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Book event Sept. 8, 6:15 – Is Politics for Everyone?

1 Sep

Story Explorers Book Fest March 12

20 Feb

The Atheneum (219 S Sixth Street) is hosting a book festival for young readers Saturday, March 12, from 10 am – 3 pm. Several children’s book authors and illustrators will be presenting, and Bindlestiff Books are others will be selling books. Preregistration is required for the workshops, admission is free.

Viet Thanh Nguyen – The Committed (March 16)

20 Feb

The Wolf Humanities Center will host Viet Thanh Nguyen reading from his latest novel, The Committed, before joining University of Pennsylvania scholars Josephine Park and Dagmawi Woubshet for a discussion. The event is Wednesday, March 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Harrison Auditorium at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. Bindlestiff Books will be there before and after the event, selling copies of the new paperback release of The Committed along with Nguyen’s other novels.

Mikel Jollett – Hollywood Park (sold out)

15 Feb
Hollywood Park cover

We have reached maximum capacity for this event and have a wait list, so we are not accepting new registrations.

Join New York Times bestselling author and Airborne Toxic Event frontman Mikel Jollett for an in-person event Friday, April 8, to discuss his remarkable memoir, Hollywood Park. Each ticket includes admission to the event and a signed paperback edition.

Hollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

“Hollywood Park succeeds most in compassionately depicting the suffering and struggle of others with addiction: those left to obscurity; those barely holding on. Jollett’s life story shows that you can pass through the gauntlet of pain and trauma to self-reliance and sustainable meaning.

— National Public Radio 

Friday, April 8, 2022, 5:30 p.m., Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South Street

(doors open at 5 pm)

Attendance is limited to the first 100 to sign up. To reserve your ticket (free with book purchase) for a short presentation and Q&A session, followed by individual book signing:

Please pre-pay for your copy ($17.99 paperback) via Venmo to @Bindlestiff4530. (Copies of the book are still available at Bindlestiff)

This event is presently fully subscribed…

All Hallow’s Read

16 Oct

An annual spooky book celebration held as part of Woodlands Cemetery’s Halloween Fun Day.

Sunday, Oct. 24, Noon – 3 pm, The Woodlands (40th & Woodland Ave.)

Peruse a collection of new and used “spooky” books and take one home to enjoy! (If you have some books you’d like to donate for the event, bring them along.) Books about pumpkins, autumn, monsters, goblins and ghosts, fall, etc… An all ages event.

Sponsors: The Woodlands Cemetery & Historic Landscape, Bindlestiff Books, Free Library of Philadelphia, and A Book A Day. For more information or to arrange to donate books:

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.

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  • 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.

Deadline Extended: My Indoor Adventures Children’s Story Contest

21 Apr

The A Book A Day program, in partnership with Bindlestiff Books, is inviting young writers and illustrators (K-5) in West Philadelphia to submit their illustrated short story,  comic, or  picture book:

* This contest is open to multilingual submissions.
* Our program values visual literacy, and we welcome comics and wordless books.
1st place: $125 gift card to Bindlestiff + 3 new books
2nd place: $75 gift card to Bindlestiff + 3 new books
3rd place: $50 gift card to Bindlestiff + 3 new books

Extended Deadline for final submissions: July 1, 2020.
Winners will be announced on July 14, 2020

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

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.

Picture Books Exhibition

13 Oct

From October 5, 2019 through January 5, 2020, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will present Cinderella & Co.: Three Fairy Tales Reimagined, an examination of illustrations for three well-known and beloved fairy tales—Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Little Pigs. The exhibit juxtaposes the classical tradition with more modern, multicultural and experimental approaches.