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The Colonial Present: The Rule of Ignorance and the Role of Law in British Columbia - Author Reading


Friday, 6th September, 2013



Kerry Coast is doing a reading & discussion of her new book "The Colonial Present: The Rule of Ignorance and the Role of Law in British Columbia" at Spartacus Books!

The new book challenges the status quo which seems to feel and even advocate throughout media, politics and even university studies specific to First Nations, that it's acceptable for indigenous peoples in Canada, especially BC, to gradually release all their rights under duress and eventually fade away as nothing more than village municipalities.

We need to consider what it is they are asking from indigenous peoples while they carry on "business as usual" – is the capitalist economy really more essential to the human condition than whole regions of distinct peoples?

The Colonial Present was endorsed by author Ward Churchill as "history as it should be."

The author is interested in chances to do some speaking, a little book reading, and engage in discussions about modern policies and practices to extinguish the indigenous in Canada 's western province – and what non-native citizens could be doing to turn that around.

Author Bio:

Kerry Coast is a journalist, dramatist and activist from unceded indigenous territories on the Salish Coast and Interior, called British Columbia , Canada . She has performed with the Ucwalmicw Players over five seasons and also been active in the movement to protect wild salmon and indigenous rights to the fisheries.

Publisher of The St'at'imc Runner newspaper for five years and The BC Treaty Negotiating Times for three years, Coast has a thorough analysis of how indigenous peoples are still being faced with assimilation or criminalization in modern-day Canada. The majority of people, who are non-native, must be able to change their government's policies in this regard!

Coast is just returning from New York where she served for the third time as representative of the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Spartacus Books is on the ground/street level. Both the outer door and the bathroom door are 800mm (31.49 inches) in width. In the gender neutral bathroom, there is one bar directly to the left of the toilet and one bar directly behind it. The inside of Spartacus is all one level except for a slight bump (about 1mm in height) close to the back.


Let Us Eat Cake: Spartacus 40th Anniversary Birthday Party

Sunday, 18th August


Started in mid 1973, Spartacus Books is finally over the hill – but still not under the ground! Come celebrate with us. We welcome all collective members past and present, community regulars, people who've organized here, and everyone who has found that special politically inspiring book on our shelves.

This past year has been one of joy and challenge here at Spartacus, and through it all (as has always been the case) we've had tremendous support from our broad community. On this day we will celebrate our birthday, our perseverance, and our continued dedication to radical politics, struggles for justice, and a space that welcomes and inspires folks of all sorts.
Unlike big box stores, for 40 years Spartacus Books has been Vancouver's go-to store for anti-capitalist shopping. Through financial challenge, a fire in 2004, and this year's threat of eviction, Spartacus has remained. We are collectively volunteer run, non-hierarchical, and non-sectarian – and we make it work thanks to hundreds of volunteers and comrades.

So come one and all, share stories and experiences, share cake, and lets give Spartacus Books the birthday hug that it deserves.

Cake will be as accessible as possible (gluten free, sugar free and vegan options).
Everything will be 10% off and 20% for Spartacus supporter members.
Fun will be had – it'll be a riot!

Spartacus Books is on the ground/street level. Both the outer door and the bathroom door are 800mm (31.49 inches) in width. In the gender neutral bathroom, there is one bar directly to the left of the toilet and one bar directly behind it. The inside of Spartacus is all one level except for a slight bump (about 1mm in height) close to the back.

We aren't evicted anymore!

Our landlord has rescinded our eviction and reinstated our lease. That means we are not being evicted anymore! We'll be staying in our current location (684 E. Hastings St.) for the time being. There is some more background information in this article. More information to follow.

Spartacus is being evicted!

Spartacus Books is being evicted!
Here's what some of us think about it. Feel free to share this statement:


Spartacus Books is a nonprofit bookstore and resource centre run by a collective of volunteers. We have been located in or around the Downtown Eastside since our doors first opened in 1973.

As an independent radical bookstore, we carry books, zines, comics, and magazines you won't find anywhere else, covering a range of subjects including anarchism, race and society, community organizing, gender, queer studies, feminism, radical theory, First Nations, prisons, labour, imperialism, DIY, political economy, ecology, and literature. We host regular anticapitalist events and meetings, and we offer free computer and Internet access and a free public phone available 24 hours a day. We aim to be a safe, welcoming, inclusive space for our neighbors and an organizing hub for Vancouver's radical community.


SPARTACUS BOOKS IS BEING RENOVICTED! We are being kicked out of our current location in the Heatley Block at 684 East Hastings St. Our landlords, who bought the building from Atira Property Management in late 2012, have terminated our lease and told us to vacate the premises by July 31. The owners have been doing renovations in our building and are also forcing out our neighbours. It's clear that we are all facing the threat of renoviction, as new rents in the building have as much as tripled.

We are not the only community space in this situation. Rhizome Cafe recently announced that they are closing due to rising costs, and VIVO Media Arts Centre has just been given notice to vacate the space they have been using for the past 20 years. These rent increases and de facto evictions are part of a larger process of gentrification — a process that is forcing our friends and neighbors from their homes in the Downtown Eastside and throughout Vancouver.

It's not just social spaces that are affected. In 2012 alone, with over 850 residents already living in shelters or on the streets, the DTES lost another 426 affordable rooms to higher rents. Formerly-affordable housing is being renovated and rented out at higher rates; new condo developments like 60 W Cordova and Sequel 138 are marketed to the middle class, as are businesses like Pidgin and Save-On-Meats. As neighborhoods are transformed to appeal to a more profitable target market, open and inclusive community spaces are squeezed out, while low-income residents are marginalized, harassed, evicted, and displaced. Our eviction is just one part of this bigger picture.


WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME! If you know of any spaces that might be a good fit for a radical bookstore, resource centre, and community space, please let us know! Spartacus Books will be in its current location at 684 East Hastings St until July 31 or until we move, whichever comes first.

If you'd like to support us, you can buy our books, donate to help us cover the costs of moving, or stop by our space with kind words, baked goods, or offers of mutual aid. Better yet, organize with your neighbors and allies to resist gentrification! We want Spartacus Books to be around for the next 40 years, and the best way to make that happen is to SMASH CAPITALISM.

Bestsellers of 2012!

Here are the top ten best selling books for Spartacus Books in 2012. 

Click on the titles to link to the publishers page for more information.

1) The Anti Capitalist Resistance Comic Book – Gord Hill

2) The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein

3) The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book – Gord Hill

4) The Revolution Starts at Home – Ching-In Chen (Editor), Jai Dulani (Editor), and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor)

5) Static – Amy Goodman and David Goodman

6) Witness to Wilderness - Edited by Howard Breen-Needham , Sandy Frances Duncan and Deborah Ferens.

7) Why we WriteH. Nigel Thomas

8) Punk Rules OK - Chris Walter

9) How it all Vegan! - Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard

10) Feminism is for Everbody - bell hooks

VCN profiles Spartacus!

Every year, Spartacus has interns from VCN join our ranks to suppoirt folks accessing the space.  This year, we got a write-up! See the links below for more photos and an interview with Alexander, one of our volunteers!



Bookmarks comes to Vancouver!

Spartacus is lucky enough to be carrying a shipment of books published by Bookmarks, one of the UK's oldest bookshops!  These titles are usually unavailable anywhere else in BC, so come by the store and browse to see them!

Or, if you don't believe me, check some of them out in our online Bookshop.

Vancouver Grafitti!

Pictures of us online?  People offering thoughts on our offerings? Check out our mention in Vancouver Grafitti here!


Dear Friends,

We are writing to tell you about upcoming events to celebrate Rhizome's
fifth anniversary-and to ask for your help.

For over five years, Rhizome has served as a vital community resource. We
have hosted hundreds of events related to social and environmental justice,
and have created a shared "living room" for diverse communities. Rhizome has
become a unique institution-a forum for powerful voices, discussions on
critical issues, mutual learning, and sharing of resources. Rhizome was
created to nurture organizing in Vancouver-and now it's time for the
community to nurture Rhizome!

Rising costs and the current economic crisis have hit Rhizome hard-just as
they have impacted many others in our communities. Our revenue has dropped
significantly in recent months-and we now need more than food sales to keep
doing this work. Rhizome needs your help to stay open.

Introducing – The Friends of Rhizome

We are launching an individual donor program to help keep Rhizome afloat-and
to make sure that it can thrive well into the future. We are gratefully
accepting donations of any amount-either on a one-time or monthly basis.
Individuals and organizations can all become Friends of Rhizome. Go to our
website: to find out how you can donate by
cash, cheque or credit card. Your donation really can make a difference.

Please also forward this urgent appeal as soon as you are able to people you
think would like to support Rhizome.

We need volunteers to support this campaign. If you can help, please contact


Awesome Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels section at Spartacus Books!!!

Spartacus is carrying a great selection of comics and graphic novels!  We will be bringing in new stuff every month, so keep checking in to see what's new in the space!  Go to our bookshop to see more!