Bindlestiff Closed through March 27

15 Mar

The city of Philadelphia ordered all “non-essential” retail businesses to close March 16-27. Inexplicably, bookstores are not included on the list of “non-essential” businesses (although “box stores” and appliance and camera stores are), and so we are obliged to close. We do have shipments of books due which include books customers have placed special orders for; we will endeavor to contact all affected customers to see if we can make arrangements to get you your books. Authorities permitting, we will reopen at Noon on Saturday, March 28.

Special Order Customers who have not yet been able to retrieve their books can email us at to make arrangements to have your books dropped off.

A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal – Online

8 Mar

UPDATE: This event has been moved online in light of covid19, and will begin at 6:30. Click for details. Bindlestiff has 40 copies of the book available for those who were planning to obtain copies at the talk (or for those who weren’t, of course).

What could a Green New Deal look like across the country and right here in Philly? How can we tackle the climate emergency by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy at an urgent pace while building economic and racial justice? What will it take to bring a Green New Deal into being?

Kate Aronoff and Daniel Aldana Cohen will discuss their new book, A Planet to Win, Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street. Admission is free, Bindlestiff Books will have the book available for purchase.

co-hosted by 215 People’s Alliance, 350 Philadelphia, Lilac, Movement Alliance Project, Pennsylvania Working Families, Philly DSA, Philly Thrive, POWER, Reclaim Philadelphia, and Sunrise Movement Philadelphia

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

7 Mar

These are our bestselling titles for the last month:

Maya Christina Gonzalez, I Know the River Loves Me / Yo se que el rio me ama

Tommy Orange, There There

Melissa Stewart, Under the Snow (picture book)

Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Roxane Marie Galliez, Time for Bed, Miyuki (picture book)

Ck Smouha, Sock Story (picture book)

Robin Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes a Breath (YA/Chapter)

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Samuel Stein, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State

Susie Ghahremani, Stack the Cats (picture book)

Liz Scanlon, All the World (board book)

Bell Hooks, Homemade Love (board book)

Emily Gravett, Again! (picture book)

James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain

Bindlestiff Best-Sellers

1 Feb

The following are our best-selling titles for the last month:

Robin Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Tommy Orange, There, There

Audre Lorde, Collected Poems of Audre Lorde

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

Adrienne Rich, Poetry and Commitment

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer

Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House: A Memoir

adrienne maree brown, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good

Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha)

Lawrence Millman, Fungipedia: A Brief Compendium of Mushroom Lore

Gaia Cornwall, Jabari Jumps (picture book)

Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her

Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Kelly Starling Lyons, Going Down Home with Daddy (picture book)

Ashley Bryan, Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace


One Book Philadelphia: There There

31 Dec

Tommy Orange’s There There is the 2020 One Book One Philadelphia selection, with a wide selection of events at branches of the Free Library. Tommy Orange will visit the Parkway Central Library January 22, to kick off eight weeks of One Book  programming! Between this kickoff event and the finale on March 18, more than 100 events including book discussions, mixed-media art and music workshops, film screenings, poetry readings, community panels, and creative writing workshops all based on the themes of There There.

Youth companion books are the YA book If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth and the children’s book When We Were Alone by David Robertson and illustrated by Julie Flett.

The Kingsessing Branch library will host a discussion Jan. 25 at 2 pm; a limited number of free copies of There There are available to participants.

Holiday Hours

15 Dec

We will be open the following hours for the holiday season:

Saturday, Dec. 28: Noon – 7 pm

Sunday, Dec. 29: Noon – 5 pm

Closed Dec. 30 – Jan. 1

Thursday, Jan. 2: Noon – 4 pm

Saturday, Jan. 4: Noon – 7 pm

Sunday, Jan. 5: Noon – 5 pm


Books on the Climate Crisis

1 Dec

Edward Barbier, A Global Green New Deal. An economist argues that we can reduce carbon dependency and protect ecosystems while creating a sustainable economy.

Mike Berners-Lee, There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years. A sweeping overview, set up in a Question & Answer format.

Jeremy Brecher, Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual. A short guide to building a movement.

Jeff Goodell, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. Argues it is too late to avert rising oceans, but that we may be able to mitigate the consequences.

Naomi Klein, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. Essays examine the scope of the crisis, critique schemes to geoengineer our way out of the crisis, and calls for organization and determined political action to build a greener world.

Elizabeth Rush, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore.  Reportage from the front lines of rising sea levels across America, presenting the voices of those facing displacement.

David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth. A sweeping overview of the catastrophic future that awaits if we do not act.


Paolo Bacigalupi’s young adult trilogy – Ship Breaker, The Drowned Cities and Tool of War – is set in a future ravaged by climate change. Much of the Gulf Coast is submerged, millions eke out meager livings fighting over and scavenging the remains.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 is set in a submerged New York City that is still alive, and fighting the greed that brought on the catastrophe and to carve out a new future.