'Art and Social Change' book draw, BTL events, new books, & more!
How does community and political art promote and make change? We offer a historical perspective and examples from around the world happening right now as we release two titles exploring the theme of art and change: Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada by Alan Filewod and ¡VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas, edited by Deborah Barndt.
You can win a copy of Committing Theatre by emailing us the name of the author to: firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “September newsletter contest.” We will draw winners from all the correct answers received by October 5th, 2011. And if you want to increase your odds of winning a book, check out our Facebook page the week of October 2, where we will be giving away more copies of Committing Theatre and ¡VIVA!
Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada
by Alan Filewod
Lumber-camp mock trials, Mayday parades and street protests, the Workers Theatre Movement, agitprop theatre, the counter-culture theatre of the 1960s and 1970s, and more recent anarchist theatre collectives all played a role in a vibrant and unique radical theatre culture that went largely unnoticed, unrecorded, and undocumented by the professional theatre establishment.
“Theatre history is always a history of the forgotten and unremarked, traced through the survival of the exceptional,” says author Alan Filewod. “Committing Theatre offers one way of filling out that forgotten history by examining how activists have used and adapted changing practices of radical theatre in Canada.”
ISBN 978-926662-76-3 / October 2011 / 350 pages / $29.95
¡VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas
Edited by Deborah Barndt
¡VIVA! is about community art making community change. ¡VIVA! has been created by and for people who are seeking a more just and sustainable world, who want to integrate education and art into community work, who believe that such synergy can foster greater passion for and deeper commitment to movements for social and environmental justice. With examples from community arts projects in five countries, this collection will inform and inspire students, artists, and activists. A companion DVD is included with this title.
ISBN 9781926662510 / October 2011 / 240 pages / $24.95
M A R K T H E D A T E The Toronto book launch for ¡VIVA! will be October 28, 6:30-9:00pm at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.
BTL author events
Thursday, October 13, York University, Toronto
Don't miss Ian McKay, author of Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada’s Left History who will be at the York conference Transformation: State, Nation, and Citizenship in a New Environment, participating in the roundtable “The New Citizenship Guide / Le nouveau guide sur la citoyenneté."
Thursday, October 27, 7pm, Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library
BTL Author Craig Heron (Booze: A Distilled History) is speaking on “Labour on the March: 150 Years of Labour Parades in Toronto” as part of the History Matters Fall 2011 Lecture Series. This year these lectures focus on two themes—labour and environmental history in the Toronto area and beyond. 789 Yonge Street 416-395-5577.
Friday, October 28, 6:30pm-9pm, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Performance, video, visual art, and more at this dynamic launch of the book ¡VIVA!: Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas.
News for those that Read Between the Lines
Valerie Stam, co-editor of Generation NGO, was on Endeavours Radio at CJSF (Simon Fraser University) and you can hear the engaging interview at this link.
Ian McKay and Jamie Swift, authors of the forthcoming BTL book Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in a Fearful Age, were interviewed for the National Post piece "Canada’s Royal Rebrand."
Piqued oil? Did the recent Tar Sands action get you thinking about oil and the climate crisis? Learn more with the No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change: The Science, the Solutions, the Way Forward.