Archive | July, 2015

Control, Alter, Delete: Thursday August 6, 7 pm

25 Jul

WhitemanStella Whiteman will read from her novel, Control, Alter, Delete, Thursday, August 6, at Bindlestiff Books. Whiteman was born in London and studied philosophy at King’s College. She now lives in Philadelphia. This is her first published novel.

Front_CoverLondon, 2059. Ezra Hurst’s quiet drink after work soon spices up when Lena arrives in the bar. She could have sat anywhere, but slips onto a stool right by his side. Her looks are intriguing; ten years in biometrics, but he’s never seen eyes so bright and green. Who is this woman? And why does she suddenly disappear? Not just from the bar but from all intelligence data too. Aside from his personal disappointment, he’s angling for promotion, and the last thing he needs are suspicious gaps in his security records. To make matters worse, he’s under pressure from a young anti-surveillance campaigner whose brother has been missing for several weeks. When she accuses Ezra’s department of doctoring his records, Ezra has to respond immediately; his company’s plan to roll out nationwide thought-tracking is controversial enough without angry activists making false accusations. Ezra’s investigations lead to a series of horrific discoveries and finding Lena takes on chilling urgency.

Joe Hill Roadshow

18 Jul

neJoeHill.Roadshow.philadelphiaBindlestiff Books is selling advance tickets for the Philadelphia stop of the JoeHill Roadshow, a national tour commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill.

The concert is Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m., and features Magpie, Charlie King, George Mann and special guest John Braxton. University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St.

Sponsored by Crossroads Music with the American Swedish Historical Museum and the IWW Hungarian Literature Fund.

Bindlestiff Literary Salon (cancelled)

11 Jul

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We hope to announce a July date soon.

The second in our new series of monthly literary events featuring new, independent voices will be Wednesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. Featured Guest is performance poet Maryan Captan. Free.

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

11 Jul

Looking for something to read over the summer? These are our best-selling titles over the last month (in descending order of sales):

Asali Solomon, Disgruntled A coming of age novel set in West Philadelphia

Betty Medsger, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI Activists burgle the Media PA FBI Office and expose the agency’s efforts to spy on and disrupt protest movements

Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown (editors), Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Innosanto Nagara, A is for Activist (board book) We also have it in a bilingual Spanish-English edition

Daniel Brown, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day board book

Helen MacDonald, H is for Hawk A memoir

Roberto Bolano, 2666: A Novel

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

Roberto Bolano, The Savage Detectives

Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Pirate Princess (picture book)

Neil Gaiman, American Gods