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The Head & The Hand

The Head & The Hand Craft book publishing and bookstore in Fishtown/Kensington - www.theheadandthehand.com - [email protected]

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Craft book publishing - www.theheadandthehand.com - 2644 Coral St., Philadelphia, PA 19125 - [email protected]

Operating as usual

Omg. Feeling attacked. The name is event spelled right! 😳
05/13/2022

Omg. Feeling attacked. The name is event spelled right! 😳

The world is a dumpster fire. How about an ultimate beach read?
05/13/2022

The world is a dumpster fire. How about an ultimate beach read?

Oh is that an H&H Sticker I see in the wild?! Unrelated, but what merch should we get for the shop? Shirts? Bags? Mugs? ...
05/11/2022

Oh is that an H&H Sticker I see in the wild?!

Unrelated, but what merch should we get for the shop? Shirts? Bags? Mugs? Let us know!

Some cute non-book items on display today. Cards from @birdandbrushart @usandweart @felicianicoledesign, notepads from @...
05/08/2022

Some cute non-book items on display today. Cards from @birdandbrushart @usandweart @felicianicoledesign, notepads from @_hellodoodle_, coolies and magnets from @exit343, candles from @queercandleco and @thetingoat, and mugs from @zigsfigs. We’re here until 4:45 PM tonight and then we’re hosting a cute Mother’s Day Date Night. 💕

H&H Books: a bachelorette destination.
05/07/2022

H&H Books: a bachelorette destination.

We've opened up some new Date Night spots for May. May 11, 21, 26 & 27 all have availability. Candlelit store all to you...
05/06/2022

We've opened up some new Date Night spots for May. May 11, 21, 26 & 27 all have availability. Candlelit store all to yourself, serving of wine or beer, custom playlist, and complimentary copy of a book we publish. Grab your space! Link to book in our bio.

Idea for a combo gift to warm any mama’s heart: fresh tote and a family-friendly garden growing guide. 😍💐
05/05/2022

Idea for a combo gift to warm any mama’s heart: fresh tote and a family-friendly garden growing guide. 😍💐

Really feeling this one today.We just got in a lot of new titles (some really good ones pubbed on 5/3), so come on by th...
05/04/2022

Really feeling this one today.

We just got in a lot of new titles (some really good ones pubbed on 5/3), so come on by this Saturday during the Fishtown Literacy Fest to hear some readings, grab a signed copy of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ by @ericsmithrocks, a drink from @forincafephl and browse our new goodies.

We’re doing another yoga class at the bookstore in partnership with @monarchyogaphl, but this time we’re donating a port...
05/03/2022

We’re doing another yoga class at the bookstore in partnership with @monarchyogaphl, but this time we’re donating a portion of sales to @abortionfundpa because we’re women in biz and we need to take care of each other.

Join us from 430-530 pm on Monday, May 9th at @theheadandthehand.

After class, stay and shop while enjoying a complimentary sip of choice!

Link in bio to save your space! 🧘🏼📚🧘🏽‍♀️

Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Come say hi to our volunteers today, Elisa and @nicesposito1!  And check out philly’s m...
04/30/2022

Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Come say hi to our volunteers today, Elisa and @nicesposito1!

And check out philly’s many other lovely neighborhood bookshops like @anovelideaphilly @harrietts_bookshop @spiralbookcase @lot.forty.nine @booked_chestnuthill @ulisesbooks @hakimsbookstore @unclebobbies @patatgiovannisroom and many more!

How it started >> how it’s going. 😍😍😍
04/26/2022

How it started >> how it’s going.

😍😍😍

It’s “Friday I’m In Love”! These cuties are pretty excited about life and it’s giving these old bones some energy (jk im...
04/22/2022

It’s “Friday I’m In Love”! These cuties are pretty excited about life and it’s giving these old bones some energy (jk im 33 but my knees do creak sooo). Read their love story below.

“Sid and I met in 2018 on our high school robotics team, and we became good friends upon meeting each other! When COVID-19 hit, I impulsively FaceTimed Sid and we fell in love during the craziness of it all! There were a lot of time periods where we couldn’t see each other due to COVID-19 and other factors, but we made it out okay and two years later we’re still young and in love

We really appreciate a book order that could be used as a weapon. I legit had to take this photo SEVERAL times bc my lit...
04/21/2022

We really appreciate a book order that could be used as a weapon. I legit had to take this photo SEVERAL times bc my little baby arms could barely hold it up.

But in all seriousness, direct orders are an important part of our business. We have a very small curated collection on-site but you can order most books you can get on Amazon with us. Link to order in our bio.

04/18/2022

If I had to guess, she probably saw ALOT of crazy sh*t…

Stories told through found structures like yelp reviews and WikiHow articles that show the messy, strange, humorous scenarios women (and some men I guess) may have encountered since Hellenic times.

Grab online or in store Thurs-Sun, 12-5 PM.

We got our feet wet hosting some events in March and we have 3 upcoming events in the next 3 weeks (link in bio to see e...
04/17/2022

We got our feet wet hosting some events in March and we have 3 upcoming events in the next 3 weeks (link in bio to see events and book tickets). What else would you like to see at the shop this spring/summer? Hit us up in the comments or DM.

New class alert! In two weeks, we’re the hosting “Erotic Writing & Storytelling with Virginia Nguyen.” Explore your unsp...
04/13/2022

New class alert! In two weeks, we’re the hosting “Erotic Writing & Storytelling with Virginia Nguyen.”

Explore your unspoken desires and fantasies and get some sips and snacks to boot! Your ticket price includes class and refreshments, plus the value can also be put toward purchasing a title we publish in-house. Please bring proof of vaccination. Tickets are $15 and space is limited. Purchase at the link in our bio.

Note: this class is designated for women+ to provide a safe and empowering space. We welcome every kind of woman and the inclusion of non-binary and gender non-conforming folks. Message us with any questions or concerns.

Purple fit check. Love when customers match the tones of their book buys. This one’s on point, @thischicksdoings  👌
04/12/2022

Purple fit check. Love when customers match the tones of their book buys. This one’s on point, @thischicksdoings 👌

04/10/2022

Doggos like books too! 😍🐶

We’re open until 5 for all your book browsing — and pup watching.

Happy pub day to these beauties! If you’ve read “Station Eleven” and “The Glass Hotel,” get ready for her next book, whi...
04/05/2022

Happy pub day to these beauties! If you’ve read “Station Eleven” and “The Glass Hotel,” get ready for her next book, which takes you to the moon — literally.

And from the Booker Prize-winning author of “Shuggie Bain,” comes his next offering: “Young Mungo,” a moving story of dangerous queer first love.

Russell may be a bit trepidatious about the store, but don’t let that deter you. We have 2 spots left for the 4:30 yoga ...
04/04/2022

Russell may be a bit trepidatious about the store, but don’t let that deter you. We have 2 spots left for the 4:30 yoga class tonight at the store with @monarchyogaphl! Link in bio.

The sun is shining and the bookstore is looking 🔥🔥🔥! Come and visit! We’re here until 5 today.
04/02/2022

The sun is shining and the bookstore is looking 🔥🔥🔥! Come and visit! We’re here until 5 today.

Honestly we’re all for it.
03/31/2022

Honestly we’re all for it.

A reunion of epic proportions. So good to see you @maryan.nagy.captan and congrats on this beautiful new book 😍
03/27/2022

A reunion of epic proportions. So good to see you @maryan.nagy.captan and congrats on this beautiful new book 😍

Even though the store is less than a month old — gasp — we’re getting our feet wet and hosting two offsite AWP events!Th...
03/23/2022

Even though the store is less than a month old — gasp — we’re getting our feet wet and hosting two offsite AWP events!

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an annual destination event for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers that is hosted in a different city each year and this year it’s in Philly!

Swipe through for more details on the events we’re the host site for and come on out to hear some dope readings. Links in bio.

📸: @shaydaylayway

Heyo — received this as a request for a direct order, and loved it so much, we got a store copy. Teaching children about...
03/21/2022

Heyo — received this as a request for a direct order, and loved it so much, we got a store copy.

Teaching children about boundaries and feelings, both theirs and others, is crucial to a growing sense of self.

Swipe to pair it with the “I’m Feeling my Feelings” coloring book for a dynamic duo!

So this woman dies and wakes up in a library of her own life choices and gets to live out different scenarios. She faces...
03/20/2022

So this woman dies and wakes up in a library of her own life choices and gets to live out different scenarios. She faces off with a polar bear who helps her realize how much she wants to truly live and then well ... anyhoo, you should really read it to understand.

It’s “Friday I’m in Love:” love story features of our Date Night couples. Today, it’s Tay & Izz, who were one of our fir...
03/18/2022

It’s “Friday I’m in Love:” love story features of our Date Night couples. Today, it’s Tay & Izz, who were one of our first dates in the new store! I don’t know about you, but I want to hear more about these #DateWarz they speak of. Read their ❤️ story below.

“Our journey started with friendship, but nearly a decade later we’ve celebrated 7 years together, 4 years married, the 1st birthday of our baby, dozens of successes and maybe even more challenges. And our love prevails ❤️

As new(ish?) parents, working two full time jobs and running a photography business we don’t have much down time. So we’ve challenged ourselves to be more intentional with our time together. Thus#DateWarz was born, and @theheadandthehand offered us an intimate and unique way of celebrating our March date.

Make the time to love on your people. It’s worth it 🤎 - Tay & Izz"

Hot Tip: we have a cute lil’ children’s section and we’re getting in a shipment of more goodies tomorrow. Fight the fog ...
03/17/2022

Hot Tip: we have a cute lil’ children’s section and we’re getting in a shipment of more goodies tomorrow. Fight the fog with some shiny new reads. We’re open 12-5 today, folks.

📸: @shaydaylayway

This could be you and your partner/crush/bestie/fwb/secret enemy … whatever. For those new here, we do Date Nights in th...
03/16/2022

This could be you and your partner/crush/bestie/fwb/secret enemy … whatever.

For those new here, we do Date Nights in the bookshop. We create a playlist for you, set a table for 2, and leave a serving of complimentary wine or beer. You can bring your own food to dine on, take home a copy of a book we publish, and browse our books. 1.5 and 2 hour rentals are available. Link in bio to book your spot. (Larger group packages available as well)

Could I resist taking an outdoor selfie in this gorgeous weather? No. Could I open my eyes in the sunlight? Also no.Toda...
03/15/2022

Could I resist taking an outdoor selfie in this gorgeous weather? No. Could I open my eyes in the sunlight? Also no.

Today’s book selection was inspired by metaphysics, the new leaves of spring, and photosynthesis.

I’m just going to quote the NYT because it’s an apt summation: “‘Pure Colour’ runs its readers along a borderline of substance and hallucination. You sense her doing several things at once. One, she is making room to talk about ideas that interest her — the mystery of consciousness, ego versus the true self, inklings of the divine, the nature of criticism, the kibbitzing mind versus what Emerson called ‘the wise silence.’ Two, she is niftily confounding expectations.”

03/13/2022

Please bring this level of excitement when entering the store, please and thank you.

03/10/2022

What what! We’re open Thursday-Sunday 12-5, folks. Come take a stroll and stop by.

May we all be so #blessed.
03/08/2022

May we all be so #blessed.

Happy opening weekend! We felt so much love on Friday and it has continued into Saturday and Sunday. Thank you to everyo...
03/06/2022

Happy opening weekend! We felt so much love on Friday and it has continued into Saturday and Sunday. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate and support! We saw friends old and new, laughed, cried, and sang. We’ve never been this tired with this big of a smile on our faces. ❤️— Claire & Linda

📸: @shaydaylayway @kerrybol @nicesposito1

New branding who dis. The Head & The Hand was founded as an indie press in 2012 and became a nonprofit organization in 2...
03/03/2022

New branding who dis.

The Head & The Hand was founded as an indie press in 2012 and became a nonprofit organization in 2014. We opened the bookstore in 2019. We’re keeping our organizational name and roots but sub-branding the bookstore as H&H Books. This sign was lovingly wood burned by Linda’s parents. We can’t wait to share all the handmade goodness inside with you all tomorrow!!!

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2230 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA
19125

Opening Hours

Thursday 2pm - 6pm
Friday 2pm - 6pm
Saturday 12pm - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 6pm

Telephone

+14845328987

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Happening TODAY/Saturday April 23rd from to 3 PM at The Head & The Hand - Guitars, ukuleles, keyboards and lots of percussion instruments for kids of all ages to play with - Come join us for some family FUN!
Three years after opening in East Kensington, nonprofit publisher and bookseller The Head & The Hand has secured funding for a relocation reports Billy Penn. ⠀ Most recently at 2644 Coral St., the community-focused bookstore’s new home is 2230 Frankford Ave. The storefront, previously a CBD outlet, is on a rapidly developing stretch of the retail corridor. It faces Circle Thrift with Tired Hands Brewing Company a few doors down, Pizza Brain up the block, and Brewery ARS opening across the street. ⠀ “We feel like we’re coming to a place that has a lot of vitality,” said Linda Gallant Moore, the shop’s editorial director.⠀ ⠀ → https://billypenn.com/2022/01/26/philadelphia-bookstore-independent-head-hand-kensington-frankford-avenue/
Hey Fishtown! Thank you for wanting to read #TravelByHaiku! I just restocked both volumes of this new collection of poetry and travel fiction at The Head & The Hand on Coral Street. Go check them out and get your signed ticket to this expansive journey! Read excerpts and find out where else you can get this book: https://www.marshalljameskavanaugh.com/travel-by-haiku-volumes-6-10.html Support a local poet and #ShopIndie! In a review in Tears In The Fence, John Brantingham, poet laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, had this to say about the new book: “What struck me immediately is how this feels like the volume that might have been written by a side character in #JackKerouac’s novel Dharma Bums. There is a joy here for nature that is infectious. With the haibun, these haiku create a narrative of young people going into the new American West to find what remains to take pleasure in. Much of what we have read in older works that have the same kind of approach is gone. Times have changed and we have lost that world. Marshall Deerfield is trying to find what is there now and how to lose himself in these places.”
Go grab yourself a copy of #TravelByHaiku at The Head & The Hand in Fishtown! This alongside so many other great releases is such an honor. #BuyLocal!
Hey, Fishtown! My new poetry collection #TravelByHaiku is now available at The Head & The Hand Books on Coral Street, just adjacent to Frankford and Lehigh. Go check it out and get yourself a copy! Uplift a great indie bookstore while you’re at it!
More fabulous photos from this past weekend’s Sunflower Philly event with @tameartz and The Head & The Hand. 📸 BeauMonde Originals did an outstanding job capturing our squad! 🤩
These photos of Anthony [plus one of Ivy snuck in there if you scroll to the end 👀] by @__amberlmusser from yesterday’s Sunflower Philly event with @tameartz and The Head & The Hand deserve some kind of award, don’t you think?!? 👏🏼🙌🏽👏🏾🙌🏻
Announcing another family friendly & fun event coming up! 😎 Please join us along with Tameartz and The Head & The Hand at one of our favorite spots, Sunflower Philly, this Saturday, June 26th from 1-3pm for a goat play, a free book pop-up, and goat walk! Our event is part of a larger live painting (by humans not goats) and music event taking place at Sunflower Philly that day. 🌻 Tickets are a pay-what-you-want donation (can be $0) that supports PGP and The Head and The Hand. Get your tickets right on Sunflower Philly’s website (https://www.sunflowerphilly.org/events/pgpstorytime0626)! Tickets will be available at the door or in advance. See our calendar on our website for the link. 🎫 Looking forward to a great afternoon of books, plays, and goats. 📚🎨🐐
TODAY! Our launch party was an amazing success and, despite the heat, we could not have asked for a more perfect event! We will have more pictures online soon. In the meantime, please enjoy a few pics we snapped today and check out our story highlights for more. A huge thank you to our venue partners Kensington Community Food Co-op - KCFC and The Head & The Hand for lending us your space to host our first event ever. Thank you to our volunteers for all the time and energy you spent helping us organize everything. And one last (but certainly not least) thank you to all our guests who joined us today. This whole event would not have been possible without any of our amazing friends and supporters behind us every step of the way! 🌜✨ Proceeds from today's event benefitting American Foundation for Su***de Prevention Philadelphia Chapter #eclipselit #eclipselitmag #eclipse #launch #event #launchevent #virtual #philly #philadelphia #charity #charityfundraiser #suicideprevention #bethelight #supporteclipselit
The Head & The Hand, a bookstore in Philadelphia, has been renting out the shop to couples for date night — and as you can imagine, spots are sold out for months! Have you ever been on a bookish date? If so, may we inquire whether it was a success?
We found the perfect spot for your next date night at The Head & The Hand! 📚❤️
Happy Friday, folks! The Head & The Hand and Toho Journal are co-sponsoring a writing course and the deadline to apply is February 8. We are looking to fill 4 more slots! The course will be taught by the CCP professor, playwright, and fiction writer Quinn D. Eli starting on February 24. This 6-week workshop, "Hindsight Is 2020," aims to create a published anthology about 2020. Writers will submit (up to) a 10-page story for peer and editor review. During the 6 weeks, writers will work communally and use feedback to revise their work for publication in a professionally published course anthology. At the end of the course, writers will receive author copies, royalties, and be a part of a book launch hosted by Toho Publishing and The Head & The Hand. We are offering financial aid as well!