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To Our Community: Accountability and Marquis Bey (updated 2020-11-02)

Posted on July 27th, 2020 in Uncategorized

To Our Community,  We are writing in response to social media messages we’ve received regarding Marquis Bey, the author of our just-released book Anarcho-Blackness. Someone on Twitter and Instagram has called him out as an abuser, and others have asked us to comment on the accusation. We had previously heard an allegation about abusive behavior […]

Review of Hegemony How-To by Gabriel Kuhn

Posted on June 5th, 2017 in Reviews of AK Books, Uncategorized

Gabriel Kuhn wrote a very thoughtful review of Jonathan Smucker’s Hegemony How-To. “Smucker opens his book with a reference to his friend Carmen Trotta who once asked him: ‘Do you ever think we came to the game too late?’ In Smucker’s words, Trotta meant to raise the question of whether ‘we had literally been born […]

Sound Teachers: Reprinting Errico Malatesta

Posted on December 7th, 2016 in AK Authors!, AK News, Uncategorized

“Today more than ever anarchists, the romantics forever being vilified by every brand of realist, need to stake their proud claim to political far-sightedness and the cultural dignity of their tradition and to turn them into weapons, instead of tossing them overboard as jetsam.” AK Press has just released the first of ten volumes (Volume […]

“Here in Kronstadt has been laid the first stone of the third revolution.”

Posted on March 7th, 2016 in Uncategorized

“Here in Kronstadt has been laid the first stone of the third revolution, striking the last fetters from the laboring masses and opening a broad new road for socialist creativity.” On this day in 1921, the Bolshevik government launched its attack to suppress the uprising in Kronstadt. Soldiers, sailors, and workers had come together in […]

“Anarchist History: Confessions of an Awkward Pupil,” by Barry Pateman

Posted on October 28th, 2015 in Uncategorized

There’s a new issue of the Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library out, number 84 to be exact. It’s not available online yet, but they’ve kindly given up permission to reprint Barry Pateman’s lead-off article, a great series of ruminations on the practice of researching and writing anarchist history. When you are done, you should check out […]

Important and Unpleasant News From AK Press

Posted on September 25th, 2015 in Uncategorized

About six months ago, we started hearing some disturbing rumors that one of our authors, Michael Schmidt, was an undercover fascist. Soon after, another one of our authors, Alexander Reid Ross, provided us with actual evidence. We helped him investigate further for several weeks and then put him in touch with another writer. Over the […]

Storm in My Heart: Memories from the Widow of Johann Most (excerpt)

Posted on January 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized

  Helene Minkin’s memoir, translated by Alisa Braun and edited/introduced by Tom Goyens, is at the printer. We’re excited about this one. This is the first time Minkin’s words, which provide a unique perspective on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century anarchism in the US, have been available in English. She forces us to reassess many […]

The Lyon Anarchist Trial of 1883

Posted on January 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized

On this day in 1883, the trial of over sixty anarchists began in Lyon, France. The state rounded them up and charged them with reconstructing the French branch of the International Working Men’s Association, which had been outlawed the year before (in the aftermath of the Paris Commune). For their part, the accused used the […]

Review of Ready for Revolution, by Jorge Valadas.

Posted on December 1st, 2014 in Uncategorized

A really sharp review of Agustin Guillamon’s Ready for Revolution: The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933-1938 was just published on H-net. Links to the original below. Agustin Guillamon. Ready for Revolution: The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933-1938. Translated by Paul Sharkey. Oakland: AK Press, 2014. 260 pp. $14.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-84935-142-3. Reviewed by Jorge Valadas Published […]

James Tracy / Dispatches Against Displacement @ La Casa, Washington, DC (Nov 17)

Posted on November 6th, 2014 in Events, Uncategorized

Reading, and discussion of James Tracy’s Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco’s Housing Wars. A housing activist in the Bay Area since before Google existed, Tracy excavates that history, exploring the battle for urban space—public housing residents fighting austerity, militant housing takeovers, the vagaries of federal and state housing policy, as well as showdowns […]