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The Head & The Hand

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

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

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Operating as usual

Our bookstore’s workshop space will be undergoing a spooky, lunarific transformation for this Sunday’s interactive “Hell...
10/17/2022

Our bookstore’s workshop space will be undergoing a spooky, lunarific transformation for this Sunday’s interactive “Hello, Harvest Moon” story time, here’s a sneak peek!

Our bookstore workshop space will be undergoing a spooky transformation for this Sunday’s interactive “Hello, Harvest Mo...
10/17/2022

Our bookstore workshop space will be undergoing a spooky transformation for this Sunday’s interactive “Hello, Harvest Moon” Story Time, here’s a sneak peek!

Anyone feeling spicy?
10/15/2022

Anyone feeling spicy?

Be like  and get some spooky silly books for your kiddos 😍We’re serving up the Halloween vibes all weekend. Stop on by 1...
10/15/2022

Be like and get some spooky silly books for your kiddos 😍

We’re serving up the Halloween vibes all weekend. Stop on by 12-5 PM Saturday and Sunday.

We got our spooky vibes started early with this terror-cotta (ba dum tss) group sculpting project courtesy of the ’s del...
10/11/2022

We got our spooky vibes started early with this terror-cotta (ba dum tss) group sculpting project courtesy of the ’s delightful Claymobile teaching artists at our Salon.

And we’re keeping them going all month long with an autumnal story time and activity on October 23 and our Spooktacular Halloween Exquisite Co**se Extravaganza on October 28. Link to our early bird tickets (which include a cocktail!) in our bio.

Still reeling (in a good way) from the raucous, glorious, and, as promised, deeply weird  hosted by the inimitable  yest...
10/09/2022

Still reeling (in a good way) from the raucous, glorious, and, as promised, deeply weird hosted by the inimitable yesterday. We met so many artists, makers, movers, shakers, musicians, jugglers, and awful wrestlers, oh my! The sun shined on the beer garden and the weirdos rejoiced ✨🧟‍♀️🤹‍♀️🤼❤️🌈📚Until next year!

The pure joy you feel when you finally hang the chandelier you bought back in February. AND it’s perfect for the fall vi...
10/07/2022

The pure joy you feel when you finally hang the chandelier you bought back in February. AND it’s perfect for the fall vibes we have going on tonight for First Friday, our story time on the 23rd and Halloween extravaganza on the 28th. Come through!

Oh look it’s one of the cutest humans ever  who dropped up a WHOLE BUNCH of their handmade goodies to the shop. Come out...
10/07/2022

Oh look it’s one of the cutest humans ever who dropped up a WHOLE BUNCH of their handmade goodies to the shop. Come out tomorrow on or visit our table at on Saturday to shop some of their amazing designs.

It’s that time again!  WEIRDO ODDFEST 2022 is nigh! Last year was a witchy blast and this year we’re back from 2-7 p.m. ...
10/04/2022

It’s that time again! WEIRDO ODDFEST 2022 is nigh! Last year was a witchy blast and this year we’re back from 2-7 p.m. this Saturday, 10/8 in the Courtyard space at ✨Come in search of a Stranger (than fiction) Things-inspired giveaway, books of all genres for all ages, gifts, and more! 👀 Check out the entire jam-packed festival schedule, link in bio ⚡️

Rainy weather reads on this blustery October day. We’re here stayin’ dry until 5 PM.
10/02/2022

Rainy weather reads on this blustery October day.

We’re here stayin’ dry until 5 PM.

Guess who's stopping by on October  to do a free group build with salon attendees? The Claymobile!  The Claymobile is th...
09/29/2022

Guess who's stopping by on October to do a free group build with salon attendees? The Claymobile!

The Claymobile is the Clay Studio's pop-up ceramics studio that sends professional teaching artists out in the community. They'll be in the shop to do a hands-on art making project with attendees featuring a cityscape and some crazy creatures.

Come out on October 7 from 6-9 PM to have some bevvies with us, have your tarot read, explore some pop-up shopping, AND play with clay.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 - Oct. 15., and it's coming right off the heels of National Translation Mon...
09/28/2022

National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 - Oct. 15., and it's coming right off the heels of National Translation Month and Banned Books Week, all of which are VERY important to us.

As a small women-run store, it's important to us to have a Local Literature shelf spotlighting Philadelphia’s authors and presses and a curated collection that prioritize titles by BIPOC, q***r, women-identifying, and translated authors from around the world. On our stories, we will be spotlighting books we regularly stock by Latinx authors and amplifying Latinx-owned bookstores and Latinx booksellers. Shop and support, and if you don't see a title in stock, remember you can always direct order it with us.

If you're interested in knowing more, join Bookshop.org on October 5th for a virtual Town Hall with Latinx bookstore owners from Cafe Con Libros, Libelula, La Revo Books. Links and resources in our bio.

We’ve got some spooky, decadent, tactile fun planned for October! Our First Friday Salon on October 7 will have pop-up s...
09/27/2022

We’ve got some spooky, decadent, tactile fun planned for October!

Our First Friday Salon on October 7 will have pop-up shopping with and interactive play with clay by . We’ll have an autumn-themed story time and group activity on October 23 and a bangin’ halloween party on October 28. We’ll be playing a very special game of Exquisite Co**se, there will be cocktails, and a costume party!

Mark your calendars

Get spicy with us tomorrow! We’re hosting “Erotic Write & Share” with Virginia Nguyen on Tuesday September 27 at 7:15 PM...
09/26/2022

Get spicy with us tomorrow! We’re hosting “Erotic Write & Share” with Virginia Nguyen on Tuesday September 27 at 7:15 PM.

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.

Thank you to  for stopping by and buying a . Let’s connect and create empathy one book at a time! 😍
09/24/2022

Thank you to for stopping by and buying a .

Let’s connect and create empathy one book at a time! 😍

Oh a little zoom romance for “Friday I’m in Love?” Don’t mind if I do. Meet Jess and Sam who celebrated their anniversar...
09/23/2022

Oh a little zoom romance for “Friday I’m in Love?” Don’t mind if I do. Meet Jess and Sam who celebrated their anniversary at our store for Date Night this summer:

“We met during the pandemic, over Zoom in our school's creative writing club. We saw each other in the corners of our computer screens for a year. We were shy. We didn't say much to each other, but Jess, in her introverted way, was persistent. She signed up to be vice president of the club, while Sam was president. She'd make excuses to have meetings with him, hoping to get to know this cute, mysterious boy who had once been a corner of her computer screen. Seeing each other in person for the first time, having a "club meeting" at a sandwich place, we knew that we weren't going to be a chapter in each other's lives. We were going to have a whole novel together. We celebrated our one year anniversary at a bookstore, because there was our love for each other, and then there was the love for words which brought us together.”

H&H Books stands in solidarity with the educators, librarians, and booksellers who uphold the right to read widely, free...
09/22/2022

H&H Books stands in solidarity with the educators, librarians, and booksellers who uphold the right to read widely, freely, and empathetically. The data snapshots around the censorship trends in U.S. public school systems we’re sharing on our stories tell a disturbing story of bigotry and underline the need for safe spaces where books and readers are protected.

Celebrate with us and buy one of the banned books we have in store. We’re here until 5 PM today Sept 22 and 12-5 Fri-Sun.

Join us at 11 a.m. this Saturday, September 24th as we host Philly’s own Laurie Morrison for a reading and signing of he...
09/21/2022

Join us at 11 a.m. this Saturday, September 24th as we host Philly’s own Laurie Morrison for a reading and signing of her most recent middle grade novel, "Coming Up Short." Fall often translates to school-related highs and lows, but what if all that drama is tangled up in family ties? Come find out!

We'll have coffee, signed copies, and a giveaway as well! If you have used kids or middle grade books you'd like to come donate that day for , please bring them along as we'll have a donation station set up.

Join us at 11 a.m. this Saturday, September 24th as we host Philly’s own Laurie Morrison for a reading and signing of he...
09/21/2022

Join us at 11 a.m. this Saturday, September 24th as we host Philly’s own Laurie Morrison for a reading and signing of her most recent middle grade novel, "Coming Up Short." Fall often translates to school-related highs and lows, but what if all that drama is tangled up in family ties? Come find out!

We'll have coffee, signed copies, and a giveaway as well! If you have used kids or middle grade books you'd like to come donate that day for , please bring them along as we'll have a donation station set up.

My face on Monday morning.
09/19/2022

My face on Monday morning.

“Silencing writers is central to the traditional writing workshop model" — It's time to change that. Embodying Q***r Sto...
09/14/2022

“Silencing writers is central to the traditional writing workshop model" —

It's time to change that. Embodying Q***r Stories is a workshop by designed to center writers, not silence them.

There's still time to get your applications in! Tap the link below to learn what makes this workshop different and apply today. Deadline September 18th.

Course will meet Tuesdays for 10 weeks at our shop starting October 4.

https://www.jennimilton.com/embodied-writing-workshop-series

Come out this Thursday for the inaugural Personal Velocity Reading Series. Organized by Katie Bennett, this series will ...
09/13/2022

Come out this Thursday for the inaugural Personal Velocity Reading Series. Organized by Katie Bennett, this series will feature personal stories (creative nonfiction/ memoir) by Philadelphia-based writers who identify as women, nonbinary, and trans.

This night’s readers include: Lauren Hilger, Julian Shendelman, and Connie Yu.

Freddie Twerkury is stopping by tonight to harness the power of books and give you a different lens on your hopes, fears...
09/09/2022

Freddie Twerkury is stopping by tonight to harness the power of books and give you a different lens on your hopes, fears, and late night wonderings.

Come out for our after hours salon from 6-9 PM. Drinks, artist pop-up, raffle, book sale.

We're doing this ol' thing again! Come out for our SECOND Friday Salon tomorrow after hours from 6-9 PM organized by Jen...
09/08/2022

We're doing this ol' thing again! Come out for our SECOND Friday Salon tomorrow after hours from 6-9 PM organized by Jenni Milton. We'll be hanging out with some free bevvies and artists Wave Lane and Jesse Castor we'll be popping up with all sorts of goodies. PLUS, we're doing a big book sale and raffling off a Date Night in the store. Ya don't wanna miss it!

A meditation for Labor Day.“[A] dazzling debut . . . There is so much here to chew on: economic and food insecurity, ten...
09/05/2022

A meditation for Labor Day.

“[A] dazzling debut . . . There is so much here to chew on: economic and food insecurity, tenants’ rights, coming into one’s own, q***r romance, immigration, and the vitality of friendship. All This Could Be Different is an epic and beautiful first novel from a writer to watch.” —them.

Special delivery.
09/03/2022

Special delivery.

Is there anything more erotic than a composition book and a gold pen? I honestly don’t think there is. And if you agree,...
08/31/2022

Is there anything more erotic than a composition book and a gold pen?

I honestly don’t think there is. And if you agree, you might be the right candidate for our next Erotic Write & Share on September 27 hosted by . Link in bio to sign up 👀

Reposted from  • Get ready for Fishtown’s 1st Literacy Fest. Taking place at the  Garden Center. We will be celebrating ...
08/29/2022

Reposted from • Get ready for Fishtown’s 1st Literacy Fest. Taking place at the Garden Center. We will be celebrating reading! Local authors Katherine Locke and Eric Smith with be sharing their books, and will be set up with special events and deals in their stores, there is a book swap/give away, a reading corner, and the local libraries of and Kensington will be talking about their upcoming programs.

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 12-4
Location: NKCDC Garden Center

Don’t miss Playing with Poetry Story Time on Sunday, September 11 from 11AM-12PM!Alessandra Villella, teacher to student...
08/27/2022

Don’t miss Playing with Poetry Story Time on Sunday, September 11 from 11AM-12PM!

Alessandra Villella, teacher to students and adults, literary lover, and an explorer of the arts will share the beauty and simplicity of poetry through an invigorating read aloud and marvelous movements.

She will read from the enchanting compilation of poetry entitled Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by author and poet Kwame Alexander. The poem “Majestic,” inspired by Maya Angelou, will be read aloud. Children and family will engage with the poem through movement and repetition ending with a discussion around what makes you majestic. Children, family, and caregivers will then participate in an art activity where each person can represent themselves and their marvelous majesty through different colors and materials! Alessandra invites you to wear the colors, hats, and clothes, or whatever you fancy that represents you! Come ready to share what makes you-YOU!

We’re back with a little “Friday, I’m in Love.” Stories from our Date Night couples of how they met, fell in love, and/o...
08/26/2022

We’re back with a little “Friday, I’m in Love.” Stories from our Date Night couples of how they met, fell in love, and/or are maintaining a kick ass relationship. Today we have Ariel and Jason, who met the old fashioned way (on Bumble) and the then have proceeded into cuteness. Read their story below.

“We matched on Bumble in mid-February 2022 and had our first date later that month at the in Northern Liberties. Within minutes, it was clear to both of us this wasn’t just another first date. After chatting at a nearby park until we could no longer feel our toes, we went our separate ways. But an afternoon of non-stop texting led us to meet up again that night for part 2, which included watching Encanto, eating ice cream and belly rubs for Ariel’s wonderful dog, Lucy. Since then, our relationship has blossomed and we continue to joke that it feels like we've been dating for much longer than 6 months. Together, we enjoy trying new recipes and restaurants, playing the NYT Crossword app, taking walks with Lucy, and watching shared TV shows like Top Chef and Hacks. Ariel’s love for reading led us to H&H this past July for a surprise 30th birthday celebration!”

Meet Kalela Williams, Lauren Hilger, Connie Yu, and Julian Shendelman.  These lovely humans will be reading at the shop ...
08/24/2022

Meet Kalela Williams, Lauren Hilger, Connie Yu, and Julian Shendelman.

These lovely humans will be reading at the shop on Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 PM as part of a new series called “Personal Velocity" organized by Katie Bennett.

The series will feature personal stories (creative nonfiction/ memoir) by Philadelphia-based writers who identify as women, non-binary, and trans.

Come on out!

Today’s affirmation.
08/21/2022

Today’s affirmation.

We’re doing it again, folks! Our next salon is the second Friday in September this time around because holidays.Come out...
08/18/2022

We’re doing it again, folks! Our next salon is the second Friday in September this time around because holidays.

Come out to browse art + photographs and chat with the artists about their process. We’re cooking up drink specials and pop-up shopping opportunities too!

A little new to the store. A little sexy.
08/16/2022

A little new to the store. A little sexy.

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 am for Story Time! Melody Wright will be stopping by to read some books from the shop, and ...
08/11/2022

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 am for Story Time! Melody Wright will be stopping by to read some books from the shop, and you can bring your favorites to read as well. We’ll have iced coffee and seltzer for parents and some stickers and coloring pages for kids to take home.

Thanks for an amazing launch of our First Friday Salons! Loved hosting  and  and sippin’ on some cocktails from ! We’re ...
08/09/2022

Thanks for an amazing launch of our First Friday Salons! Loved hosting and and sippin’ on some cocktails from ! We’re cooking up our next one so stay tuned!

Reposted : “Last week, the Central Bucks School District approved a library policy that paves the way for removing books...
08/05/2022

Reposted : “Last week, the Central Bucks School District approved a library policy that paves the way for removing books with ‘sexualized content’ from schools. The contentious plan was approved by a 6-3 vote in Pa.’s third-largest school district, amid a growing movement nationwide to ban books from school libraries and curriculums.”

Gender Q***r, All Boys Aren’t Blue, and The Hate You Give are books we stock regularly. We will also be stocking these others because f*ck this.

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

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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 ! 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 !

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 ’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 at The Head & The Hand in Fishtown! This alongside so many other great releases is such an honor. !
Hey, Fishtown! My new poetry collection 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 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 from yesterday’s Sunflower Philly event with 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

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!

The Head & The Hand will let you rent out the entire place for a 90-minute date night.
Amazing job to all our middle school interns in last weekend’s performance of Billy Goats Gruff at Sunflower Philly with The Head & The Hand!!! 👏🏽👏🏿👏🏼

If you want more Sunflower Philly fun, the goats will be back again tomorrow for Halloween festivities!

Check out Sunflower Philly’s link for details and to RSVP: https://www.sunflowerphilly.org/trickortreat
Actors from Philly Goat Project will work with The Head & The Hand to conduct free, outdoor storytimes with baby goats.
Thank you The Head & The Hand Books of Philadelphia for spending time with me yesterday afternoon for some lovely conversation.

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