Welcome!

The QPIRG Concordia Alternative Library is a free library that is committed to fulfilling the QPIRG Concordia mandate, which aims to promote social and environmental justice.

Our library carries hundreds of books, magazines, zines and audio-visual items, mostly in English. Our resources specialize in social and environmental justice covering subjects such as anti-racism and colonialism, queer issues, economics and globalization, sexuality and gender, (un)popular history, media, art and culture, prison issues, labour, environmental issues and more. We also stock most films shown in our film series.

Book dumpster diving treasures

Here are some books found in the dumpster of a book store and some descriptions found here and there. Enjoy!

 

A Renegade History of the United States – by Thaddeus Russell: In his new book, thaddeus russell shows how american culture was formed on the fringes of society. This excerpt is not the history you will find in textbooks, but one driven by clashes between insiders who sought to preserve social order and outsiders bent on pursuing their own desires.

A Renegade History of the United States – by Thaddeus Russell: In his new book, thaddeus russell shows how american culture was formed on the fringes of society. This excerpt is not the history you will find in textbooks, but one driven by clashes between insiders who sought to preserve social order and outsiders bent on pursuing their own desires.

Perils and Possibilities: Social Activism and the Law -by Byron Sheldrick: The legal system is presented as a political resource in this examination of how canadian, american, and british law can be used by social justice activists to negotiate with and leverage the power of lawyers, courts, tribunals, and commissions of inquiry.

Perils and Possibilities: Social Activism and the Law -by Byron Sheldrick: The legal system is presented as a political resource in this examination of how canadian, american, and british law can be used by social justice activists to negotiate with and leverage the power of lawyers, courts, tribunals, and commissions of inquiry.

The Inconvenient Indian – by Thomas King:  The inconvenient indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable thomas king has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “indian” in north america.

The Inconvenient Indian – by Thomas King: The inconvenient indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable thomas king has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “indian” in north america.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prisoner of Tehran - by Marina Nemat: In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by iranian revolutionary guards and tortured in tehran's notorious evin prison. This is her testimony about how she survived and how an unfair love saved her. Prisoner Of Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice.

Prisoner of Tehran – by Marina Nemat: In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by iranian revolutionary guards and tortured in tehran’s notorious evin prison. This is her testimony about how she survived and how an unfair love saved her. Prisoner Of Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice.

Fear of a Black Nation – by David Austin: In the 1960s, for at least a brief moment, montreal became what seemed an unlikely centre of black power and the caribbean left. "Exhaustively researched, expertly executed and beautifully written. Fear of a Black Nation solidifies david austin's place as one of the most important black writers and intellectuals in north america" - Barrington Walker

Fear of a Black Nation – by David Austin: In the 1960s, for at least a brief moment, montreal became what seemed an unlikely centre of black power and the caribbean left. “Exhaustively researched, expertly executed and beautifully written. Fear of a Black Nation solidifies david austin’s place as one of the most important black writers and intellectuals in north america” – Barrington Walker

The Myth of the Muslim Tide – by Doug Saunders: The myth of the muslim tide is a timely, sober and exhaustively researched book. British-canadian globe and mail journalist Doug Saunders clearly and effectively debunks a number of irrational yet widely circulated demographic and historical claims by drawing on popular political literature, quantitative data and opinion polls. - Euro islam

The Myth of the Muslim Tide – by Doug Saunders: The myth of the muslim tide is a timely, sober and exhaustively researched book. British-canadian globe and mail journalist Doug Saunders clearly and effectively debunks a number of irrational yet widely circulated demographic and historical claims by drawing on popular political literature, quantitative data and opinion polls. – Euro islam

Book Nomads project

    This past Monday was the Book Nomads’ pilot. An intimate gathering where books on   black realities, from black authors, fiction, studies, personal stories were available to share read and talk about. The project’s mandate is to create a mobile space, where books, zines, snacks and cozy atmosphere are brought to the attendees whom are invited to lie down and read or engage in informal discussions. Mostly it’s about creating a community around books.

DESTA, the black youth  network was generous enough to allow us into their space and the people from a variety of backgrounds and group ages came, read books, exchanged ideas and gave priceless feedback.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is to give you an idea of how much of great vibe it was, but pictures might not be enough, next time, come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to the “Collectif opposé à la brutalité policière ” for providing us a   sample of their great zine, “Surprise, on a des droits” to give out to our guests. A desire for more was well heard and clever suggestions for the future were given. Looking forward to continue this beautiful project!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next goal? to build this thing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wouldn’t that be bad as-piration?

Want to help organize the next one? Want to attend, want to help in general for next events, contact the Alternative Library Coordinator (MOI) and things can happen. Hope to see you at the next one! ps: also, don’t miss our table at the next anarchist bookfair coming up in May ! We usually get a lot of our books from this event. If you want to help out, please contact QPIRG at info@qpirgconcordia.org.

 

– Maria Elena Stoodley Alternative Library and Poster Archive Coordinator (514) 848-7585

The QPIRG Concordia Alternative Library is a free lending library that is committed to fulfilling the QPIRG Concordia mandate, which aims to promote social and environmental justice on campus and in the community. We are located at 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, # 204. We are open Monday to Thursday from noon – 6pm. Librarian office hours are Tuesday at 3pm to 5pm To search holdings in our library, as well as the resources of QPIRG McGill, visit http://alternativelibraries.org.

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” — Gloria Steinem

“Feminism” doesn’t strictly mean “women” and “women” doesn’t necessarily  mean “feminism” but the two should definitely get along and in the “best world” scenario, we shouldn’t need feminism, right?

The international women’s day is happening sooner than we think but does that mean something to you? There will be a demonstration for the occasion this coming Saturday organized by Women of diverse origins and we hope this will be one opportunity amongst others to express your views to the world about what the concept of woman means to you.

As always,  we have books here that study the questions of equality or  that cover testimonies of women who fought for their rights. I sorted out a little selection for you but there is so much more to it.  Also, if you have suggestions of good books/zines on the topic, my ears are wide open!

MAKING SPACE FOR INDIGENOUS FEMINISM – by Joyce Green

The majority of scholarly and activist opinion by and about Aboriginal women claims that feminism is irrelevant for them. Yet, there is also an articulate, theoretically informed and activist constituency that identifies as feminist. By and about Aboriginal feminists, this book provides a powerful and original intellectual and political contribution demonstrating that feminism has much to offer Aboriginal women in their struggles against oppression. The contributors are from Canada, the USA, Sami (Samiland) and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The chapters include theoretical contributions, stories of political activism and deeply personal accounts of developing political consciousness.

AIN’T I A WOMAN: black women an feminism – by Bell Hooks

AIN’T I A WOMAN examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women’s movement, and black women’s involvement with feminism. ”

NI VUES NI CONNUES? : Femmes, VIH, médias – by Maria Nengeh Mensah (in French)

What space do we allow HIV positive women to occupy? Some of them might be completely  isolated and marginalized because of the stigmatization associated with the disease. How are they represented through lens of the media?  Maria Nengeh Mensah studies how HIV positive women are represented in this book.

VOICES OF RESISTANCE: Muslim women  on war, faith & sexuality – edited by Sarah Husain

“Voices of Resistance is a diverse collection of personal narratives and prose by Muslim women whose experiences and observations are particularly poignant in today’s politically and religiously charged environment. The contributors in this anthology hail from Yemen, Iran, Palestine, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Canada, and the United States. ”

Enjoy your reading!

and stay fierce,

Maria Elena Stoodley
Alternative Library and Poster Archive Coordinator
(514) 848-7585

The QPIRG Concordia Alternative Library is a free
lending library that is committed to fulfilling the QPIRG
Concordia mandate, which aims to promote social and
environmental justice on campus and in the community.

We are located at 1500 de Maisonneuve Ouest, # 204.
We are open Monday to Thursday from noon – 6pm.
Librarian office hours are Tuesday at 3pm to 5pm

To search holdings in our library, as well as the resources
of QPIRG McGill, visit http://alternativelibraries.org.

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