harriett's bookshop owner jeannine cook, who has launched a gofundme to buy a permanent property for harriett's bookshop in fishtown
City Life

Harriett’s Bookshop Raises $75,000 in Three Days to Buy a Permanent Location in Fishtown

Last Saturday marked Independent Bookstore Day in the United States, so Harriett’s Bookshop owner Jeannine Cook decided it was the perfect time to launch an […]

dolly parton reading to kids as part of her dolly parton imagination library initiative
City Life

Dolly Parton Will Send Free Books to up to 2,000 Philly Kids Each Month

Dolly Parton is having a moment. A rather extended one, in fact. More than 54 years after she released her first album, the music icon […]

City Life

A Philly Guidebook Even Locals Will Want on Their Coffee Tables

Travel is down. Airlines are going broke. Tourism is floundering. If you had to conceive of the worst possible time to release a travel guidebook, […]

uncle bobbie's
City Life

Uncle Bobbie’s Owner Marc Lamont Hill on Anti-Racist Reading Lists and Reopening for Business

Uncle Bobbie’s is one of the best bookstores in the city. We know this because we decreed it so just this year in our annual […]

Be Well Philly

A Philly Therapist Wrote a Children’s Book about COVID-19

For many people, the coronavirus pandemic has dredged up feelings of fear, sadness, and anger. As the crisis continues, parents and guardians might be wondering […]

City Life

The Coolest Addition to Philly’s Indie Bookshop Scene Is Opening in Fishtown

Walking into Harriett’s Bookshop in Fishtown, you’ll notice dark wood floors, vibrant book covers on display, and a warm, slightly spicy aroma. Jeannine A. Cook, […]

free library rare book collection
City Life

This New Tour Lets You Get Up Close and Personal With the Free Library’s Rare Book Collection

At some point in your life, you’ve probably read at least a few Charles Dickens novels — even if only under duress in middle school. […]

mindful practices book
Be Well Philly

This Main Line Psychologist’s Book of Daily Mindful Practices is the Wellness Boost You Need

I believe that everyone has soulmates. Not in the traditional sense, in that one person meets all your needs or that you marry this human […]

rare disease
Be Well Philly

This Penn Professor Almost Died From a Rare Disease Four Times

David Fajgenbaum was tired all the time. At first, this seemed like a symptom of a lifestyle, not an illness. He was in his first year […]

penn book center
City Life

Penn Book Center’s New Owners on Kindles, Coffee, and Why They’re Still Not Sure About the Name

When the Penn Book Center’s owners announced in April that they were planning to shutter the 57-year-old store, professors and students protested, unwilling to pledge fealty to […]

shakespeare & co. mueller report
City Life

Shakespeare & Co. Is Printing and Selling the Redacted Mueller Report

One of my favorite things about Philadelphia’s Shakespeare & Co. is its “espresso book machine.” In just three to six minutes, the independent bookstore on […]

much ado about mean girls
City Life

A Philly Publisher Is Releasing Mean Girls Written in Shakespearean Style

I’ll tell you one thing, people: It is a good time to be a Mean Girls fan in Philly. For one thing, Mean Girls the musical is finally, in the year […]

book recommendations
Be Well Philly

Need Book Recs? Here’s What 11 Philly Health and Fitness Pros Are Currently Reading

While there are so many forms of mental self-care, sitting down with a book is one of the most powerful ways to keep your mind […]

nic esposito
City Life

A Philly Publisher on Why Books Will Never Die

Nic Esposito, the author and founder of The Head & The Hand, an independent book publisher (that also hosts workshops, clubs and events), shares why […]

philadelphia bookstores
Life & Style

6 New Bookstores to Check Out Around Philly

A theory: Amazon didn’t pick Philly because our independent bookstore scene intimidated the hell out of them. Here are six (newish) shops worth scouting. Uncle […]