Independently owned and operated since 1962! 

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that we have an agreement with our landlords, the University of Pennsylvania, that will allow us to stay open through the summer. We'll use this time to work on a business plan that, we hope, will allow the store to stay open and prosper. We’ve talked to many people who have offered fantastic ideas, and we're excited to explore them. 

We are so grateful to all of you for the amazing support you have shown our store, with special thanks to Prof. Chi-ming Yang and all our well-wishers at Penn and beyond.

And you’ve done more than sign a petition. Our sales for the last two months have been phenomenal. So thank you. You guys are the best!

Many of you have asked if there’s any way that you can help the store. Now we have an answer.

We are asking you to complete a short SURVEY that will help us to chart our new direction. We’d be so grateful to you if you could take the time to fill it out.

But there is also some less great news.  In order to stabilize our finances while we search for a new path, we find it necessary to cancel our Frequent Buyer Program.  We know that many of you have rewards credits saved up and these will be honored through August. After August, rewards credits will no longer be usable.  Effective immediately, no new rewards credits will be earned.

Thank you all again for your support.  We hope to see you in the store soon!

Ashley Montague and Michael Row



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A hard-hitting expose that shines a light on the powerful conservative forces that have waged a multi-decade battle to hijack the meaning of free speech--and how we can reclaim it.

There's a critical debate taking place over one of our most treasured rights: free speech. We argue about whether it's at risk, whether college students fear it, whether neo-Nazis deserve it, and whether the government is adequately upholding it.

But as P. E. Moskowitz provocatively shows in The Case Against Free Speech, the term has been defined and redefined to suit those in power, and in recent years, it has been captured by the Right to push their agenda. What's more, our investment in the First Amendment obscures an uncomfortable truth: free speech is impossible in an unequal society where a few corporations and the ultra-wealthy bankroll political movements, millions of voters are disenfranchised, and our government routinely silences critics of racism and capitalism.

Weaving together history and reporting from Charlottesville, Skokie, Standing Rock, and the college campuses where student protests made national headlines, Moskowitz argues that these flash points reveal more about the state of our democracy than they do about who is allowed to say what.

Our current definition of free speech replicates power while dissuading dissent, but a new ideal is emerging. In this forcefully argued, necessary corrective, Moskowitz makes the case for speech as a tool--for exposing the truth, demanding equality, and fighting for all our civil liberties.

"In The Case Against Free Speech P. E. Moskowitz offers a radical and necessary intervention. Exposing liberal myths with intellectual acuity, anti-fascist commitment, and dedicated reporting, Moskowitz demands we address what current free speech discourse ignores: power. I'm delighted that this book exists."
Natasha Lennardauthor of Being Numerous

"Moskowitz's provocative and deeply insightful exploration of free speech politics exposes the current controversy over free speech as a manufactured crisis that obscures deeper fault lines in our democracy. Despite its title, The Case Against Free Speech is less an indictment of speech than a call to reimagine freedom."
Laura Weinribauthor of The Taming of Free Speech: America's Civil Liberties Compromise and law professor at the University of Chicago

"When Moskowitz arrived in Charlottesville, they were expecting a free speech rally, but by the end of the day Heather Heyer lay dead, run down by a neo-Nazi. This was never simply about speech, and if we have learned anything, it's that white supremacy and fascism are not ideas to be debated but movements to be destroyed. Moskowitz surgically dissects America's free speech fetish, drawing speech into conversation with action and violence-not as ideas but as material realities. The Case Against Free Speech is thebook we need for 2019 and beyond."
George Ciccariello-Maherauthor of Building the Commune

P. E. MOSKOWITZ is the author of How to Kill a City. A former staff writer for Al Jazeera America, they have written for publications including the GuardianNew York Times,, New RepublicWiredSlateBuzzfeedSplinter, and Vice. A graduate of Hampshire College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, they live in New Orleans.

GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER is a visiting scholar at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, having taught previously at Drexel University, San Quentin State Prison, and the Venezuelan School of Planning in Caracas. He is co-editor of the Duke University Press series Radical Américas and author of three books: We Created Chávez (Duke, 2013), Building the Commune (Verso, 2016), and Decolonizing Dialectics (Duke, 2017). 

The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568588643
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 13th, 2019

Decolonizing Dialectics (Radical Americas) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822362432
Availability: Backordered
Published: Duke University Press - February 3rd, 2017

Event date: 
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Hidden Indie Bookstore Walking Tour

Welcome visitors and residents.  We love this beautiful map designed by JS Wu, a graduate student in Penn's English Depatment, highlighting great indie bookstores and magazine shops in University City. We hope you'll take the tour and drop in to PBC to say hi!