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Literary Salon Thursday, Jan. 24

18 Jan

Four Philly authors will read at the Dock Street Cannery Thursday, in a varied program including works of fiction and science history. We have three of their books on hand at Bindlestiff.



All Hallows Read

26 Sep

Bindlestiff Books is accepting donations of children’s books for All Hallow’s Read: a spooky book swap that will be held at Woodlands Cemetery (40th & Woodland) Sunday, Oct. 25, from Noon to 4.

Reading: Adrift in a Vanishing City

25 Sep

adriftVincent Czyz, author of Adrift in a Vanishing City (Rain Mountain Press, 2015), will read from the book (many reviewers call it a novel, he thinks of it as a fiction collection) at Bindlestiff Books Sunday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. Its preface is by internationally renowned science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany, who taught at Temple University for many years before recently retiring.

“I could speak at length about how much I admire Czyz’s considerable talent, his fictive range, his willingness to plunge naked into the gutter, leap after stellar contrails, his grasp of how ravenously one body grasps another, or of how his impossible apostrophes out of the night are the necessary utterances that make life possible, confronted with the silence of the day, with the deafness of those who never hear.”  — Samuel R. Delany, preface to Adrift in a Vanishing City

Adrift in a Vanishing City is a collection of short fiction in which the characters  from one story often cross texts and appear another. Adrift navigates a landscape of obsessive love, dead-end streets marked by the invisible graffiti of the lives lost in them, and distant cities—Budapest, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris. Space and time become so malleable echoes of the obliteration of Sodom and Gomorrah whisper beneath the summer moon as it arcs over the fields in Kansas, bringing the reader to the understanding that everything is a part of the moment on which we stand overlooking our lives—a moment called now.
“Deeply romantic (in the best sense) and darkly evocative, Czyz’s lush style explores regions well beyond simple narrative, probing the constantly shifting, oblique connections between failure, memory and the forever-incomplete nature of human desire. A moody, gorgeous and formally innovative collection, Adrift in a Vanishing City deserves a wide audience among readers who understand that fiction is about more than getting a character from one room to the next.” –Greg Burkman, The Seattle Times
“The writing, more like poetry than prose, calls attention to language, to the fullness of a word, a sentence, with the purpose of expressing inexpressible emotions and experiences. Think of Proust’s Remembrance of things Past or Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury or, more recently, William Vollmann’s Fathers and Crows. […] Vincent Czyz’s Adrift in a Vanishing City is just this sort of work: lyrical and pensive, an odd and often beautiful portrait of longing.” –Capper Nichols, Minnesota Daily
Vincent Czyz is the recipient of the 1994 W. Faulkner-W. Wisdom Prize for Short Fiction. The 2011 Truman Capote Fellow at Rutgers University, he has placed stories in Shenandoah, AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Georgetown Review, Quiddity, Tampa Review, Tin House, Louisiana Literature, and Skidrow Penthouse, among other publications.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Poetry Reading: Bryan Roessel & friends

14 Aug

Wednesday, August 26th at 7 pm our monthly literary salon features Bryan Roessel from New York state, accompanied by locals Allison Hathaway Thayer, Mason Brown DeHoog & Matthew LaVergne.

Bindlestiff Literary Salon (cancelled)

11 Jul

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We hope to announce a July date soon.

The second in our new series of monthly literary events featuring new, independent voices will be Wednesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. Featured Guest is performance poet Maryan Captan. Free.

Dollar Stroll

22 Jun

Thursday, June 25, 5 p.m. – ? We’ll have a selection of new books for a buck and other cool stuff, and the store will be open late.

Oct. 22: David Rovics

13 Oct

david-rovics-poster-273x300Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

Calvary United Methodist Church, 48th and Baltimore Ave.

Tickets $10 in advance at Bindlestiff Books, $12 at the door.

A benefit concert to support regional organizing efforts by the Industrial Workers of the World.

David Rovics sings and writes songs of social significance.

“If the great Phil Ochs were to rise from the dead today, he would probably be hailed as the new David Rovics.”  — Andy Kershaw, BBC

“I’m a big fan.”  — Tom Morello

Opening the show is Philadelphia favorite Cassendre Xavier.

Until the Rulers Obey, Monday 10/20

13 Oct

detail_567_UntilRulersObey9781604867947Bindlestiff Books will sponsor a presentation on Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein’s new collection, Until the Rulers Obey: Voices From Latin American Social Movements (PM Press, 2014), Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 pm at A Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave.

This important new book includes interviews with more than 70 organizers, activists and scholars from 15 countries, Mexico to Argentina. They’ve mobilized on a broad range of issues, fighting against mines and agribusiness and for housing and land; for rights as women, workers, LGBT and indigenous people; for the survival of their communities and our planet. Their organizing runs the gamut of nonviolent social change strategies, from land occupation to electoral participation to creating alternative communities.

“This is the book we’ve been waiting for. Anyone interested in the explosion of social movements in Latin America—and the complex interplay between those forces and the ‘Pink Tide’ governments—should inhale this book immediately.”  — Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein

All Hallow’s Read

1 Oct

Bindlestiff Books is serving as a donation point for books for the All Hallow’s Read book swap. Bring your Halloween-appropriate children’s or young adult book and put it in one of the bins.

All Hallow’s Read will take place Sunday, Oct. 26, from Noon to 4 p.m. at Woodland Cemetery. Scary books, fall books, books about monsters, books about pumpkins, harvest books, any books really are going to be hidden in Woodlands Cemetery on Sunday October 26, 2014.  Then we can go find them! Read them!  Share them!  Enjoy them! Details at http://allhallowsreadphilly.weebly.com

Tales from University City

12 Jan

West Philadelphia author and poet Ross Bender will read “The Gentrification of the Corridor” and other stories from his Tales of University City Village at Bindlestiff Books on Tuesday, January 28, from 7-8 pm. 

“Gentrification” is the tale of how a Proud Penn President, the first Ivy League female prexy, rode into town on the Market Forces and cleaned up University City Village.