On 21 February 2020, more than thirty thousand people from South Korea to Venezuela joined the public reading of the Manifesto in their own languages.

The idea for Red Books Day, however, was not merely to celebrate the publication of the Manifesto.

But to stand in solidarity with the comrades who have been facing attacks from the right-wing.

This booklet captures the day in words and images.

The Spectre Still Burns

On 21 February 2020, join us by reading the Communist Manifesto in your language. Livestream it on social media, tape it, play it on Youtube.

To join the RED BOOKS DAY festival, write to [email protected] with a proposal to host a reading. Our Red Books Day organiser will sign you up.

We are now witnessing the rise of a neo-fascist menace. This menace has turned its attention to left books – with attacks on left bookshops and with murders and threats of left writers and publishers. There has been an upsurge of support for these bookshops as well as for the writers and publishers. A sense of outrage has built up that shows confidence amongst our readers and comrades to confront the neo-fascists and stand up for left books.

It is in this context, of the return of left book publishing as well as the attack and defense of left books and left writers, that we propose the establishment of RED BOOKS DAY. We hope you'll help us make this into an annual event.

We will come back to this page with more details of the bookshops which have agreed to host a reading. You can find the bookshop closest where you are and join us in solidarity. If the nearest bookshop Is far away, why don't you host a reading?