Registration is open for the ninth annual edition of Queer Between the Covers, which will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016. This event is taking place in Tio’tia:ke, on colonized Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) territory, aka Montreal, Qc.
Queer Between the Covers is organized by a collective of volunteers with the support of QPIRG Concordia. Through this event, we hope to provide access to queer materials that are otherwise unavailable or hard to find in the city, as well as draw attention to the role of queer bookstores in providing community space and supporting queer cultural production. The book fair is being organized as part of the tenth annual Pervers/Cité, a series of events aimed at providing a financially accessible and issue-based alternative to the city’s annual pride festival. This approximately 10-day programme will be taking place in early August 2016.
Last year’s book fair attracted several hundred participants and this year we are aiming to build upon this success. We are inviting local and out of town bookstores, publishers, zine distros, and individual zinesters and authors to bring queer books, zines, videos, and other materials to sell. Please visit our website to get more information about Queer Between the Covers’ mandate, how the collective functions and the types of queer production we prioritize. Every year we get applications from vendors and artists in a variety of media and we make our selection based on the following statement, which is at the heart of our mandate:
*We will prioritize spaces for applicants whose work most directly corresponds with our mandate, which means authors, zinesters and print media vendors whose voices have been traditionally marginalized and whose tabling content represents a variety of queer experiences. We aim for the bookfair to reflect our collective’s strong commitment to anti-racism, anti-colonialism, anti-capitalism, anti-ableism, and gender and body self-determination and feminism. Therefore, we will prioritize spaces for applicants who experience intersecting oppressions and whose work stands in solidarity with these struggles.*
If you have any questions about how your material may or may not fit our mandate please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
At this time we are able to offer some limited travel subsidies on a first-come, first-served basis and can arrange billeting if needed. Please feel free to email back with any specific inquiries. We would love it if you could participate, and will do whatever we can to support your doing so. If you know that you would like to participate, please fill out our online form to reserve a table: http://www.queerbetweenthecovers.org/en/table-reservations/. The deadline for registration is June 7, 2016, and you can expect to hear back from us within the following week.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Queer Between the Covers collective