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Established in 1951, Joseph Fox Bookshop is a general independent bookstore in the Rittenhouse Square area of downtown Philadelphia with a choice selection of new literature, non-fiction, art, architecture, design, music, poetry and books for children. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right book for the right person and if we don’t have the book you need we are happy to take a special order – it will often arrive the next day. We look forward to seeing you in the store!

 Customers waited patiently all day to meet David Sedaris. 

 The interior of Joseph Fox Bookshop during an event featuring author David Sedaris

Author Events


Bookshop owner Michael Fox prepares books to be signed by President Barack Obama. The President smiles while signing his book.The Joseph Fox Bookshop participates in hundreds of off-site Author Events each year as the official bookseller for the Free Library of Philadelphia's Author Events program and numerous other venues. Signed books may be reserved in advance and are often available in-store after the appearances. 

Authors visiting Philadelphia this season include Kevin Hart, Janet Benton, Yaa Gyasi, Kei Miller, Patricia Lockwood, Richard Russo, Sherman Alexie, Douglas Brunt, Mark Bowden, Lawrence Wright, and many more! Events are added to our calendar on a regular basis; keep an eye on the calendar and sign up for our Author Events Newsletter for complete event details! 

Photo credit: Kelly & Massa, 2006

Volume Purchases

"When your customers want your book in bulk, save them time and money and send them to Michael Fox. Responsive, helpful, and professional, Michael will give them a great deal and get your books into their hands on time and without issue. He's my go-to guy." Jody Stevens, Chief of Staff, The Tapscott Group

The Joseph Fox Bookshop offers extremely competitive volume discounts of orders of 50 or more copies of the same title to authors, individuals, institutions, and businesses on a non-returnable basis. Authors--or their clients--who need books for private events or speaking engagements are invited in particular to take advantage of this service. Books are also an excellent way for a business to educate employees, or to say "Thank you!" to clients and customers. Read more...

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