Bindlestiff Books is accepting donations of children’s books for All Hallow’s Read: a spooky book swap that will be held at Woodlands Cemetery (40th & Woodland) Sunday, Oct. 25, from Noon to 4.
Vincent Czyz, author of Adrift in a Vanishing City (Rain Mountain Press, 2015), will read from the book (many reviewers call it a novel, he thinks of it as a fiction collection) at Bindlestiff Books Sunday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. Its preface is by internationally renowned science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany, who taught at Temple University for many years before recently retiring.
“I could speak at length about how much I admire Czyz’s considerable talent, his fictive range, his willingness to plunge naked into the gutter, leap after stellar contrails, his grasp of how ravenously one body grasps another, or of how his impossible apostrophes out of the night are the necessary utterances that make life possible, confronted with the silence of the day, with the deafness of those who never hear.” — Samuel R. Delany, preface to Adrift in a Vanishing City
Bindlestiff Books will be closed Friday, Sept. 25, for a major building repair. We will be open regular hours (Noon to 7) on Saturday, and Noon to 5 on Sunday. We may open as late as 3:30 Thursday, our normal staffer was called out of town for work that day.
These are our best-selling titles for the last month (in descending order of sales):
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Stella Whiteman, Control Alter Delete: A Novel
adrienne maree brown & Walidah Imarisha, editors, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements
Betty Medsger, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI
Breasts in Art (children’s board book – this is no longer in print, and we are down to our last few copies)
Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
Dr. Seuss, What Pet Should I Get?
Daniel Brown, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior: A Novel
Carson Ellis, Home (children’s picture book)
Cory Silverberg, What Makes a Baby (children’s picture book)
David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet: A Novel
Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking
Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (graphic novel)
Karen Russell, Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories
(It’s a longer list than usual as we had a several-book tie for the last slot)
In conjunction with the Dollar Stroll Thursday, Sept. 17, Phobos (Philadelphia’s weird fiction magazine — about to celebrate the release of its third issue) will present a reading by several local authors. Some spooky stuff, but the reading is open to anyone who wants to read a short piece, regardless of genre. There will be refreshments. The reading will start until 5:30, and run through the Dollar Stroll.
(Of course we’ll also have a selection of dollar books and other items out front, and will keep the store open late for your browsing convenience…)