Black Women’s Arts Festival

13 Sep

Bindlestiff will be tabling at the 12th annual Black Women’s Arts Festival this weekend (Sept. 15 & 16, The Rotunda, doors open at 1 pm). We’ll have a selection of books on the arts, culture and related areas. There’s a full schedule of performers, including dramatic performances, singers, dancers and more. Admission is free, though donations to support the festival are gratefully accepted.

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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.

Bindlestiff Best-Sellers

29 Jul

These are our best-selling books for the last month:

Steven Ujifusa, Barons of the Sea and Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship

Paula Scher, The Brownstone (picture book)

Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death

David Sedaris, Calypso

Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone

Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem

Kobi Yamada, What Do You Do With a Chance? (picture book)

Kyodo Williams & Jasmine Syedullah, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation

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

Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed

Doreen Cronin, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (picture book)

Mem Fox, Where Is the Green Sheep? (board book)

Tommy Orange, There There: A novel

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.

 

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