Open Christmas Eve day

13 Dec

Bindlestiff Books will be open Monday, Dec. 24, from 11 a.m. until 3:30 (or until the last customer leaves) for your last-minute shopping needs.

We will also have limited hours on Monday, Dec. 17 (call first: 215.662.5780), and our regular hours for the rest of the week. We will be accepting special orders through closing Wednesday, Dec. 19, which will be available for pick-up on Dec. 22 (or possibly earlier — this applies only to books in stock at our distributor’s Pennsylvania warehouse, something we will check on when we take the order). Orders placed after Wednesday are unlikely to arrive in time for Christmas.

We will be open intermittently between Christmas and New Year’s Day.


Literary Salon Thursday, Jan. 24

18 Jan

Four Philly authors will read at the Dock Street Cannery Thursday, in a varied program including works of fiction and science history. We have three of their books on hand at Bindlestiff.

Winter hours

13 Jan

Bindlestiff hours will be a bit irregular for the next few weeks as we train some new volunteers, rejigger work schedules, and do some much-needed work in the basement (which doesn’t require closing, but it’s hard for the person doing it to staff at the same time).

We endeavor to be open Wednesday through Sunday, from Noon to 7 pm except on Sundays, when we close at 5. However, we do not have volunteers available for all of those hours, and many shifts are being scheduled on a day-by-day basis. We can pretty much guarantee that we will be open Thursdays from Noon to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from Noon to 7:00 p.m. We expect to be open more often than not on the other days for at least a part of our normal hours.

If you’re contemplating a special trip, perhaps it would be a good idea to phone first, at 215.662.5780. (But you shouldn’t necessarily expect to be phoned back quickly if you leave a voicemail; we’re not all that good at checking that.) Otherwise, if you’re walking by and we’re open, perhaps that would be a good time to pop in.

One Book Philadelphia: Sing, Unburied Sing,

29 Dec

Sing, Unburied, Sing is the 2019 One Book Philadelphia title. Ghost Boys and Last Stop on Market Street are the accompanying titles for younger readers. All are available for check-out at branch libraries or for purchase at Bindlestiff Books.

There will be several events between January 14 and March 13, with author Jesmyn Ward speaking at the main library Jan. 16 and at the Community College of Philadelphia Jan. 17. A schedule of events can be found here.

Bindlestiff Top Sellers

24 Nov

2019 Slingshot Organizer

Jennifer Uman, Jemmy Button (picture book)

Jessica Love, Julián Is a Mermaid (picture book)

Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Patricia Valdez, Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles (picture book)

Michelle Obama, Becoming

Yuval Harari,  Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Cixin Liu, The Dark Forest

Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist (novel)

Carmen Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Angela Diterlizzi, Just Add Glitter (picture book)

Roberto Bolano, Antwerp

Naomi Klein, The Battle For Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists

Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed




Best Children’s Books of 2018

2 Nov

The New York Times has just published its annual list; we have most of them in stock…

November hours

30 Oct

Bindlestill will close Halloween (Oct. 31) at 3:30 for the holiday.

Beginning in November, we will be open Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. We will be open Wednesday through Saturday Noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday Noon to 5. A new group of volunteers is still settling in. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday opening, Saturday and Sunday all have solid staffing and we will be open those days barring emergencies. We have pretty good coverage for Thursday closings and Friday openings, and expect to stay open most Fridays until our scheduled closing time.

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, and likely Black Friday as well.

We plan on further expanding hours in December.