Author Events at the Philadelphia Free Library


Here are some other Philadelphia (mostly West Philly) bookstores we like:

Big Blue Marble Books (Mt. Airy’s neighborhood bookstore)

Book Haven (probably the city’s best used bookstore)

Hakim’s Bookstore (Philadelphia’s oldest African-American bookstore, located at 210 S. 52nd in West Philadelphia)

House of Our Own (new and used scholarly books)

Julia de Burgos Books and Crafts Shop (the city’s best selection of Spanish-language titles, at Taller Puertoriqueno)

Last Word (West Philly used books)

Penn Book Center (independent scholarly, local & general bookstore)

Wooden Shoe Books (Philadelphia’s radical bookstore)

You can find a national directory of independent bookstores at, which is maintained by the American Booksellers Association.

West Philly News:

Defenestrator (West Philly-based alternative paper)

University City Review (weekly community newspaper)

West Philly Local (blog on events and news)

Other Great Book Projects:

Books Through Bars (They always need help getting books into prisons)

A Book A Day (This project places two books a week in the school libraries at the Henry Lea and Penn Alexander public schools in West Philadelphia)

Philly Literary Magazines at Bindlestiff:

Apiary Magazine (a semi-annual Philly magazine “written by humans”; free)

Philadelphia Stories (free quarterly journal of fiction, art and poetry)

Phobos (Philly’s weird fiction magazine; first three issues available)

The Notebook (news and analysis of Philadelphia’s beleaguered public school system; free)

Philadelphia literary blogs:

A Book A Day (This project places two children’s books in the school libraries at the Henry Lea and Penn Alexander public schools in West Philadelphia each week. The site features the covers.)

Books, Inq. (A blog on contemporary literature from a former Inquirer book reviewer)

Jacob Russell’s Magic Names (Reflections on culture, current events and literature – the “material imagination”)

Kate Likes Books “I read books. Then I write about them.” (mostly literary fiction and young adult)

Local Lit (Events & Links to local literary resources)

Selected Literary Blogs:

BoingBoing Cory Doctorow blogs on books and other subjects


There’s a Bindlestiff FaceBook page at


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