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Amelia : The Best Bookstore Cat That Ever Was

Amelia crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 11th, 2018. We are holding a celebration in her honor.

Amelia Cat Day 2018

SAT, APRIL 28th 10am-9pm

We are celebrating the 6 years that Amelia Cat has been with us. Unfortunately on April 11th we lost her to a very fast developing Intestinal Tumor. I did not want to cancel this beautiful day, but rather use it as a way to celebrate her life. She was the most-loved cat in all the land, and I want us to come together to celebrate her warm and fuzzy existence. The day (full of treats, giveaways, surprises, and cats) will be a loving reminder of the darling cat she was.
This year we are partnering with BRENDA’S CAT RESCUE. We will be raising money for their organization in Amelia’s name and they will be bringing 3 cats ready for adoption from 12-3pm.
Check out the details and schedule below!
10am : Treats & Coffee – to start the day off right!
We will also have a stack of our much-loved Amelia coloring sheets available for the kids to color.
10am – 9pm :
++Every purchase receives a raffle ticket for the Amelia Gift Basket* & exclusive Amelia sticker
++Spend $25 & receive a goody bag with a free Spiral Tote Bag and other fun treats.
++Spend $50 and receive the exclusive Out-of-Print Bookstore Cats Button Set.
++Spend $75 and receive your very own AMELIA Candle –
The Keeper of Tales! (Our gorgeous collaboration with North Ave Candles) Candles will also be available for sale the day of the event for $15.
++Spend $100 and receive a copy of BOOKSTORE CATS featuring – you guessed it – AMELIA
(while supplies last – we suggest stopping by early!)
*Raffle : Amelia Gift Bag Buy a ticket to win two catastic books – Star Trek TNG Cats & Bookstore Cats (featuring Amelia!), a limited edition AMELIA candle, and a $25 Spiral Bookcase gift card.
>>>Ticket Sales go towards Brenda’s Cat Rescue >>1 free ticket per purchase, additional tickets $1 each or $5 for 10.
A personal note: Amelia’s passing is very difficult to move through.  After adopting her those many years ago on a cold and rainy night she moved into our hearts and then into your hearts.  I take solace hearing stories about how she brought joy and love into your lives.  She was showered with accolades and with love in the six years we had her.  She won Best Bookstore Cat in 2014 via a Quirk Books contest, was featured in articles from to to and so many others.  She was included in the Bookstore Cats book published last year and was featured on national merchandise from Out-of-Print clothing.  Does this give me comfort?  Yes, some.  But what gives me the most comfort is knowing that she made you happy- on bad days, on good days, and every day in-between.  She convinced you to adopt a cat of your own, or that solace can come in the form of a fuzzy warm ball, or that a little bookstore cat can really make a big difference.  I will be here all day on Saturday to tell my own stories, celebrate, and listen to your stories of Amelia.  Let’s celebrate.  Love, Ann

Literary Journal Launch Party!

This Friday, March 23rd, we are happy to welcome Thirty West Publishing House to the shop for their new Literary Journal Launch Party! Join us for an engaging evening and celebrate the Philly literary community with us!

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Brian Bruno Chocolate Polaroid Book Release

April 14th, 530pm-9pm


With instant pack film being discontinued, this is an effort to preserve one of the rarest pack films ever produced in book form.
The film is known as Polaroid Chocolate film which hasn’t been produced since 2008.  As a matter of fact, it was one of the last films that Polaroid manufactured in very limited quantities. It has been a labor of love to search and obtain this film for this project.
The subject matter is art nude found in natural surroundings. The goal was to include an all encompassing array of subjects.
Slow & Low Whiskey
Will Be Pouring From 530-730

Back to School SALE!


Amelia the Cat’s Meowmentous Book Launch


Saturday, Sept. 16th 12pm-2pm



Amelia is celebrating her first book launch. Please join us and celebrate this meowmentous occasion! 

We will be celebrating the publication BOOKSTORE CATS by Brandon Schultz – a book that commemorates bookstore cats across the globe including The Spiral Bookcase’s Amelia the Cat! Amelia (& The Spiral Bookcase) gets a glorious six page spread. 

Pick up a copy of the book (pre-orders are highly recommended due to demand), get your picture with Amelia, and enjoy some coffee, tea, and brunchy treats. 

To pre-order for pick-up or to ship :


Friday, August 18th – Saturday, August 20th

7th Anniversary Party &
Customer Appreciation Weekend

Celebrate with us on Friday, August 18th 7pm-9pm
& enjoy fun customer perks all weekend long! 

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Calling all Poets!

Calling all local poets!

To celebrate April Poetry Month, The Spiral Bookcase will be reviewing, selecting, and publishing your work in a very special Poetry Zine. You have until May 7th to submit your best work, following the guidelines below. There will be a Zine Release Party on Saturday, May 20th – a perfect time to meet and mingle with other poets and celebrate the published authors. Each selected poet will receive a copy of the Zine, and other copies will be available in-shop while supplies last. 

Accepting submissions now through May 7th
One poem per person
One page maximum
Previously unpublished preferred, if published include publication details 
Specify any formatting styles with submission
Include Name, Phone number, and Email
Submit to Keenan in-shop or send to with Subject: April Poetry Submission
Staff & Local Authors will be reviewing submissions and selecting poetry for the Zine.

Accepted Formats
Word document (.doc) files
Rich Text Format (.rtf) files
Text (.txt) files
Portable Document Format (.pdf) files
Word Perfect (.ppf) files



Read Local

Here in Philadelphia, we are very lucky to have a wealth of wonderful authors at our fingertips.   Find these great books here in the shop, and keep an eye out for upcoming book signings and author events.  (Please note that these are in no particular order.)

1.) Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew ErvinThree interlinking novellas, set in Budapest, reciting the lives of three expatriates.  Extraordinary Renditions is tough and sympathetic; combining music, love, war, and tension into a beautiful debut novel.  Visit his website:
2.) Sleight by Kirsten Kaschock

Welcome to the imagined world of sleight, an interdisciplinary art form that combines elements of dance, architecture, acrobatics, and spoken word.  Kaschock’s debut novel follows the lives of two sisters, Clef and Lark.  An intense, oppositional, melodic, and ultimately very rewarding read. Visit her website:

3.) Manayunk by Thom NickelsThe must-have book for those who were born and raised in Manayunk, or those who now call Manayunk home.  If you don’t have one on your shelf, now’s the time to pick one up!  One of our best-sellers!
4.) Roxborough by Deborah Del Collo for the Roxborough, Manayunk, and Wissahickon Historical Society.The newest local addition for the iconic neighborhood series published through Images of America.  For the natives, visitors, and Philly history buffs.  Chock full of information and archival photos of Roxborough.


Metal Rules The Globe – book signing with Jeremy Wallach and Paul D. Greene

A limited number of signed copies are still available – contact us for details!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012, 6-8pm

We welcome Jeremy Wallach and Paul D. Greene, editors of a new collection of essays on heavy metal around the world, “Metal Rules the Globe.”  This collection of engaging and insightful essays explores the identity and meaning behind heavy metal scenes that thrive in cultures around the world.  Jeremy Wallach is an anthropologist and associate professor in the Bowling Green State University Department of Popular Culture.  Paul D. Greene is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Integrative Arts at Pennsylvania State University’s Brandywine Campus.