Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Bookfair Held at The Crucible?

We chose The Crucible because as well as being large enough, close to BART, and in our price range, they are familiar with the Bookfair and excited about our event.  We will also have the ability to provide food and coffee again.

The Crucible opened in 1999 and has been located in West Oakland since 2003. The first floor, including the vendor areas and at least one of the workshop spaces, are fully accessible. One of the workshop spaces is only accessible by a flight of stairs. Here is some information on their youth programing and their programming for school groups.

How is the Bookfair funded?

Bookfair operations are funded primarily by the fees vendors pay for their tables. However, these fees do not fund the entire mission of the Bookfair.

We are committed to making low-cost and free tables available for frontline community groups and projects from Oakland and the Bay Area. Individual contributions are what allows us to prioritize this local community engagement. Please donate what you can so that the Bookfair can make more low-cost and free space available to groups with limited funds. Thank you!



I don’t think The Crucible is a good venue. What can I do?

When we began negotiating with The Crucible as a potential venue, we made our announcement and asked for suggestions from the community before confirming. If you would like to suggest a venue for next year, please review the criteria below and email us.

We looked for a venue that:

  • Has approximately 5,000+ square feet of space for vendors
  • Has one or two rooms or areas for speakers/workshops
  • Won’t object to the political nature of our event (and ideally would support our event)
  • Costs less than $5,000 per day for venue, tables, and security
  • Is within reasonable distance of a BART station
  • Is indoor

What is the Bookfair's stance on Gentrification?

Anarchists and activists need to confront the issue of gentrification head on, and not shy away from it because it is complicated and difficult. Some have characterized it as one of the most urgent AND most immobilizing issues of our community. Our inability, as anarchists, to hold an event such as the Book Fair in an area that is not being gentrified only underscores the importance of creating and supporting proactive approaches to the issue.

As a committee, we have focused on the question: how can our event be a benefit to the neighborhood? We plan on sourcing food and services from local groups, as well as using the book fair to highlight some of the community-led organizing going on in the neighborhood.  We are looking for ways to minimize our impact in the West Oakland Community and welcome any suggestion that will help with that.

How can I propose a workshop or panel?

The window to submit session proposals closed on January 15, 2015. We welcome all of your session proposals for next year’s bookfair. You can view this year’s sessions here.

Can I join the Bookfair Committee or help with the event?

A Bookfair is a lot of work! We need help publicizing the event, coordinating vendors, setting up and cleaning up on the day of, reviewing workshop proposals, and lots of other things. If you want to help, please get in touch.

Can I have a table at Bookfair?

Due to limited space, the window to submit vendor applications closed on January 15th, 2015. We welcome your submission for next year’s bookfair. You can see our 2015 list of vendors here.

What is the East Bay Anarchist Book Fair?

The East Bay Anarchist Book Fair is on December 7, 2014. You can find all the information about the event here.

Have Additional Questions?

The Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair is committed to creating an accessible space. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have a question, reflection or suggestion.

Thank you!