West Philly Sinkhole stickers

22 Jun

We got our fourth batch of West Philly Sinkhole buttons in Saturday, featuring the iconic image of the sinkhole swallowing a trolley car. The designer informs us that this is the last batch, .

We also have vinyl sinkhole stickers, which arrived in time for the Water Department’s presentation on the history of Mill Creek (which meanders underground through West Philly; the sinkholes result from its struggles against the concrete that imprisons it) at USP.

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Bindlestiff Bestsellers

22 Jun

These are our top-selling titles for the last month:

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

Jaron Lanier, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Aaron Becker, You Are Light (picture book)

Maggie Nelson, Shiner (poetry)

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

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Roxanne Gay, Bad Feminist: Essays

Oliver Narelle, Tide Pool Secrets (picture book)

Joe Hayes, Watch Out for Clever Women / Cuidado con las mujeres astutas (chapter book)

Zetta Elliott, Melena’s Jubilee (picture book)

Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America : Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

G Willow Wilson,The Bird King (novel)

Barnes&Noble sold

9 Jun

The New York Times reports that an investment firm best known for buying up Argentine bonds after the country had defaulted and then pursuing the country in courts around the world until a new administration agreed to pay – Elliott Advisors made some $2 billion on the deal – has bought the U.S.’s largest book chain, Barnes & Noble.

Elliott will place B&N under the management of the CEO of British bookstore chain Waterstones, which it bought in June 2018. (Waterstones operate more than 280 stores; its annual total and per-store sales are dwarfed by B&N’s.)

Although it operates hundreds fewer stores than it did at its peak, B&N remains the country’s largest book chain, with 627 stores. #2 Books-A-Million operates some 260 stores, primarily in the South. #3 Half-Price Books (a Midwestern and Southern chain specializing in discounted titles) operates about 125 stores. B&N sales have been falling in recent years (and it lost many hundreds of millions on its online operation and its efforts to move into ebooks); Amazon.com now has higher book revenues.

Elliott is controlled by Paul Singer, a financier and major Republican donor who donated $1 million to the Trump inauguration.

Open late Thursday for Dollar Stroll

4 Jun

This Thursday, June 6, is the first Dollar Stroll of 2019, from 5:30 pm to 8ish, up and down Baltimore Avenue. We will have several new books for $1, a dollar clearance sale on our 2019 calendars, and a bit of contortion. The bookstore will be open until 8 p.m.

Walt Whitman Bicentennial

28 May

This week marks the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth, and celebrations are planned for both sides of the Delaware River. This is part of a year of celebrations including art exhibits, poetry readings, musical performances, ambles through old Whitman haunts, Whitman impersonators, a Walt Whitman mustache look-alike contest and much more: https://www.whitmanat200.org/events-by-month

At Bindlestiff, our window features several editions of Whitman’s poetry, children’s books introducing Whitman to younger readers, and biographies and other explorations of his continuing influence.

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

24 May

These are our top-selling titles for the last month:

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

Frank Asch, Water (picture book)

Marissa McClellan, The Food in Jars Kitchen: 140 Ways to Cook, Bake, Plate, and Share Your Homemade Pantry

Jaron Lanier, Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Antoinette Portis, Now (picture book)

Emily Rand, The Lost Property Office (picture book)

adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Toni Morrison, The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America : Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

Zetta Elliott, Melena’s Jubilee (picture book)

Carrie Gibson, El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America

Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Zetta Elliott, Bird (picture book)

Wednesday hours back

15 May

We continue to struggle a bit with our weekday hours, but now have volunteers reliably covering Wednesdays from Noon – 7 pm. We strive to be open Thursdays and Fridays as well, though it might make sense to call (225.662.5780) before making a special trip.

Saturdays we are open Noon – 7; Sundays Noon – 5.