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Bindlestiff Books featured in new book promo film

9 Jan

Bindlestiff Books plays a starring role in a short film promoting the debut novel by Philadelphian Elizabeth Green, Confessions of a Curious Bookseller. The book is set in a used bookstore in the “heart of West Philadelphia,” steps from Clark Park. In the film our store plays the part of the used bookstore (though of course we have never sold used books), and the author plays the part of the proprietor of said store. The novel itself is epistolary, told through email messages, journal entries and tweets that chronicle her battles to keep the store open and reboot her life. We have the book in stock, you can find the film here.

Holiday Hours

3 Dec

We are closed Dec. 25.

Saturday, Dec. 26: We will be open Noon – 7

Sunday, Dec. 27: Noon – 5

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday, Dec. 30: Noon – 7

Thursday, Dec. 31: Noon – 3:30 (and possibly later)

Friday, Jan. 1: Closed

Upcoming event celebrates Philly authors; notable books of 2020

22 Nov

Words of Revolution; Words of Solace Join Blue Stoop, a home for Philly writers, on Saturday, December 5 at 7pm for a very exciting event! Purchase your tax-deductible sliding scale ticket here.

Words of Revolution; Words of Solace, is a fully captioned innovative video program produced by award-winning Philadelphia cinematographer Aly Spengler and featuring readings from ten of the most exciting voices writing in and around Philadelphia today: Brittney Cooper, Myriam Gurba, Anne Ishii, Airea Matthews, Trapeta Mayson, Kiley Reid, Nikil Saval, Eric Smith, Amber Sparks, and Elissa Washuta. Featured writers will perform words written by their heroes relevant to the ideas of revolution and of solace. Sit back and settle in!

The National Book Foundation has announced its 2020 awards in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated literature and young people’s literature: https://www.nationalbook.org/awards-prizes/national-book-awards-2020/

The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2020 can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/books/notable-books.html

2021 Calendars

13 Oct

We presently have in Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Nikki McClure calendars, along with Slingshot and We’Moon organizers. The Solidarity Forever labor history calendar will be here by the end of October

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

19 Sep

These are our best-selling titles for the last month, in descending order of sales:

Ibram Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

Zadie Smith, Intimations: Six Essays

Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Robin Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Bettina Love, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Ibram Kendi, Antiracist Baby

Zetta Elliott, A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart (picture book)

NK Jemisin, The City We Became

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Richard Powers, The Overstory: A Novel

Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Mary Trump, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man

Making Worlds reopens

19 Sep

West Philly’s newest bookstore/community space, Making Worlds, is reopening Thursday, Sept. 24. They are at 210 S 45th Street, and are reopening on a limited basis from 3 to 7 pm, Thursday through Sunday.

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

15 Aug

These are our best-selling titles for the last month, in descending order of sales:

Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys

Ibram Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Zadie Smith, Intimations: Six Essays

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Kelly Starling Lyons, Going Down Home with Daddy (picture book)

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Ibram Kendi, Antiracist Baby

Richard Powers, The Overstory: A Novel

Robin Diangelo, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Neil Gaiman, ed., Unnatural Creatures: Short Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

Mary Trump, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man

Robert MacFarlane, The Lost Words (picture book)

Zetta Elliott, A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart (picture book)

NK Jemisin, The City We Became

Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Duncan Tonatiuh, Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (picture book)

Janet Hardy, The Ethical Slut, Third Edition: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love

Robin Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Andrea D’Aquino, A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asawa (picture book)

N.K. Jemisin, How Long ’til Black Future Month?: Stories

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

11 Jul

These are our best-selling titles for the last month, in descending order of sales:

Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard, Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice

Marc Martin, A River (picture book)

Kimberly Ridley, The Secret Bay (picture book)

Ibram Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

NK Jemisin, The City We Became

Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half: A Novel

Robin Diangelo, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Angela Davis, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Madeline Miller, Circe

Zora Hurston, Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”

Robin Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Gaia Cornwall, Jabari Jumps (picture book)

Samuel Otter, Philadelphia Stories: America’s Literature of Race and Freedom

Tami Charles, Freedom Soup (picture book)

Octavia Butler, Lilith’s Brood

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Adreienne Maree Brown, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good 

Saidiya Hartman, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals

Closed July 4

2 Jul

Bindlestiff Books will be closed Saturday, July 4. We will be open Sunday, July 5, for curbside orders/pickup only.

My Indoor Adventures children’s writing contest

14 Jun

The deadline for the My Indoor Adventures submissions has been extended to July 1. details at: https://abookaday.edublogs.org/our-community/

Here’s a link to a short video about the project: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15xO-ppRywmL-D1HFgm3Pp-VBvqHdeKlt/view?usp=sharing