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Red Emma's Radical Pavilion brings cutting-edge authors and ideas to the heart of the city.

Radical Bookfair Pavilion

Now in its seventh year, the Radical Bookfair Pavilion, presented by Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse features two tents of speakers and books. The Radical Pavilion brings cutting-edge authors and ideas to the heart of the city.

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Friday, September 26




6:30PM

Youth Poetry Jam with the Baltimore Citywide Youth Poetry Team

Start the Radical Bookfair off right with a special Friday night performance by The Baltimore City Youth Poetry Team, a youth program that engages youth between the ages of 13-21 who live in and around Baltimore City who are passionate about writing, performing and advocating for change in their community.

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Saturday, September 27




12PM

Zine Swap!

Come and trade your self-published zines!

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1PM

Elissa Washuta presents My Body is a Book of Rules

In My Body Is a Book of Rules, Elissa Washuta corrals the synaptic gymnastics of her teeming bipolar brain, interweaving pop culture with neurobiology and memories of sexual trauma to tell the story of her fight to calm her aching mind, confront her crisis of Native American identity, and slip beyond the tormenting cycles of memory.

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2PM

Melissa Gira Grant presents Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work

Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in her experience as an organizer, advocate, and former sex worker, Playing the Whore dismantles pervasive myths about sex work, criticizes both conditions within the sex industry and its criminalization, and argues that separating sex work from the "legitimate" economy only harms those who perform sexual labor.

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3PM

Astra Taylor presents The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

The Internet has been hailed as an unprecedented democratizing force, a place where everyone can be heard and all can participate equally. But how true is this claim? In a seminal dismantling of techno-utopian visions, The People’s Platform argues that for all that we “tweet” and “like” and “share,” the Internet in fact reflects and amplifies real-world inequities at least as much as it ameliorates them.

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4PM

Peniel Joseph presents Stokely: A Life

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for "Black Power" during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night. In Stokely, preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, using his life as a prism through which to view the transformative African American freedom struggles of the twentieth century.

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5PM

Rachelle Lee Smith presents SpeakingOUT: Queer Youth in Focus

Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages fourteen to twenty-four, identifying as queer (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning). With more than sixty-five portraits photographed over a period of ten years, Speaking OUT provides rare insight into the passions, confusions, prejudices, joys, and sorrows felt by queer youth.

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6PM

Ryan Conrad presents Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion

Does gay marriage support the right-wing goal of linking access to basic human rights like health care and economic security to an inherently conservative tradition? Will the ability of queers to fight in wars of imperialism help liberate and empower LGBT people around the world? Does hate-crime legislation affirm and strengthen historically anti-queer institutions like the police and prisons rather than dismantling them? Against Equality asks the hard questions the mainstream movement for LGBT rights would prefer to forget.

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7PM

Kelli Dunham presents Freak of Nurture

In Freak of Nurture, everyone's favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic Kelli Dunham demonstrates that hilarity and chaos reign when you combine what her therapist calls “deep biological optimism” with a hearty midwestern work ethic and determination to make bad ideas a fantastic reality. Whether she is writing about hitch-hiking across Haiti to help out with disaster relief, about getting kicked out of the convent for having “too much self esteem” or living on a houseboat in Philadelphia in the winter, Dunham‘s humorous interpretation of difficult situations is both inspiring and entertaining.

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Sunday, September 28




12PM

Zine Swap!

Come and trade your self-published zines!

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1PM

Bill T. Barry

When more than 100,000 railroad workers carried out the first national strike in the United States, it started in Baltimore at Camden Yards on July 16, 1877. Local labor educator and organizer Bill Barry has collected his extensive research in the definitive account of how the great railroad strike began in Charm City. The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore focuses in detail on the weeks of the strike both in Baltimore, where two other strikes in the city were also in progress and where 10 innocent bystanders were murdered by the Maryland militia near Baltimore City Hall, and on related strikes across the country.

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2PM

Karsonya Wise Whitehead presents Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis

In Notes from a Colored Girl, Loyola University Maryland professor Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Whitehead explores Davis's worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia's free black community in the nineteenth century.

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3PM

Jay Gillen and students from the Baltimore Algebra Project present Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty

Jay Gillen, a Baltimore city public school teacher who has worked with the Baltimore Algebra Project since 1995 to build math literacy among youth of color and youth experiencing poverty in public schools, writes with passion and compassion about the daily lives of poor students trapped in institutions that dismiss and degrade them, offering a poetic manifesto of revolutionary “educational reform” that belongs in the pocket of anyone who currently works in, suffers through, or simply cares about public schooling in this country.

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4PM

D. Watkins presents Too Poor for Pop Culture

D. Watkins' essays for Salon and elsewhere, chronicling the struggles and hustles of Black Baltimore and his own trajectory from street dealer to creative writer, are no doubt the first shots fired by a major literary talent in the making. We're excited to welcome D. to the Radical Bookfair as he presents his first two printed collection of essays—published as Red Emma's zines.

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5PM

Marshall “Eddie” Conway presents Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther

Join us for a very special conclusion to the 2014 Radical Bookfair as we welcome former political prisoner Eddie Conway to our stage for a discussion of the history of black power in Baltimore City and his current work to rebuild devastated communities and develop street-level youth leadership.

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When:

Sept 26-28, 2014
Fri & Sat: Noon - 8pm
Sun: Noon - 6pm

Where:

Baltimore Inner Harbor

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