Liars, Drunks, & Secretaries : JILLIAN BOOK TOUR

JILLIAN

WEDS, MARCH 4TH, 630-900

Chicago authors Halle Butler and Sooze Lanier will be reading at The Spiral Bookcase on March 4th.  It’s part of a tour JILLIAN, Halle’s book about liars, drunks, and secretaries, that the Chicago Tribune called “the feel-bad book of the year.”

FEATURING HALLE BUTLER, SOOZE LANIER, SARAH ROSE ETTER, JAIME FOUNTAINE, & MIKE INGRAM

Halle Butler is a writer living in Chicago. JILLIAN is her first novel.

About JILLIAN:
“A novel that reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter in the face of outrageously painted everyday sadness.” – Kirkus Reviews

BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

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Story & Song: ROCK AND ROLL

SAT, FEB 28th, 630PM-9PM : Authors and a Pop-Up Vinyl Shop!

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The Spiral Bookcase & Main Street Music present an evening of Story & Song, featuring Dave Housley, Tara Murtha, and Rock and Roll

Dave and Tara will be reading excepts and discussing their newest books – If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home (Dave), and Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe (Tara). 

Main Street Music will be setting up shop and selling a curated selection of new & used albums – including the great recommendations of Dave and Tara. We’ll also play special set-lists that are meant to be enjoyed with each book. 

AND – We know how great books and music go together SO if you purchase either Dave or Tara’s book (but we suggest both) you get 10% off a vinyl purchase during the event

KICK OUT THE JAMS!

We will supply some light refreshments – BYOB.

more info on these local kick-ass authors:
daveDave Housley‘s third collection of short fiction, If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, was published by Dzanc Books in January 2015. He is the author of Commercial Fiction (Outpost 19) and Ryan Seacrest is Famous (Impetus Press, Dzanc Books eBook Reprint). His work has appeared in Hobart, Mid-American Review, Quarterly West, Wigleaf and some other places. He is one of the founding editors of Barrelhouse magazine, and a co-founder of the Conversations and Connections writer’s conference. Sometimes he drinks boxed wine and tweets about the things on his television at @housleydave.  See more here.

taraTara Murtha is the author of Ode to Billie Joe for the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series, and a longtime Philadelphia journalist. She is also the author of The Ripple Effect, a reported essay exploring the aftermath of the Kermit Gosnell case, which was anthologized by Cherry Bomb Books. Sometimes she plays music while home alone in the dark. Follow her on twitter @taramurtha.

Book Notes : Dave Housley’s “Commerical Fiction”

MEET Dave housley : SAT : FEBRUARY 28th : 630-900

STORY & SONG : ROCK AND ROLL EDITION 

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This article was originally published by largeheartedboy.com on 2/24/14.  Dave will be reading and signing copies of his latest short story collection: If I Knew The Way, I Would Take You Home.  PURCHASE SIGNED COPY HERE

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

 

 

cfDave Housley’s short story collection Commercial Fiction is filled with humor, pathos, and popular culture, with each story drawing inspiration from a specific television commercial.

Matt Bell wrote of the book:

“With Commercial Fiction, Dave Housley once again stakes his claim as the poet laureate of pop culture. No one else could take the cynical manipulations of commercials and extract from them so much humor and empathy and heart.”

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In his own words, here is Dave Housley’s Book Notes music playlist for his short story collection, Commercial Fiction:
As you’ll quickly notice when you read the titles of these stories, this is a book of short fiction based on television commercials. In assembling this playlist, I’m trying to do what I tried to do when I wrote the stories, which is not so much to make fun of the source material (which would be too easy, and not even very much fun) but to use these mostly ridiculous commercials as jumping off points, to take them at face value and try to see what might happen if these people  were actual people, with actual complicated, messy lives concerned with more than fast food and cars and beer and erectile dysfunction (spoiler alert: a good deal of the book was written during football season).

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Book Notes – Tara Murtha’s “Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Bille Joe”

Meet Tara Murtha : Sat : February 28th : 630-900

Story & Song : Rock and Roll Edition 

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This article was originally published by largeheartedboy.com on January 28th.

Tara Murtha’s Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe : PURCHASE SIGNED COPIES HERE

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Tara Murtha’s fascinating 33 1/3 book on Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe album explores the mysterious recording artist’s life through the lens of her work.

The Utne Reader wrote of the book:

“Murtha pulls free the threads of truth from a tangled knot of personal mythology and contradictions. Her book is likely to be a hit with casual listeners and pop-culture obsessives alike.”

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In her own words, here is Tara Murtha’s Book Notes music playlist for her book Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe:

I still clearly recall the first time I heard Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love a Rainy Night.” My cute mom stopped dusting the furniture long enough to start dancing in our living room while singing along. I love to hear the thunder, watch the lightning! Most people don’t have a flashbulb memory around hearing “I love a Rainy Night.” I only do because it gilds a fond scene.

Almost universally, though, people remember the first time they heard “Ode to Billie Joe,” especially when it first hit the charts in the summer of 1967. Bobbie Gentry said fans felt compelled to share with her where they were and what they were doing—usually driving—when they first heard her sing her signature spooky story-ballad about a teenage suicide in the South.

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A Sweet Deal – A Second Bite at the Apple

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Featured Book – A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate

Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift (for yourself, or someone else)? Why not give two gifts in one! Dana Bate and The Spiral Bookcase have teamed up for this sweet deal.  With every purchase of this delightful foodie rom-com, we will be donating a gently used book to Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, an organization that provides housing and services to homeless families in the Philadelphia area.

Buy a book, give a book. It’s a win-win! We are happy to ship anywhere in the USA – all you have to do is order direct from the shop : 215-482-0704, or order here: A Second Bite at the Apple

“Funny, sweet, & a perfect read to rid the winter doldrums” – Ann 

LIBER LIBRI LOVE Contest & Photo Gallery

LLLShow the world why you LOVE The Spiral Bookcase! 

To Enter:
1) Follow us on Instagram @spiralbookcase
2) Post a photo of why you love The Spiral Bookcase
* perhaps a book you recently acquired or a picture of Amelia Cat
3) tag your post #spiralbooklove
4) tag @spiralbookcase
* contest ends on March 6th * you do not need to be present to claim prize *
Winner will receive a $25 Gift Card and A Stack of Signed Books
PHOTO EXHIBIT featuring YOU
First Friday  March 6th, 630pm – 930pm
On March 6th, join us in-shop while we celebrate this outpouring of love!  YOUR PHOTOS will be displayed throughout the shop.  Feel the love, show off to your friends, and bring home a 4×4 print out of your photo.  Light refreshments will be provided. BYOB.

Winter Stockpile Sale!

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Dana Bate at Huntingdon Valley Library

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TUES, FEB 3RD, 630PM @ THE HUNTINGDON VALLEY LIBRARY

Please join Dana Bate & The Spiral Bookcase at the Huntingdon Valley Library, Tues, February 3rd at 6:30pm. Dana will be discussing her delicious and humorous new book – A SECOND BITE AT THE APPLE.  This foodie rom-com is the perfect read to beat the winter doldrums.

The cherry on top –  For every copy of A SECOND BITE AT THE APPLE we sell, we will be donating a gently used book to The Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, an organization that provides housing and services to homeless families in the area. Buy a book, give a book. It’s a win-win!

See you there!

GATHER + SHOP + GIVE : HOLIDAYS AT SPIRAL

 HOLIDAY HOURS :

Monday : 10am – 5pm
Tues, Weds, Thurs : 10am – 8pm
Friday, Saturday : 10am-9pm
Sunday : 10am – 7pm

 

 events : (see our weekly promotions below!):

(click on each link to discover more–check back as links are added!) 
Friday, Nov. 28th : 10am – 9pm
Black Friday 
Pick up a coupon at the shop to enjoy  20% off any one book on Black Friday. 
Saturday, Nov. 29th : 10am – 9pm
Authors become booksellers-for-a-day to help YOU find perfect books to get & give. Grab special in-store deals and load up on coffee and seasonal treats.
Friday, Dec. 5th : 6pm – 9pm
We love Shaak’s brilliant & intricate designs.   Prints will be available for sale as well as one-of-a-kind holiday cards.
Saturday, Dec. 6th : 10am – 9pm
Brian Biggs, local children’s book author & illustrator will be on-site for a drawing lesson.  Buy & Give : With every book purchase, we will donate one gently used children’s book to North Light Community Center. 
Friday, Dec 12th : 6pm – 9pm
Grab a glass of wine, unwind, & enjoy a special night kid-free.  (Dads welcome too!)
Saturday, Dec. 13th : 3pm – 5pm
A great holiday tradition – bring, share, and keep an assortment of cookies.  The baker of the best cookie (chosen by our Spiral Staff) will win a special prize! 
Friday, Dec. 19th : 6pm – 9pm
Solstice Party 
CELEBRATE!  Potluck & BYOB

 

WEEKLY PROMOTIONS :

Every Tuesday in December (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd) :
Enjoy 15% off your entire purchase 
Wednesdays in December (3rd, 10th, 17th) :
Storytime at 1pm 
Thursdays in December (4th, 11th, 18th) :
Holiday Portraits : 6pm – 9pm 
Saturdays in December (6th, 13th, 20th) :
Tea & Cookies (first come, first serve)

 

GATHER

now aren’t you glad you have a neighborhood, independent bookstore?  ENJOY! 

 

Hi There! It’s been a while…

Hello everyone!

It’s been quite a busy year at Spiral!  From Art Openings, to Author Soirees, Writers’ Conferences, and Book Signings, we’ve flown through the first part of 2014.   But, we have oh, so much more to share with you.

You may have noticed that Ann has been very busy with little Zelda over the past year.  Now that Zelda is getting bigger (14 months!) and Ann’s maternity leave is coming to a close, she’s able to dive back into the shop full force and start working on many many many wonderful things.  New stock! New blog posts! Special deals! Fancy new celebrations of all things literary!  We cannot wait to share them all with you.

You will also see some changes on the website.  You’ll see – more event postings! more reviews! more books!  All things Spiral.  Aren’t you excited?!  If you are hankering for even more Spiral, follow us on Instagram @spiralbookcase, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Now for the fun part – a handful of pics from the past 6 months.  Enjoy and hope to see you soon!

Zelda loves books!

Zelda loves books!

#readwomen2014

#readwomen2014

Behind the scenes at Asymptote's 3rd Anniversary Party

Behind the scenes at Asymptote’s 3rd Anniversary Party

Barrelhouse Conference

Barrelhouse Conference

Arcadia Salon

Arcadia Salon

Bert Kreischer at Helium

Bert Kreischer at Helium

True Detective Display

True Detective Display

New Recommendations

New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions

...and let's not forget the snow!

…and let’s not forget the snow!

 

Top Ten Books of 2013 – The Brittany Brown Edition

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We enjoy our jobs of putting stupendous, uplifting, challenging, & ridiculously good books into your hands.  When we are not in the shop – we are cracking open numerous tomes for our own enjoyment.  Well, how could we call ourselves booksellers without being voracious readers ourselves?  So, without further adieu – a brief look at each of our Top Ten (or so) Books of 2013.  

Brittany Brown’s Eye-Opening & Mind-Altering Selection

nightNight Flower: The Life and Art of Vali Myers – Vali Myers Art Gallery Trust, Gemma Jones, Julia Inglis, Martin McIntosh and editors

unclean jobsUnclean Jobs for Women and Girls by Alissa Nutting

bornA Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel

fairylandFairyland by Alysia Abbott

bellIn The House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell

fireBrain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

benderThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

SafeAsHouses_Cover_600Safe as Houses by Marie-Helene Bertino

trinieWide Eyed by Trinie Dalton

oceanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Top Ten Books of 2013 – The Jeremy Tenenbaum Edition

Spiralnauts - 

We enjoy our jobs of putting stupendous, uplifting, challenging, & ridiculously good books into your hands.  When we are not in the shop – we are cracking open numerous tomes for our own enjoyment.  Well, how could we call ourselves booksellers without being voracious readers ourselves?  So, without further adieu – a brief look at each of our Top Ten (or so) Books of 2013.  

Jeremy Eric Tenenbaum read, reread, or probably read: 

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Autobiography by Morrissey

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New England Country Fair! by Phil Primack

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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

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The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David Embury

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Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems by William Carlos Williams

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Fantazius Mallare by Ben Hecht

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Good slices from  The Divine Comedy

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The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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Detection by Gaslight: 14 Victorian Detective Stories

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Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

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Witchcraft by Pennethorne Hughes

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Sermons and Soda-Water III: We’re Friends Again by John O’Hara 

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The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

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Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

Stay tuned for Brittany, Ann, & John’s Top Ten!