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Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll Sept. 7

20 Aug

pwse.dollarstrollThe second dollar stroll of the year will be Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5:30 pm to 8. We will be tabling with a selection of new adult and children’s books reduced for the evening to $1, and the store will be open late as well.

At 7:30, the Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble will sing in our back yard – a secret garden hidden in the middle of the block…


Giant Book Sale

6 Nov

Bindlestiff Books will hold a two-day sidewalk sale Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13. We’ll start at 11 a.m., and look to shut down at 2 in the afternoon (though we won’t chase folks away if we’re thronged – the store will be open until 7 p.m.).

We need to clear space for new books (and allow some overcrowded sections to breathe a bit), and so are clearing out surplus inventory. There will be deep, deep discounts on hundreds of titles from most sections. Children’s books, fiction, history, politics and much more, for as little as $2. If you buy too much we can provide boxes to haul your books away.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

4 Nov

As you know by now, if you’re at all inclined to care, the first in a series of movies based on this short book is being released Nov. 18. We have the book as part of a slipcased set of books referenced in the Harry Potter series.

The screenplay for the first movie, and also a scrapbook based on the film (including maps, posters and other removable items), will be released that day. We will have copies available in the store at noon.

2 labor history book events

11 Oct

Bindlestiff Books is co-sponsoring two events this week with Wooden Shoe books:

Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 pm we are co-sponsoring a presentation by Eric Chester, author of The Wobblies in Their Heydayat Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St. This book examines the Industrial Workers of the World on the eve of World War I, arguing that its increasingly successful organizing in basic industry led to the massive offensive by the federal government (and by the states) that led to the imprisonment of more than 1,000 Wobblies, and forced the union to divert much of its energy and resources from organizing to legal defense.

Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 pm, we cosponsor a joint book talk by Anatole Dolgoff, author of Left of the Left: My Memories of Sam Dolgoff (AK Press, 2016), and Andrew Cornell, author of Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the 20th Century (University of California Press, 2016). at Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St.

Sam Dolgoff, a house painter by trade, was an IWW organizer and radical activist from the 1920s until his death in 1990. He rode the rails as an itinerant laborer, bedding down in hobo camps and mounting soapboxes in cities across the United States. Self-educated, he translated, edited and wrote some of the most important books and journals of twentieth-century anti-authoritarian politics, including the most widely read collection of Mikhail Bakunin’s writings in English. His son, Anatole, recalls his father’s life and the working-class culture of which he was a part.

Capital, Labor & Urban Transportation: A book talk for today’s working class

23 Sep

wolfinger-talkIn his new book, Running the Rails, labor historian James Wolfinger examines how Philadelphia’s for-profit public transport system management used raw violence, race baiting and smear campaigns to control mass transit workers, and how workers organized over several decades to win decent wages and working conditions.

Sunday, October 9, 1:30 p.m. Transit Workers Local 234 Hall, 500 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia. (near the 2nd Street and Spring Garden SEPTA stations) Co-sponsored by Bindlestiff Books and Transit Workers Union Local 234. Free admission, copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

1 Aug

Update: We are sold out, but have a new shipment on the way. Copies will be available Tuesday afternoon.

At the stroke of midnight, our sealed case of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be levitated from our window, and the seals preserving its contents from view will burst.

We will open the doors at 11:30, Saturday night; begin distributing books at the stroke of midnight; and remain open until the throngs have dispersed.

Our phone remains disabled, we can temporarily be reached at 215.386.1750

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

15 Jun

A play based on a short story by JK Rowling in which Harry Potter is married and working at the Ministry of Magic debuts in London July 30. Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child go on sale in U.S. bookstores Sunday, July 31.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

It’s a 320-page hardcover, selling for $29.99. Bindlestiff Books will open Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. for Harry Potter enthusiasts — copies will be available starting at midnight. Reserve your copy, and we’ll set one aside. We have a case on order, and will sell them while supplies last (though we will close the store by 12:30 a.m., reopening Sunday at noon).