Camas Bookstore and Infoshop

Coordinates: 48°26′14.91″N 123°21′31.7″W / 48.4374750°N 123.358806°W / 48.4374750; -123.358806
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Camas Collective Books and Infoshop in its former home

The Camas Bookstore and Infoshop is a not-for-profit infoshop located at 2620 Quadra Street in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


A collective which included Allan Antliff started off renting shelf space at Dark Horse Books in Victoria.[1] Camas was then established at 2590 Quadra Street on the corner of Kings Road, in September 2007.[2][3]

The infoshop is named after the camas plant (camassia quamash), which was grown by the local Lekwungen nation.[4] The project aimed to publicise social justice perspectives and to make solidarity links to social movements worldwide. The space was intended to be as accessible as possible.[3] Camas sells books and zines on the themes of anarchism, anti-capitalism and anti-colonialism. It is non-profit and supporting itself through book sales and events, such as exhibitions, readings and films.[1] Camas was raided by the Victoria Police Department in 2010. Four volunteers were detained whilst the police searched, taking away two computers.[3] The police were searching for evidence concerning vandalism of the mayor's house.[5]

In October 2012 Camas Books moved to a new location at 2620 Quadra, less than half a block away from the original location.[1] The store hosted a book launch for Ann Hansen's Taking the Rap: Women Doing Time for Society's Crimes in 2018.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Hill, Edward (4 October 2012). "Independent Camas Books thrives outside the mainstream". Saanich News. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  2. ^ Kloster, Darron (22 April 2013). "Caffe Fantastico expands its Quadra Village site". Times Colonist. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Police Raid Camas Educational Bookstore". Vancouver Mediacoop. Archived from the original on 4 August 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Welcome". Camas. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  5. ^ Holmen, Roszan (10 November 2010). "Vandalism suspect released from custody". BC Local News. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  6. ^ Reimer, Seth (12 January 2021). "Discovering Our History: Late Twentieth Century Feminist Organizing in Victoria, British Columbia". The Ascendant Historian. 7 (1): 92–101.

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