Posted on March 8, 2016

The Paper Quilt: A Revolutionary Mothering Zine Workshop

Ancestry Books is excited about, supportive of, and politically aligned with the work in the book.  In so many ways it is a book that we have been waiting for that looks at the revolutionary social practice that is mothering.

We are more than thrilled to be hosting The Paper Quilt at Juxtaposition Arts’ 1108 West Broadway building from 3-5pm on Saturday, April 23rd.  Hope to see you there!!

Before there was the book Revolutionary Mothering there were the zines Revolutionary Motherhood and The Future Generation and Outlaw Midwives. The Paper Quilt workshop is an interactive workshop in which a group of people will quilt together a motherful publication in 2 hours or less! This workshop is a great way to make your insights shareable and is part of our mission to expand the idea of what stories about mothering circulate in our society.”

This workshop will be informal and interactive and is open to the entire family. Facilitators for this workshop are Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Mai’a Williams, and Autumn Brown.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs was the first person to dig through the archives of several radical black feminist mothers including June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Lucille Clifton, and Toni Cade Bambara while writing her dissertation We Can Learn to Mother Ourselves: The Queer Survival of Black Feminism, a 500-page work. Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, a Reproductive Reality Check Shero, and a Black Woman Rising nominee in 2010, and was awarded one of the first ever Too Sexy for 501c3 trophies in 2011! Alexis’s work as co-creator of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive and documentary project has been featured in Curve magazine, the Huffington Post, in Durham Magazine and on NPR.

Mai’a Williams is a writer, editor and mother. It was her living and working with Palestinian, Congolese, and Central American indigenous mothers in resistance communities, that initially inspired her to become a mother and continues to guide her as she practices this life-giving work called radical mothering. She is the instigator of the Outlaw Midwives movement, zines, and blog, which shifts the discourse around birth, life, death, and healing by offering a vision of radical empowerment and accountability. In 2008, she published the anthology Revolutionary Motherhood, a collection of writing and visual art about mothering on the margins, which became the inspiration forRevolutionary Mothering. She has also written two books of poetry, No God but Ghosts and Monsters and Other Silent Creatures.

Autumn Brown is a mother, community organizer, writer, artist, and facilitator. Her speculative fiction has been published in Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (AK Press 2015), and her essays have been published in numerous places, including Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (PM Press 2016). She is a founding member of the Rock Dove Collective, a radical community health exchange, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Common Fire Foundation. Autumn facilitates organizational and strategic development with community-based and social movement organizations, and trains community organizers in Consensus Decision-making, Facilitation, and Identity/Difference. This year she joins the Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA) to deliver facilitation and training regionally and nationally. Autumn is a recipient of the 2009 Next Generation of Leadership Fellowship through the Center for Whole Communities and was a participant in the 2010 Creative Community Leadership Institute through Intermedia Arts. She lives in the Avon Hills of the great state of Minnesota with her partner, three brilliant children, a large and ridiculous dog, and many birds and other forms of wildlife.

Posted on February 26, 2016

Saturday Study Circle @ Ancestry Books

Saturday Study Circle is a monthly gathering where we host a critical conversation on a text. During the month of March Ancestry Books is encouraging readers to pick up a copy of, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along The Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman. Hartman’s work is both prfound and challenging as it retraces the Atlantic slave route through Hartman’s own journey, seeking to recover missing archives and reimagining blackness. It’s a fantastic read. Pick it up at Ancestry Books and then join us for a critical discussion of the text at 1104 West Broadway Avenue N, Minneapolis 55411 on Saturday April 2nd from 1pm – 3pm.

Posted on February 26, 2016

Ancestry @ JXTA

Ancestry Books has from its inception been a space that could not have been realized without the support of a wide array of individual and organizational partners.  One of those amazing partners has been Juxtaposition Arts.  When we first opened in 2014 we contracted Juxtaposition Arts Environmental Design Lab to design and fabricate our unique bookshelves.   We also contracted Juxtaposition Arts Graphics Lab for the design of our logo.

Such a fantastic partnership has continued to date with Ancestry @ JXTA: a re occurring pop up.  Back in November of 2015, as Ancestry Books no longer had a physical location, Juxtaposition Arts opened up their 1104 West Broadway building (Textile Lab) to host Ancestry Books for Small Business Saturday.  We had a smashing success with so many visitors, old and new that not only supported Ancestry Books but also purchased a number of Juxtapositions’ custom screen printed  clothing gear that is also on display at that location.

We decided to try it again over the holiday season in December and were met with similar excitement and are now, as of February 2016, operating as a re occurring pop up on the weekends.  Our ours are Saturdays 1pm – 6pm, and Sundays 10am – 5pm.

Check out our carefully curated selection of books, from Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.  Also stay tuned for our April events which we our thrilled to be hosting.  And big bonus is that when you come by Ancestry Books and pick up your favorite lit from your trusted brick and mortar, you can also pick up some of Juxtapositions’ incredible line of t-shirts, hoodies, and bags.

We look forward to seeing you soon!