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Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 PM:

Dark Deleuze reading by Andrew Culp

Rekindling Deleuze's opposition to what is intolerable about this world

Gilles Deleuze is known as a thinker of joyous affirmation and rhizomatic assemblages. Andrew Culp argues that this once-radical canon of joy has lost its resistance to the present. Culp unearths an underground network of references to conspiracy, cruelty, the terror of the outside, and the shame of being human to rekindle Deleuze's opposition to what is intolerable about this world.

Andrew Culp is a lifelong anarchist who has been involved in radical collectives in Kansas City, California, Ohio, and Washington State. Dark Deleuze is part of his work on revolutionary thought inspired by the recent circuit of struggle that poses no demands, resists labels, and refuses to engage in formal political systems.

Sunday, July 17 at 6:30 PM:

Democracy or Freedom?

In the year of Trump and Clinton, the failings of democracy are stark enough. But is the problem too little democracy, or too much?

From the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to Occupy and Nuit Debout, practically everyone claims to be democratic. In this provocative presentation, we'll discuss what ties all these different understandings of democracy together and what sets anarchism apart.

Read more at crimethinc

Recorded past events:

Author Joshua Clover reading from Riot. Strike. Riot.:The New Era of Uprisings (May 29th, 2016)

Paul Z. Simons presentation at Left Bank Books on the Rojava Revolution (Feb 28th, 2016)

Wednesday June 22nd, at 7:30pm:

Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000 documents the rise and prevalence of repressive policing methods that were developed at the RNC in 2000, and are now used across the U.S., as well as strategies and lessons for radical, innovative, and confrontational forms of legal support.

Over the past fifteen years, people in the United States--and dissidents in particular--have witnessed a steady escalation of the National Security State, including invasive surveillance and infiltration, indiscriminate police violence, and unlawful arrests. These concerted efforts to spy on Americans and undermine meaningful social change are greatly enhanced by the coordination of numerous local, state, and federal agencies often operating at the behest of private corporations. Normally associated with the realities of a post-9/11 world, Crashing the Party shows how these developments were already being set in motion during the Republican National Convention (RNC) protests in 2000. It also documents how, in response, dissidents confronted new forms of political repression by pushing legal boundaries and establishing new models of collective resistance.

Crashing the Party explains how the events of 2000 acted as a testing ground in which Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney was able to develop repressive methods of policing that have been used extensively across the U.S. ever since. At the same time, these events also provided a laboratory for the radical, innovative, and confrontational forms of legal support carried out by R2K Legal, a defendant-led collective that raised unprecedented amounts of money for legal defense, used a unique form of court solidarity to overcome hundreds of serious charges, and implemented a PR campaign that turned the tide of public opinion in favor of dissidents. While much has been written about the global-justice era of struggle, little attention has been paid to the legal struggles of the period or the renewed use of solidarity tactics in jail and the courtroom that made them possible. By analyzing the successes and failures of these tactics, Crashing the Party offers rare insight into the mechanics and concrete effects of such resistance. In this way, it is an invaluable resource for those seeking to confront today's renewed counterintelligence tactics.

With increased public discussion of mass incarceration, politicians on both sides are beginning to speak of prison reform. Caught within the logic of state power, however, these reforms take the form of new, diffuse forms of imprisonment and policing.

Against both mass incarceration and reform, we will discuss struggle against prison. Taking inspiration from struggles both international and domestic, we will discuss what a practice of prisoner solidarity looks like, how it differs from both prison reform and abolition, and what possibilities lie ahead for anti-prison struggle in the United States. We will draw from our work with autonomous projects of prisoner solidarity, presenting an analysis of solidarity efforts with specific prisoners and wider prison struggle.

FUGITIVE SPOT (seattle punk)
SUBSUMER(weirdo pnw hardcore, first show!)

A Beneift Show for Food Not Bombs
$5-10 suggested donation
No one turned away for lack of funds

The show will be held in the front room of the store which is wheelchair accessible.

Listen to a recording of Paul Z. Simons presentation at Left Bank Books on the Rojava Revolution

Paul Z. Simons will speak on his series of recent dispatches from the liberated territories of Kurdistan in Northern Syria, a region besieged by war yet is also in the midst of one of the most far reaching social experiments of the 21st Century: the 'Rojava Revolution.' The liberated territories of Rojava are a thriving example of stateless democracy and of a people who are overturning traditional institutions such as patriarchy and social hierarchies.

Simons talks about his experiences including crossing international boundaries under false pretenses, attending commune meetings in Kobane, high-velocity detours around ISIS sympathetic villages, and the camaraderie of the YPG militias. Simons had full access to the various revolutionary organizations and militias and will discuss their mandates and implementation issues associated with realizing a stateless society. Weaving together ideas of anti-authoritarianism, feminism, ecology, and a rejection of the state.

John Zerzan is the author of numerous books, including Elements of Refusal, Running on Emptiness, Future Primitive Revisited, and the newly released Why Hope?: The Stand Against Civilization

Baltimore & San Francisco based author, journalist, model, musician, radio personality and feminist and civil rights commentator, Jordannah Elizabeth will be reading from her first book, "Don't Lose Track Vol. 1", published by Zero Books. This is a collection of essays, music reviews, and interviews featuring artists such as: Saul Williams, Alice Coltrane, Talib Kweli, Shabazz Palaces, J. Mascis, Spiritualized, and many more.

Danbert Nobacon (author of "3 Dead Princes" and founding member of Chumbawamba) will be joining us all day on Saturday November 30th, the 14th anniversary of the WTO protests in Seattle, for Small Business Saturday. Come say hi!

Left Bank is turning 40!!!  Please join us for our anniversary party Saturday, July 27th at Black Coffee Co-op to celebrate! Open to the public. We'll be tabling with some of our new LBB Publishing titles, have live entertainment & dancing, snacks, and a silent auction fundraiser.


Ellen Forney!
We are pleased to announce that graphic illustrator Ellen Forney will be at Left Bank for a salon-style evening on Friday, February 22nd, starting at 7 PM. There will be wine and entertainment, and we will have several copies of her newest title, "Marbles," as well as some old favorites

Reading with Gina Siciliano!!
Summertime is an 88 page graphic novel about sex and violence, punk and love, self-destruction and survival, written and illustrated by Gina Siciliano.
snacks and drinks will be provided, discussion will follow reading.
7:15pm Friday Feb. 24th, 2012 at LEFT BANK BOOKS (92 Pike St in Pike Place Market)
Cindy Crabb reads from "DORIS"
Cindy Crabb, of "Doris" fame, will be reading from Doris #29 and the new anthology "The Encyclopedia of Doris."
Also reading will be Neely Bat Chestnut (Mend My Dress), and Peregrine (Entropy).
Come and enjoy a night of readings from per-zines celebrating survival, feminism and anarchism.
7:30pm Monday March 12, 2012 at LEFT BANK BOOKS (92 Pike St in Pike Place Market)
Benefit Concert to support Left Bank Books Collective!
Come out to the Highline (100% vegan bar on Capitol Hill, 210 Broadway Ave East) to enjoy a night of music and support your favorite collectively-run anarchist bookstore! Bands, start time and more info will be posted shortly.....

Author Event!!
Stop Signs: Cars & Capitalism on the Road to Economic,
Social and Ecological Decay.

Wednesday June 22nd, 7:30pm
92 Pike Street, Seattle, WA.

"...an anti-car road-trip story..."

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the
automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them;
communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our
cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the
overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks
filled;songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to
worship them.
In Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to
Economic, Social and Ecological Decay, authors Bianca Mugyenyi and
Yves Engler argue that the automobile's ascendance is inextricably linked to
capitalism and involved corporate malfeasance, political intrigue,
backroom payoffs, media manipulation, racism, academic
corruption,third world coups, secret armies, environmental destruction
and war. An anti-car, road-trip story, Stop Signs is a must-read for
all those who wish to escape the clutches of auto domination.

Benefit show for Left Bank Books!
Sunday, April 3, 2011  7pm-11pm
@ Black Lodge  $7

A night of music to benefit Left Bank Books!
Bloodsweep: Riot Grrl Ain't Dead! (SEA)
At the Mouth of Hell: dystopic hardcore (SEA)
Marrow: Tacoma Hardcore
Bell Witch: members of Samothrace and Sod Hauler
all-ages of course!  see you and your friends there!

Monday, January 17, 2011 � 7:30pm - 10:30pm
@ Left Bank Books

Presentation from a Seattle anarchist recently returned from Athens on the current struggle in Greece, two years after the December insurrection and in the context of social and economic crisis. Topics will include state strategies of repression and resistance to it, the threat of fascism, the role of armed struggle, the significance of space and representation, and more. Discussion will follow.