Wednesday, 1 March 2023

New Books from Kersplebedeb

A box of books from Kersplebedeb in Canada is out on the shelves! 

Silvia Federici fans will be delighted to see Caliban and the Witch is back in stock, along with three of her other books. Fiction fans can pick up B Traven's classic, The Death Ship, Ytasha L. Womack's Afrofuturism and Michael Mohammed Knight's cheerfully daft Islamic punk fantasy, The Taqwacores

And we've finally got copies of Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian, a brilliant intro to North American colonial and anti-colonial history and Michelle Cruz Gonzales account of feminist punk band Spitboy (they played a legendary gig at Thistle Hall in P┼Źneke back in the dark ages). 

Plus stuff on Makhno, 1968, Frantz Fanon, anarchism in the Philippines, Bookchin and more! 

Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Book Launch: Splendid Bush

The Freedom Shop and Book Haven invite you to the launch of Splendid Bush by Clare Havell-Shufflebotham.

Splendid Bush is a queer reckoning with love, its warpath, motherhood and ghosts (of capital, of violence, of sweet lemon trees). Part protection spell, part map of self-dissolution, this collection is an ode to hookgrass and an offering of dirt.

The works are at times ruthless, at times tender nano-essays on the rebound, queer haunting, the parties you should have left, and all that you want to stay. This is not a break up album, although the greatest hits do make an appearance. Rather, it takes the wounds that motherhood lays bare, and produces queer nature magic as antidote and as mirror.

Written in the crucible that is suburbia with young children, Splendid Bush questions the spaces between ourselves and ‘nature’, macho colonial bodies, violent bodies of the state, and our own. Above all, it is about the power of Bush.

Havell-Shufflebotham arrived home to Aotearoa not long before the pandemic hit, after a decade in London and Berlin. She has a Masters in Documentary Practice and is currently writing up her PhD thesis on experimental strategies of anonymity in documentary film.

Tuesday, 13 December 2022, 6.30pm at Book Haven / The Freedom Shop
160 Riddiford St, Newtown, Te Whanganui-A-Tara/Wellington

Free / all welcome.
More info at Left of the Equator Publishing

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

It's here - Time for Plan B 2023

It's here! Plan B for 2023 is out. It's the fifth year of the planner and as always, it is loaded with events and dates of those often ignored, overlooked, deliberately forgotten histories from Aotearoa. It is a planner featuring countercultural and radical histories. 

As you plot and plan your way through 2023, you can be reminded of what has come before.

This time around, Plan B was made in association with Zinefest and features stunning artwork from Daily Secretion commemorating events from the planner. 

By popular demand the 2023 edition is spiral bound, black and white, and has one week to a spread with monthly highlights and monthly art.

Copies are for sale at the Freedom Shop for $17 each or online from Book Haven