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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.


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:

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.

Literary Salon Thursday, Jan. 24

18 Jan

Four Philly authors will read at the Dock Street Cannery Thursday, in a varied program including works of fiction and science history. We have three of their books on hand at Bindlestiff.

One Book Philadelphia: Sing, Unburied Sing,

29 Dec

Sing, Unburied, Sing is the 2019 One Book Philadelphia title. Ghost Boys and Last Stop on Market Street are the accompanying titles for younger readers. All are available for check-out at branch libraries or for purchase at Bindlestiff Books.

There will be several events between January 14 and March 13, with author Jesmyn Ward speaking at the main library Jan. 16 and at the Community College of Philadelphia Jan. 17. A schedule of events can be found here.

Audience Poetry at Festival for the People

13 Oct

Bindlestiff Books is one of several local cultural institutions contributing to an audience poetry typewriter installation as part of the Festival for the People. The festival atĀ Cherry Street PierĀ will be open until October 28th.

Festival for the People is taking place this month at the Delaware River waterfront, embracing the collectively dynamic energy of a wide range of local and international art forms, including writing and poetry. Through the duration of the 3-week festival, poets and visitors will activate typewriters stationed across the venue with their own poetry. Bindlestiff and other organizations have contributed writing prompts — there’s a different one at each typewriter….festival for the people


Black Women’s Arts Festival

13 Sep

Bindlestiff will be tabling at the 12th annual Black Women’s Arts Festival this weekend (Sept. 15 & 16, The Rotunda, doors open at 1 pm). We’ll have a selection of books on the arts, culture and related areas. There’s a full schedule of performers, including dramatic performances, singers, dancers and more. Admission is free, though donations to support the festival are gratefully accepted.