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Barons of the Sea

6 Jul

Bindlestiff Books and The Gables will host West Philadelphian Steven Ujifusa as he presents his new book, Barons of the Sea and their race to build the world’s fastest clipper ship, Tuesday, July 24, at the Gables.

Barons of the Sea tells the story of a handful of cutthroat competitors who raced to build the fastest, finest, most profitable clipper ships to carry their cargo from China to American shores. Steven Ujifusa’s previous book, A Man and His Ship, was named one of the top 10 books of 2012 by the Wall Street Journal. His new book is a sweeping history of 19th century American dynasties and the battle for dominance in tea and opium trading.

Elegantly written and meticulously researched, Barons of the Sea is a riveting tale of innovation and ingenuity that draws back the curtain on the making of some of the nation’s greatest fortunes, and the rise and fall of an all-American industry with a sordid underbelly and genteel facade. This is an epic tale of Americana that your history class skipped.

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 pm, The Gables, 4520 Chester Ave., Philadelphia

The event is free; Bindlestiff will make books available for purchase.

 

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March events

5 Mar

Saturday, March 10, Noon – 4 pm, Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st StFriends of the Kingsessing Library and Bindlestiff Books are co-sponsoring e program titled Mumia: His Ongoing Legacy.” Come for an afternoon of food, multimedia exhibits, and discussion on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s latest book, Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? Copies of the book will be available.

Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. Cannery + Lounge at Dock Street Brewery
A prose reading showcasing local authors and hosted by Philadelphia-based writers Matt Jakubowski and Christine Kendall.  Ru Freeman, Emma Copley Eisenberg, and Marc Anthony Richardson will give short readings from their work.

Doors open at 5pm for drinks + snacks; the readings start at 7pm. Come early to secure a seat! Books will be available for sale during the event, provided by Bindlestiff Books.

A book a day

13 Jan

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Bindlestiff supplies the books for a U Penn-library supported initiative that puts two books a week into the libraries at Penn Alexander and Henry Lea schools. Above, we see Penn Alexander students posing with some of their favorites.

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.