Quick. Name a local independent literary source besides Changing Hands that's been in the book biz for more than a decade?
Were you going to say the Anarchist Library?
Well, it's true. The Joey G. run spot has been at it for eleven years and running. This weekend, they're throwing a bash to celebrate.
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If you're wondering where it's been all of these years, the answer is all over the place because the stacks have been a transitory bunch. They've lived in now defunct spaces such as Thought Crime on Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street as well as Counter Culture Café at 24th Street and Thomas Road.
For the past two years, a haphazard array of titles - arranged in categories like "conspiracies" and "history" - have been contained in the back room of Conspire, 901 North 5th Street, which is also the spot for the birthday bash that commences at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8.
The par-tay will showcase workshops, mix tape exchanges, poetry readings, and a "crazy free market," according to Robyn Kingsley, who slings coffee at Conspire and runs the Free Blanket Phoenix program. "It'll be the biggest one we've had for some time. Grace Daniels has put on a monthly really really free market since maybe February or March. We're combining energies for this one because it's the library's eleventh birthday," says Kingsley.
Admission is free. For more info, check out this Facebook event page.