guns, a South where the dispossessed refuse to quietly suffer their fate. This is people’s history at its best: slave revolts, multiracial banditry, labor battles, prison uprisings, urban riots, and more.

About The Authors

Neal Shirley grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and now lives in Durham, NC, where he is involved in several anti-prison initiatives and runs a small publishing project called the North Carolina Piece Corps.

Saralee Stafford was born in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Her recent political work has focused on connecting the struggles of street organizations with those of anarchists in the area. She teaches gender-related health in Durham, North Carolina.

2015 Trans Month of Awareness Events Across the Triangle

Internationalist Books is proud to host a few of the events in April put together by an awesome coalition of folks in the Triangle.

Learn more here:


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.