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Spartacus Books


Since 1973, Spartacus Books is a non-profit, volunteer & collectively run ... new and used books. zines. comics. magazines. cd's. videos. t-shirts, patches and pins ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Spartacus Books

Spartacus Books
  • martha gonzález palacios
  • LIBR 500 Foundations of Information
  • Winter 2005

What Spartacus is
  • Since 1973, Spartacus Books is a non-profit,
    volunteer collectively run bookstore resource
    center that was located right on the edge of
    Vancouver's Eastside.

What we did
  • Spartacus sold
  • new and used books
  • zines
  • comics
  • magazines
  • cds
  • videos
  • t-shirts, patches and pins
  • posters and cards
  • and more!
  • The Spartacus collective hosted
  • Shows
  • Workshops
  • Readings
  • free film nights
  • As a community space, Spartacus had couches,
    workspace and free networked computer terminals.

What happened
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  • Vancouvers radical bookstore burned to the
    ground Sunday April 25th 2004 when a fire tore
    through 311 W. Hastings St.

The fire started at approximately 630am and by
10am the entire inventory was destroyed from
smoke and water damage. The hundred-year-old
heritage building was demolished by Sunday
evening and now only a gaping hole remains where
North Americas oldest collectively-run,
non-profit bookstore once stood.
What we are up to right now
  • As a volunteer based collective, meetings are in
    progress in order to bring Spartacus Books back
    to building form.
  • Events such as parties, concerts, and yard sales
    are organized regularly to raise funds for rent,
    equipment and books.

Spartacus Books table at Under the Volcano
Festival in 2004
How you can help out
Join the Spartacus-supporters listserv
  • The Spartacus Collective wants to rebuild the
    store and this list will serve as a place for its
    supporters and allies to find out about
    fundraising and other events that will get the
    store started again. The list will receive weekly
    announcements about meetings and events.

If you'd like to keep on top of what is happening
with Spartacus so that you might help out, join
the Spartacus-supporters listserv for updates.
Become a collective member
  • Give nico a shout at and he'll
    let you know what it's about and how to proceed.

  • You can write a cheque (or hide that cash well)
    and send it to
  • Spartacus Books Fund
  • c/o CCEC Credit Union
  • 101-2250 Commercial Drive
  • Vancouver, BC
  • V5N 5P9
  • Canada
  • Or take part in our Raffle! Great prizes to be
    won (of course).

Want to know more?
  • Spartacus Books is featured in
  • Antill, Allan , ed. Autonomous Zones. Only A
    Beginning An Anarchist Anthology. Vancouver
    Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004.
  • (soon to be available at the UBC library)
  • Or you can go to our website
  • http//

  • I would like to thank tobi s., colin brown/
    artists against war and all members of the
    spartacus books collective for for the use
    photographs and text.

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