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A Novel Idea on Passyunk
1726 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19148

Welcome to A Novel Idea on Passyunk, a community-minded bookstore and event space in East Passyunk, Philadelphia. We are Alexander Schneider and Christina Rosso-Schneider, residents of East Passyunk, book lovers, and parents of two lovable rescue pups. The bookstore is our first business and our first endeavor as newlyweds (we got married in October 2018). We make up the two halves of A Novel Idea--Alexander bringing over a decade of graphic design experience to the shop, and Christina, as an author and writing professor, her experience and dedication to literary events in support of Philadelphia artists. More than anything, our goal is to cultivate community. We hope to build a bookstore that reflects the communitys interests, while also supporting it. One way were doing this is through our Philadelphia Author and Small Press sections. We hope to create and foster a space of diversity and inclusivity and want to help our customers fall in love with books, either for the first time or the millionth.

american grammer
2046 N Front Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

american grammar is a multifaceted space that cultivates creativity, conversation, and community through coffee and tea beverage programs along with books and magazines, limited apparel, floral design, ceramics, paintings by local artists, and community events and programming, including public lectures, poetry readings, and youth mentoring.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia, PA, 19119

We are a locally-owned independent bookstore offering smart, fun, multicultural, progressive books to readers in Mt. Airy and beyond.

Bindlestiff Books
4530 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19143

Bindlestiff Books is a volunteer-run neighborhood bookstore in West Philadelphia, with a carefully selected array of new and discounted (but still new) books. We have childrens books, literary fiction, graphic novels, art, cookbooks, gender studies, history, labor studies, poetry, politics, science fiction, and much more.

8511 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

booked. is an independent bookshop filled to the brim with books and literary delights for all ages!

Garland of Letters Bookstore
527 South Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Our store is a sensory experience. When you walk in you'll be greeted with the fragrance of incense and friendly faces eager to help you on your journey. As an independent new age book store, we offer titles in the field of Yoga, Wellness, Eastern and Western studies, and Spiritualism. Meaning we have non-fiction books covering Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Taoism. Additionally, we offer titles in astrology, crystals, tarot, ayurveda, cooking, and many more. To complement our books, we carry a wide variety of incense, jewelry, tarot, and oracle cards, incense, crystals, and deities.

Harriett's Bookshop
258 E Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19125

Harriett's Bookshop, named for historic heroine, Harriett Tubman, celebrates women authors, women artists, and women activists.

Head House Books
619 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

A leading independent, locally owned bookstore characterized by its fiercely curated spectrum of new books, compelling on and offsite author events, a popular subscription series, fabulous puzzles, games, and greeting cards, and a deep commitment to our communities.

Hilltop Books
84 Bethlehem Pike, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

Hilltop Books is a nonprofit bookstore that benefits the Chestnut Hill Library in Philadelphia. Hilltop sells carefully chosen used books of all types - fiction, poetry, children's (picture & YA), history, arts & culture, natural history, science, current affairs and much more.

Julia de Burgos Bookstore
2600 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA, 19133

The Julia de Burgos Bookstore at Taller Puertorriqueo serves as the only English/Spanish bilingual bookstore in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. In addition to Puerto Rican literature, we specialize in books by Latine and Latin American authors, with an emphasis on BIPOC, queer, and women writers. Our popular Meet the Author events and book readings are designed to facilitate an intergenerational community space that fosters dialogue around Latinx stories and local authors. Beyond books, we sell products from popular small businesses and artisans based in Puerto Rico, as well as locally-made art and merchandise by Puerto Rican/Latinx community members.

Making Worlds Bookstore and Social Center
210 South 45th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

Making Worlds is a new generation bookstore and cultural programming space that brings collective knowledge, skills, and visions into our communities through dialogue, conversations, education, and reflection. We promote learning from each other and the intersecting histories and futures of community organizing and movement building of Indigenous, Black, and Brown people and others resisting oppression worldwide. By distributing literature, other resources, and centering events, we aim to strengthen neighborhood and Philadelphia cohesion for people to care and support each other and make worlds of liberation possible.

8026 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19118

Multiverse celebrates fans of speculative fictioncomics, manga, science fiction, fantasy and horror. We offer a curated selection of novels for all reading levels, comic books, toys, games and other items. We also host free community events at the store.

Neighborhood Books
1906 South St., Philadelphia, PA, 19146
215-545-BOOK (2665)

Neighborhood Books is primarily a used bookstore, offering at any given time roughly 100 new book titles. The used books is a 15,000 volume collection, and is mostly a humanities based assortment: art, photography, philosophy, etc.. We have a high concentration in genral fiction/literature, with all major genres of fiction offered. We also have a large collection of history books, as well as children's books from board/picture books up to young adult. With a lot of medical students in the neighborhood, we do have a thorough selection of science books, including psycholoy/self help, feel free to help yourself. Other than books we sell some ephemera items: loose and framed bookplates from the collection of a local resident, found online as "the bookplate maven". We also salvage nice illustrations from damaged art, photography and architecture books. YooHooSue sells her collage art greeting cards exclusively through our store. Our best-selling sideline item are the author/title inspired sports-themed t-shirts we designed, such as Vonnegut 5, Heller 22 and Orwell 84 to name a few. "Lifer" would accurately descibe Curtis Kise, the owner of Neighborhood Books, who graduated in 1987 with a degree in English, and found his first bookselling job as a clerk at the Book Trader in Philadelphia in 1988, where he stayed through 1994. He spent seven years in Los Angles writing, and optioned two screenplays, but never made an outright sale. In 2002 he opened his first book store, Booktraders, in Portland, Maine, but closed and went home to Philadelphia, and the Book Trader in 2006, where he stayed until 2009. During his second stint at the Book Trader he negoitated the contract to have the film "The Answer Man" shot at the store. He left there to join a non-profit bookstore, the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Book Corner. In 2012 he left Book Corner, and in April of 2013 opened Neigbborhood Books, which has been a success growing in reputation and economically every year.

The Head & The Hand Books
2230 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19125

H&H Books (formerly The Head & The Hand Books) is a community-focused bookstore run by a nonprofit publisher. We opened our storefront in the East Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in May 2019 and provide curated frontlist fiction and nonfiction, a local lit shelf, and childrens/middle grade books. We host readings, workshops, childrens programming, including free story time, and much more! We are steadily incorporating used titles into our collection and are able to fulfill direct-to-home orders through our distributor.

The Literary Cafe - Book and Events
1835 Wynnewood Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19151

The Literary Cafe - Books & Events is a full service retail book business whose goal is to empower our community through reading. Our primarily focus is Black children's books - preschool to young adult. We produce and /or sell books for literary events, pop-up and mobile bookstores. We also have a focus on non-fiction Black adult titles.

Uncle Bobbie's Books and Coffee
5445 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19144
(215) 403-7058

Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books is a Coffee Shop and Bookstore located in the heart of the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Founded by Marc Lamont Hill in 2017, Uncle Bobbie's was created to provide underserved communities with access to books and a space where everyone feels valued. In addition to our specially curated book selection, we also serve high quality coffee, food products and other items like apparel and children's games. We are also a community space, that holds free author talks, and dozens of other events including weekly story time for kids and back to school drives.

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