Capital, Labor & Urban Transportation: A book talk for today’s working class

23 Sep

wolfinger-talkIn his new book, Running the Rails, labor historian James Wolfinger examines how Philadelphia’s for-profit public transport system management used raw violence, race baiting and smear campaigns to control mass transit workers, and how workers organized over several decades to win decent wages and working conditions.

Sunday, October 9, 1:30 p.m. Transit Workers Local 234 Hall, 500 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia. (near the 2nd Street and Spring Garden SEPTA stations) Co-sponsored by Bindlestiff Books and Transit Workers Union Local 234. Free admission, copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Dollar Stroll Thursday

31 Aug

Thursday is the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, and Bindlestiff will be open late for the occasion with our normal selection of books inside, and a wide variety of new books (some other stuff too) available outside for just $1.

Bindlestiff Best-Sellers

29 Aug

Our best-selling titles for the last month, in descending order of sales:

J.K. Rowling et al., Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness

Alexandra Brodsky & Rachel Nalebuff, editors, The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Six Visions of a Wildly Better Future

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Betty Medsger, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI 

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (novel)

Matt de la Peña, Last Stop on Market Street (picture book)

Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah (novel)

Gemma Harris, Can a Bee Sting a Bee?: And Other Big Questions from Little People

Ali Almossawi, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Chimamanda Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

Pamela Haag, The Gunning of America: Capitalism and the Making of American Gun Culture

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing: A novel

J.K. Rowling, Hogwarts Classics

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage

Octavia Butler, Lilith’s Brood

Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels)

 

Phone service restored

18 Aug

We were notified Friday morning that our phone number – 215.662.5780 – has been restored, after three weeks of daily contacts with the phone company and a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. We hope to have voice mail restored this weekend.

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

1 Aug

Update: We are sold out, but have a new shipment on the way. Copies will be available Tuesday afternoon.

At the stroke of midnight, our sealed case of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be levitated from our window, and the seals preserving its contents from view will burst.

We will open the doors at 11:30, Saturday night; begin distributing books at the stroke of midnight; and remain open until the throngs have dispersed.

Our phone remains disabled, we can temporarily be reached at 215.386.1750

Phone number out

22 Jul

Bindlestiff Books is open as usual. Unfortunately, our telephone number has been temporarily disconnected as a result of a dispute between our former and current service providers. We hope to have our phone number (215.662.5780) restored Tuesday. In the meantime, you should not leave voice mail on, or call, that number because we do not have access to it and will not be able to retrieve messages once service is restored.

Through Tuesday, the store can be called at 215.386.1750

We will be open Noon – 7 daily, except on Sunday, when we are open Noon – 5 pm

Bestselling Titles at Bindlestiff

14 Jul

Our best-selling titles for the last month, in descending order of sales:

Betty Medsger, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI 

Te-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness

Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah (novel)

Christopher Emdin, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Shaun Tan, The Arrival (graphic novel)

Adreienne Maree Brown & Walidah Imarisha, editors, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Nicolas Lampert, A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (a novel)

Il Sung Na, A Book of Sleep (board book)

Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours (stories)

Peggy Orenstein, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Marguerite Abouet, Aya: Life in Yop City (graphic novel)

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage

Mark Danielewski, House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition

Randall Munroe, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name (novel)