Me7 wíktlmen: Neskie Manuel

It is with sadness that we write about the loss of Neskie Manuel, the author of the chapter “Secwepemc Radio: Reclamation of Our Common Property” in Islands of Resistance. Neskie went missing on May 8th from a family camping trip and his remains were found 53 days later on the shores of the South Thompson River.

Neskie was involved in radio and other techno projects and was passionate about the preservation of his community’s language. When we first read Neskie’s contribution, we were struck by the phrase “We are not pirates, we are Secwepemc.”

We are honoured to have his words immortalized in Islands of Resistance and send our deepest condolences to his family, his community, and to all those who knew him or were inspired by his work.

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Islands of Resistance wins Monday Magazine M Award

Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radion In Canada, the first book about pirate radio in Canada, won a 2010 Monday Magazine M Award for best local non-fiction. The M Awards recognize Victoria’s visual, literary and performing artists and are now in their ninth year.

What Monday Magazine had to say about the win:

“While there were a lot of close races in the M Awards this year, this was one of the few where the winner was clear right out of the starting gate. It seems this book documenting the history of pirate radio in the Great White North really captured the attention of M Awards voters this year —and, given that it’s the first book to do so, we’d say it’s deserving of the support.”

Read more at:

Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada

The book is entitled, Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada

The anthology, Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada, was published in May 2010!

Inspired by a passion for social justice, a defiant libertarian ethos, a desire for autonomy, or for purposes of artistic expression, radio pirates snub the legal edicts of regulated broadcasting. Islands of Resistance puts you behind the eyepatch, giving you a collection of inside views on pirate radio in Canada. Editors: Andrea Langlois, Ron Sakolsky & Marian van der Zon

Please visit the media & feedback page for the latest reviews and interviews about the book.

The PDF is now available for download. To download the PDF, CTRL click (Mac users) or Right click (PC users) HERE!

For review copies, please contact the publisher: New Star Books directly.


Launch parties:

  • Montreal – Wednesday, May 26th, 5-7pm, in conjunction with the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, Insoumise Librarie Anarchiste, 2033 St Laurent, Montreal
  • Nanaimo – Friday, June 11, 7.30pm, at the Corner Lounge, 121 Bastion St, Nanaimo. Radio Theatre – Desire & Machines: Auralizing Community AND Live Music – Tongue and Groove
  • Victoria – Saturday, June 12, 7.30pm at Camas Books, 2590 Quadra St, Victoria
  • Vancouver – Friday, June 25, 7pm, at Pulp Fiction, 2422 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Denman Island – Saturday, July 3, 7.30pm, at the Back Hall, Denman Island
  • Cortes Island – Thursday, July 22, 7PM, at the Whaletown Institute
  • Courteney – Thursday, July 29, 2PM, at Laughing Oyster Books