Stefan Christoff on the Quebec student movement: Launch of 'Le fond de l'air est rouge'

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 22:30 to Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 01:30

On July 27, People's Coop Bookstore is pleased to launch Le fond de l'air est rouge, a collection of texts about the 2012 Quebec student uprising by Montreal artist and activist Stefan Christoff. 

Written between spring 2011 and summer 2012, this series of articles includes first hand accounts of the incredible street protests in Montreal and reflections on the student strike within the context of Quebec revolutionary history.

Christoff will be joined by Harsha Walia, a South Asian activist and writer based in Vancouver, Coast Salish territories, and introduced by editor Derrick O'Keefe. 

Join us on July 27 as we reflect upon the electrifying Quebec student strike of 2012, and how we can build upon this movement.

About the zine and the speakers

Stefan Christoff is a writer, an activist and musician. Le fond de l'air est rouge, published by Howl! arts collective, is a zine that captures and helps explain a key moment in Quebec popular history. Read a Q&A with Stefan Christoff about this project here

Harsha Walia is a South Asian activist and writer based in Vancouver, Coast Salish territories. She is active in community-based grassroots movements including No One Is Illegal, South Asian Network for Secularism
and Democracy, Women's Memorial March Committee and DTES is not for Developers Coalition. She works in the Downtown Eastside. Her writings have appeared in a number of newspapers, anthologies, websites and
journals. Her upcoming book Undoing Border Imperialism will be released in fall 2013. You can find her at



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