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November hours

30 Oct

Bindlestill will close Halloween (Oct. 31) at 3:30 for the holiday.

Beginning in November, we will be open Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. We will be open Wednesday through Saturday Noon to 7 p.m., and Sunday Noon to 5. A new group of volunteers is still settling in. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday opening, Saturday and Sunday all have solid staffing and we will be open those days barring emergencies. We have pretty good coverage for Thursday closings and Friday openings, and expect to stay open most Fridays until our scheduled closing time.

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, and likely Black Friday as well.

We plan on further expanding hours in December.


Baklava Benefit Sale for A Book A Day

16 Oct

A Book a Day will hold a baklava sale to raise money to buy art books for local public schools. A Book a Day program, a Penn Librariesfunded initiative, donates newly published children’s books to the Henry C. Lea School and the Penn Alexander School. Every month, eight new hardcover books are delivered to the school library, giving kids access to intriguing books on music, art history, poetry, and street art.

To learn more about A Book a Day, please visit:

Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Bindlestiff Books, 4530 Baltimore Ave., West Philly

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Special Orders, Deliveries Delayed

6 Oct

UPDATE: This week’s delivery of books from our distributors arrived Oct. 9, as scheduled. We are still trying to recover 5 boxes of books from last week.

UPDATE 2: We were unable to recover the books, which have now been returned to our distributor. UPS made two more “attempted deliveries” hours before our scheduled opening despite promising our distributor that they would deliver the books during our posted hours (UPS told our distributors we did not have posted hours when we complained, which is consistent with decades of experience dealing with this company). We are going through order by order to reconstruct which books were returned, as the box received includes books from several weeks of orders.

UPS is refusing to make deliveries to Bindlestiff Books at this time, demanding that we make special ransom payments for each package in addition to the freight charges paid by our distributor. We have filed a complaint with our distributor and hope they will be able to intervene with UPS and get them to resume deliveries. But UPS has been increasingly resistant to making deliveries over the past six months, in one case a driver pulled up in front of the store while we were on the phone with UPS discussing a long-overdue shipment which they said was on the truck, remaining there for a few minutes — only to drive off without making the delivery as soon as the phone call ended.

We can not say whether their refusal to  deliver books arises from UPS’s general sloppiness and disorganization, which we have suffered from for decades, or is part of a company effort to transform their delivery model to collect from both shippers and recipients, holding packages hostage unless special payments are made. Unfortunately, most distributors and publishers insist on shipping via UPS, and so our ability to receive new books is seriously impacted. We will continue to ask shippers to intervene with UPS when it refuses to make deliveries, in hopes that the situation can be remedied before we are forced to close.

Baltimore Avenue profiled

13 Sep

The American Airlines magazine has an article on Baltimore Avenue, which stresses its diversity and has interviews with many people from the strip. The author knows enough to recognize that we’re in West Philadelphia (not University City), points to the Paul Robeson house, and notes our “neighborhood bookstore vibe … offering a smartly curated selection of fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, graphic novels, kids’ titles and more.”

Dollar Books

13 Sep

Bindlestiff Books will offer a wide selection of new books for $1 as part of the September Dollar Stroll, Thursday Sept. 13. The store will be open until 8 pm.

Our Bestsellers

12 Jun

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

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

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation: A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy)

Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Junot Diaz, Islandborn (picture book)

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Roxanne Gay, An Untamed State

Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Neil Gaiman, American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Ursula LeGuin, Short Stories and Novellas Box Set: The Found and the Lost; The Unreal and the Real

John Oliver, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (picture book)

Besser van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Monica Brown, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos (picture book)




Dollar Stroll Thursday 6/7

4 Jun

Bindlestiff Books will once again offer a diverse selection of new books for $1 in front of the bookstore for the Baltimore Avenue dollar stroll Thursday, which begins at 5:30, and keep the store open that evening until 8 pm