Holding Court is an interview series that features the authors of the new books on display in the King Arthur Flour café in Baker-Berry Library.
In this week's edition, we talk with Mark Bray, who teaches History. Bray's book, Antifa: the anti-fascist handbook (Melville House, 2017) gained national attention immediately following its publication in August 2017. After the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, VA, which resulted in the death of counter-protestor Heather Heyer, Antifa's publisher, Melville House, rushed to print Antifa in order to provide historical context for the anti-fascist movement. Most academic titles see an initial printing of a few hundred copies; Melville House set a first printing of 10,000, with an additional print-run of 20,000 copies, as reported by the Guardian. Bray is an authority on the movement, one who participates in it (Bray was an organizer of Occupy Wall Street) and also performs deft political analysis of its place in current politics and over the last century.
What is your book about?
A century of anti-fascist resistance in Europe and North America; or, how to make friends at an Ivy League institution.
Where do you get your ideas?
From Bakunin's ghost.
What does research look like for you? What element of research could you not live without?
Meeting people on marches. Reading old documents in archives. Interviewing revolutionaries. Having drinks at squatted social centers.
What do you think the library of the future will look like?
A free, global database of information.
What advice would you give to an aspiring scholar or writer?
And finally, what do you read for fun?
The Sports section.