Holiday Hours

3 Dec

We are closed Dec. 25.

Saturday, Dec. 26: We will be open Noon – 7

Sunday, Dec. 27: Noon – 5

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday, Dec. 30: Noon – 7

Thursday, Dec. 31: Noon – 3:30 (and possibly later)

Friday, Jan. 1: Closed

Bindlestiff Books featured in new book promo film

9 Jan

Bindlestiff Books plays a starring role in a short film promoting the debut novel by Philadelphian Elizabeth Green, Confessions of a Curious Bookseller. The book is set in a used bookstore in the “heart of West Philadelphia,” steps from Clark Park. In the film our store plays the part of the used bookstore (though of course we have never sold used books), and the author plays the part of the proprietor of said store. The novel itself is epistolary, told through email messages, journal entries and tweets that chronicle her battles to keep the store open and reboot her life. We have the book in stock, you can find the film here.

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

26 Dec

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

Barack Obama, A Promised Land

Andrea D’Aquino, A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa (picture book)

adrienne maree brown, We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice 

Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom: A novel

Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Ernest Cline, Ready Player Two

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

Ottessa Moshfegh, Death in Her Hands: A Novel

N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became

Elena Ferrante, The Lying Life of Adults

Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Innosanta Nagara, A is for Activist (board book)

Roman Mars, The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

Jessica Love, Julián at the Wedding

Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age

Madeleine Miller, Circe

Carmen Machado, In the Dream House: A Memoir

bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Brit Bennett, The Mothers: A Novel

Dan Pilkey, Cat Kid Comic Club

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

22 Nov

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

Andrea D’Aquino, A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa (picture book)

Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

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

Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom: A novel

bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Leo Lionni, Little Blue and Little Yellow (board book)

Susan Clarke, Piranesi

Elena Ferrante, The Lying Life of Adults

Leo Lionni, Pezzettino

Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

adrienne maree brown, We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice 

Mark Stamaty, Who Needs Donuts? (picture book)

Barack Obama, A Promised Land

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

NK Jemisin, The City We Became

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

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age

Kacen Callender, Felix Ever After

Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law

Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

Ursula LeGuin, Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

Jessica Love, Julián at the Wedding

Bell Hooks, The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents

Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police: A Novel

Sepideh Sarihi, My Favorite Memories (picture book)

Jorge Luis Borges, Everything and Nothing

Innosanta Nagara, A is for Activist (board book)

Frank Herbert, Dune

Zadie Smith, Intimations: Six Essays

Mathieu Pierloot, Look, It’s Raining (picture book)

Greta Thunberg, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference

Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Upcoming event celebrates Philly authors; notable books of 2020

22 Nov

Words of Revolution; Words of Solace Join Blue Stoop, a home for Philly writers, on Saturday, December 5 at 7pm for a very exciting event! Purchase your tax-deductible sliding scale ticket here.

Words of Revolution; Words of Solace, is a fully captioned innovative video program produced by award-winning Philadelphia cinematographer Aly Spengler and featuring readings from ten of the most exciting voices writing in and around Philadelphia today: Brittney Cooper, Myriam Gurba, Anne Ishii, Airea Matthews, Trapeta Mayson, Kiley Reid, Nikil Saval, Eric Smith, Amber Sparks, and Elissa Washuta. Featured writers will perform words written by their heroes relevant to the ideas of revolution and of solace. Sit back and settle in!

The National Book Foundation has announced its 2020 awards in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated literature and young people’s literature: https://www.nationalbook.org/awards-prizes/national-book-awards-2020/

The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2020 can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/books/notable-books.html

2021 Calendars

13 Oct

We presently have in Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nikki McClure calendars, along with Slingshot and We’Moon organizers. The Solidarity Forever labor history calendar will be here by the end of October

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

13 Oct

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

Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom: A novel

bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Susan Clarke, Piranesi

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

Dan Saks, Families Belong (board book)

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Leo Lionni, A Color of His Own (board book)

NK Jemisin, The City We Became

Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

Leo Lionni, Pezzettino

Elena Ferrante, The Lying Life of Adults

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

Matthew Burgess, Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring

Leo Lionni, Little Blue and Little Yellow (board book)

Matthew Cherry, Hair Love

K-5 “Find Philly’s Superheroes” contest

24 Sep

Although Fall 2020 started off differently than past years, one thing hasn’t changed, and that’s the heroes in our homes, community, and neighborhood. The A Book A Day program (which places books in two West Philly schools) wants to hear about the powers that your heroes possess. Ask them what they’re best at and tell us what you learned. You can submit a written and illustrated entry. We also welcome oral storytelling (your audio recording should be up to 3-minutes long). Please visit their website to learn more about the contest and how to submit your work. Application deadline is October 30th, 2020.

Email us at abookadayprogram@gmail.com  

 

  • Wordless books will be accepted. There are no limitations on page numbers. Stories can be written in different languages (please prove a translation for our committee.)
  • We accept stories written in different languages, as long as translations can be provided.
  • Subject line should read: Find Philly’s Superheroes! _[name of student]
  • In the email, please include: Student’s name, student’s grade (K-5), title of the story & best way to contact you.
    (*All personal information will be protected. To ensure fairness, judges will not have access to personal information except for the grade of the applicant.)
  • Attach images of the storybook. Upload each page as clearly as possible.
  • Recorded stories should be up to 3 minutes long. Please send MP3 files.

Contest winners will receive gift certificates to Bindlestiff Books.

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

19 Sep

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

Ibram Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

Zadie Smith, Intimations: Six Essays

Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

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

Bettina Love, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Ibram Kendi, Antiracist Baby

Zetta Elliott, A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart (picture book)

NK Jemisin, The City We Became

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Richard Powers, The Overstory: A Novel

Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Mary Trump, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man

Making Worlds reopens

19 Sep

West Philly’s newest bookstore/community space, Making Worlds, is reopening Thursday, Sept. 24. They are at 210 S 45th Street, and are reopening on a limited basis from 3 to 7 pm, Thursday through Sunday.