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Philly authors at the Cannery

28 Apr

Authors Asali Solomon — DISGRUNTLED (a novel), and GET DOWN (story collection); James Ijames (playwright); and Elisabeth Jaquette, translator of THE APARTMENT IN BAB EL-LOUK (by Dona Maher) and THE QUEUE (Basma Abdel Aziz) will present their work Wednesday, May 16, at the Cannery at Dock Street (50th & Baltimore) in the second installment of a new literary series. Doors open at 5; the readings begin at 7 pm. Philadelphia-based writers Matt Jakubowski and Christine Kendall are the hosts.

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Ages of Oz

28 Apr

Simon & Schuster has released a remix of the Wizard of Oz, with a series of chapter books that creates an epic history  against which the story is retold. The first book in the Ages of Oz trilogy tells the story of how Glinda grows from a 13-year-old student uncertain of her future to the most powerful sorceress in Oz. The creator’s intention was for Oz to mirror our current zeitgeist – a tumultuous political place where wicked rulers control through illusion, fear, terror, distraction, and unlawful imprisonment. We have autographed prints of the artwork from the second book in the series (which goes on sale in mid-May) hanging on the store’s back wall. Let us know if you’d like one at the end of the month. AGES OF OZ: A FIERY FRIENDSHIP and A DARK DESCENT, created by Gabriel Gale and Lisa Fiedler.

Ursula LeGuin dies

23 Jan

Ursula K. Le Guin died today (Monday) at 88. The author of the Earthsea novels, The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness and many others, she was and remains among the brightest stars in the sky of fantasy literature. The New York Times obituary notes, in part:

Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. …

Ms. Le Guin embraced the standard themes of her chosen genres: sorcery and dragons, spaceships and planetary conflict. But even when her protagonists are male, they avoid the macho posturing of so many science fiction and fantasy heroes. The conflicts they face are typically rooted in a clash of cultures and resolved more by conciliation and self-sacrifice than by swordplay or space battles.

Bindlestiff carries most of her fiction, two volumes of her poetry, three volumes of essays, several books she wrote for children and young adults, and a translation of a Spanish-language novel (in the magical realism tradition) that she edited. We also have several copies of a slipcased 2-volume edition of her collected novellas and short stories – enough to keep even the swiftest reader engrossed for weeks…

Holiday Hours

19 Nov

This Christmas week, Bindlestiff will open daily through Saturday at Noon, but will close early most days (around 3:30 or 4). We may be open later, feel free to check in at 215.662.5780.

We will be open Saturday, Noon – 7 p.m. We will open New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, from Noon – 4:00 p.m., closing early for our first-ever Bindlestaffers Holiday Party.

We hope to resume regular hours on January 2. However, we are still organizing the schedule given holidays and other disruptions. Weekday hours might be a bit irregular for the next week or two; we will be open our regular schedule on weekends.

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…

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

20 Jun

Here, in descending order, are our best-selling books for the last month:

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Te-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Innosanto Nagara, Counting on Community (board book)

Bryant Terry, Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed

Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology (novel)

Zadie Smith, White Teeth (a novel)

Andrea Beaty, Rosie Revere, Engineer (picture book)

Innosanto Nagara, A is for Activist (board book)

Noam Chomsky, Power Systems: Conversations with David Barsamian on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire

Jon Stone, The Monster at the End of this Book (picture book)

Richard Wright, Black Boy

Dollar Stroll Thursday, June 15

3 Jun

Bindlestiff Books will be open late (until 8:30 pm) Thursday, June 15, for the dollar stroll, and will have several new books and DVDs available on tables in front of the store for a dollar.