Summer Hours

16 May

Bindlestiff Books is an all-volunteer operation, and hours will be somewhat limited through the remainder of the summer.

We will be open every Thursday and Saturday from Noon to 7 p.m., and other days as staffing permits. Our goal is to be open Mondays through Saturdays, Noon – 7, and Sundays Noon – 5. However, a combination of vacations, changing work schedules and medical issues are complicating scheduling.

The week of July 29, we should be open Sunday, July 29, from noon to 5. We will be open Wednesday, August 1, from noon to 5:00 and possibly later. We will be open Thursday, Aug. 2, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, from Noon to 3:30, and Saturday, August 4, from noon to 7 p.m.

There’s a good chance that we will be open additional hours as well. But it might make sense to phone (215.662.5780) before making a special trip.

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Bindlestiff Best-Sellers

29 Jul

These are our best-selling books for the last month:

Steven Ujifusa, Barons of the Sea and Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship

Paula Scher, The Brownstone (picture book)

Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death

David Sedaris, Calypso

Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone

Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem

Kobi Yamada, What Do You Do With a Chance? (picture book)

Kyodo Williams & Jasmine Syedullah, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation

Chimamanda Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed

Doreen Cronin, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (picture book)

Mem Fox, Where Is the Green Sheep? (board book)

Tommy Orange, There There: A novel

Barons of the Sea

6 Jul

Bindlestiff Books and The Gables will host West Philadelphian Steven Ujifusa as he presents his new book, Barons of the Sea and their race to build the world’s fastest clipper ship, Tuesday, July 24, at the Gables.

Barons of the Sea tells the story of a handful of cutthroat competitors who raced to build the fastest, finest, most profitable clipper ships to carry their cargo from China to American shores. Steven Ujifusa’s previous book, A Man and His Ship, was named one of the top 10 books of 2012 by the Wall Street Journal. His new book is a sweeping history of 19th century American dynasties and the battle for dominance in tea and opium trading.

Elegantly written and meticulously researched, Barons of the Sea is a riveting tale of innovation and ingenuity that draws back the curtain on the making of some of the nation’s greatest fortunes, and the rise and fall of an all-American industry with a sordid underbelly and genteel facade. This is an epic tale of Americana that your history class skipped.

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 pm, The Gables, 4520 Chester Ave., Philadelphia

The event is free; Bindlestiff will make books available for purchase.

 

Our Bestsellers

12 Jun

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

Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation: A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy)

Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Junot Diaz, Islandborn (picture book)

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Roxanne Gay, An Untamed State

Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Neil Gaiman, American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Ursula LeGuin, Short Stories and Novellas Box Set: The Found and the Lost; The Unreal and the Real

John Oliver, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (picture book)

Besser van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Monica Brown, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos (picture book)

 

 

 

Dollar Stroll Thursday 6/7

4 Jun

Bindlestiff Books will once again offer a diverse selection of new books for $1 in front of the bookstore for the Baltimore Avenue dollar stroll Thursday, which begins at 5:30, and keep the store open that evening until 8 pm

Philly authors at the Cannery

28 Apr

Authors Asali Solomon — DISGRUNTLED (a novel), and GET DOWN (story collection); James Ijames (playwright); and Elisabeth Jaquette, translator of THE APARTMENT IN BAB EL-LOUK (by Dona Maher) and THE QUEUE (Basma Abdel Aziz) will present their work Wednesday, May 16, at the Cannery at Dock Street (50th & Baltimore) in the second installment of a new literary series. Doors open at 5; the readings begin at 7 pm. Philadelphia-based writers Matt Jakubowski and Christine Kendall are the hosts.

Ages of Oz

28 Apr

Simon & Schuster has released a remix of the Wizard of Oz, with a series of chapter books that creates an epic history  against which the story is retold. The first book in the Ages of Oz trilogy tells the story of how Glinda grows from a 13-year-old student uncertain of her future to the most powerful sorceress in Oz. The creator’s intention was for Oz to mirror our current zeitgeist – a tumultuous political place where wicked rulers control through illusion, fear, terror, distraction, and unlawful imprisonment. We have autographed prints of the artwork from the second book in the series (which goes on sale in mid-May) hanging on the store’s back wall. Let us know if you’d like one at the end of the month. AGES OF OZ: A FIERY FRIENDSHIP and A DARK DESCENT, created by Gabriel Gale and Lisa Fiedler.

March events

5 Mar

Saturday, March 10, Noon – 4 pm, Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st StFriends of the Kingsessing Library and Bindlestiff Books are co-sponsoring e program titled Mumia: His Ongoing Legacy.” Come for an afternoon of food, multimedia exhibits, and discussion on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s latest book, Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? Copies of the book will be available.

Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. Cannery + Lounge at Dock Street Brewery
A prose reading showcasing local authors and hosted by Philadelphia-based writers Matt Jakubowski and Christine Kendall.  Ru Freeman, Emma Copley Eisenberg, and Marc Anthony Richardson will give short readings from their work.

Doors open at 5pm for drinks + snacks; the readings start at 7pm. Come early to secure a seat! Books will be available for sale during the event, provided by Bindlestiff Books.