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The Alexander Berkman Social Club is a group of anarchists who want to talk about what anarchism is, how anarchists see things and what anarchy could look like. Named after the editor of San Francisco’s mighty The Blast, we hope to have continual monthly meetings that are open to all. If you come you’ll get a membership card, the chance to win thousands of dollars (alright – the odd book or two) and hopefully something to think about and act on. You failed the audition for “So You Think You Can Dance,” and you just don’t seem with it. Don’t worry. The ABSC will have you. See you there!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sheila Rowbotham in San Francisco Bay Area


By Sheila Rowbotham

Noted socialist feminist historian Shelia Rowbotham will be giving a series of lectures on her recent book on Edward Carpenter throughout January around the Bay Area. Check them out!

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 6-7:30 pm
San Francisco Main Library,
100 Larkin Street in the Latino/Hispanic Room.
The event is co-sponsored by the SF Public Library Hormel Center, the Edward Carpenter Forum and the SF GLBT Historical Society.

In conjunction with Rowbotham's appearance, the Library will mount the exhibit, My Days and Dreams: The Worlds of Edward Carpenter, Early Gay Freedom Pioneer, during the month of January on the 3rd floor of the Main Library.

Sunday, January 11, 2009, 2-4 pm
Bound Together Bookstore
1369 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 7:30 PM
Moe’s Books
2476 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704

Thursday, January 22, 2009 , 7:00 PM
Alexander Berkman Social Club
552 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

The first major biography of late Victorian sexual and political libertarian, Edward Carpenter, by renowned feminist historian, Sheila Rowbotham. A rare document of the alternative lifestyles and radicalism of Carpenter's times by a woman who was on the frontline of the left and feminist movements of the sixties.

Edward Carpenter, libertarian and campaigner for gay love, women's suffrage, nudism and recycling, was a central figure in the cultural and political landscape of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, this biography situates
Carpenter's life and thought in relation to the social, aesthetic and intellectual movements of his day, and explores his friendship with figures such as Walt Whitman, Robert Graves, Oscar Wilde, E.M. Forster, Isadora Duncan and Emma Goldman.

With a commitment to bringing out the range of interconnections evident in Carpenter's life, through his network, his mix of causes, his interests and his thinking, Rowbotham knits together a great alternative social history of Victorian England and presents a compelling portrait of a man described by his contemporaries as a "weather-vane" for his times.

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