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Small Press Book Subscription    A literary mail subscription for adventurous readers!

Take a literary leap!  Join our new Small Press Book Subscription. Each month we will mail you a new Small Press selection – an adventurous pick that will traverse the literary landscape – from fiction to poetry to non-fiction; varied voices that will challenge, engage, & inspire.  Discover new voices and new publishers not commonly featured in mainstream literary forums.

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In March we began our new adventurous initiative – The Small Press Book Subscription.  With so many great little subscription services out there, I thought it would be fun to create one that I would personally enjoy.  There are a plethora of fantastic small presses out in the world, and I always have sought out books that were born within this realm.  Book after book, I discover more voices and more stories that I thoroughly enjoy and want to share with others.  Fortunately, I have been able to curate the shop and offer some of my favorites, but after a while I wanted to widen my scope.

How do I reach more people?  How can I make it exciting?  How can I make it special?  How can I open up about what I love in literature and connect with others?  In March, I started answering these questions and the Small Press Book Subscription was born.

Each month I mail out (subscribers are from TX, CA, MA, PA, & beyond) a secret small press book selection, a small gift hand-picked from the shop, a zine that shares info on the author, title, and publisher, and entry into our virtual Facebook Small Press Book Club.  Plus Free Shipping!

The beauty of the service is threefold : 1) You are introduced to gorgeous new literature.  This subscription is for adventurous readers only – readers who want to challenge their perceptions of literature and be open to new (and important) voices.  2) You are supporting a small independent publisher - and helping to support and develop a culture that fosters originality and creativity.  My intention is to introduce you to a new small press every month – a one book introduction that could spiral into the joyful discovery of a new favorite author or publisher.  3) So much more!  You are supporting an Indie Bookstore (that’s me!).  You get a gift hand-picked from the shop.  Entry to the virtual facebook group. Free Shipping. & a really impressive goodreads “read” list.

So – are you excited?  We currently offer a month-to-month, 3 month, and 6 month subscription service.  The more months you sign up for up front, the more you save.  Many of our subscribers have also discovered what a wonderful gift this for a bookish friend or family member. If you are ready to take the literary leap – head over here to sign up : Small Press Book Subscription.   

Here’s the line-up of the first four months to give you a taste of how eclectic and unique our offering is.

MARCH: WAIT ‘TILL YOU SEE ME DANCE BY DEB OLIN UNFERTH, PUBLISHED BY GRAYWOLF PRESS (& now a current subscriber!)

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APRIL: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES OF LEONA CARRINGTON, PUBLISHED BY DOROTHY, A PUBLISHING PROJECT

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MAY: MASSIVE CLEANSING FIRE BY DAVE HOUSLEY, PUBLISHED BY OUTPOST19

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JUNE: POPULAR MUSIC BY KELLY SCHRIMANN, PUBLISHED BY BLACK OCEAN

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WHAT WILL BE NEXT?  SIGN UP TO FIND OUT! 

 

 

 

 

the Terrific, Incredible, Not Bad, Very Good Book Sale!

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Small Press Book Subscription

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We are so pleased to announce our new subscription mail service – the Small Press Book Subscription – for adventurous readers only!  Are you ready to take the literary leap?  For more details and to subscribe you can click the tab above <Small Press Book Subscription> or click HERE.  Welcome aboard!

 

Spiral’s Essential Reads to Give & Get

Here are some of our favorite books to give & get this holiday season – and beyond!  Any and all of these are suggested reads to begin a literary new year.

And now you can purchase direct with Spiral right here-  Just click the links below to connect to our online Square E-Commerce site.  Shop Spiral this holiday season and all year around!

AMERICAN GODS : PURCHASE HERE 

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We are fans of the Gaiman’s entire oeuvre, but you need to read AMERICAN GODS now!  A cross-country & cross-mythological journey that will bring you deep into a world that you always wanted to experience.  Plus, we can’t wait for the STARZ Original Series take on the book to come out in 2017.

THROUGH THE WOODS : PURCHASE HERE 

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Not going to lie – this is SPOOKY & CREEPY & I just couldn’t get enough.  This was my favorite read of the year, the illustrations and the re-told fairy tales wound around me and the imagery still holds me hostage.  Good for those who like a bit of a scare – suggested age 13years and up.

THE COLLECTED POEMS OF SYLVIA PLATH : PURCHASE HERE

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Years ago, I received a special copy of Ariel by Plath as a Christmas present, and shortly after delved into the rest of her works.  Specifically her poems capture you with their strange beauty- read them on a quiet winter day when you have space to savor each stanza.

DHARMA BUMS : PURCHASE HERE 

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This was the third Kerouac book I’ve read, but it left the biggest impression. Both frenetic and solitary, if you liked On the Road you will love Dharma Bums.  This semi-fictional book travels deeper and farther, from city life to complete isolation.  For those seeking something more.

THE HANDMAID’S TALE : PURCHASE HERE

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This is probably one of my favorite books of all time.  I am a huge Margaret Atwood fan, but The Handmaid’s Tale is exceptional.  This dystopian novel is set in the near-future, and describes a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the US government.  This is a terrifying look at women in subjugation in the context of a new regime.  Be sure to read it before the show hits HULU in 2017.

BAD FEMINIST : PURCHASE HERE

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If you haven’t read this book, get it now.  Funny personal essays that tackle the supremely relevant issues of feminism and politics.  Roxane Gay’s intelligent and empathetic dialogue will make you a believer- and then you’ll recommend this book to everyone you know.

THE ORIGINAL FOLK AND FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM: THE COMPLETE FIRST EDITION : PURCHASE HERE 

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A necessary addition to any fairy tale library.  NECESSARY.

THE HAUNTED LOOKING GLASS BY EDWARD GOREY : PURCHASE HERE

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Illustrated by Edward Gorey – this book is his personal selection of favorite stories that go bump in the night.  The master of the macabre knows how to make your skin crawl, with stories from Algernon Blackwook, L.P. Hartley, Bram Stoker, and M.R. James to name a few.  And, my personal favorite – The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs.

100 THINGS TO DO IN PHILADELPHIA BEFORE YOU DIE : PURCHASE HERE 

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The perfect book for anyone who wants to enjoy Philly in all its glory.  Ahem- including a mention of ye olde establishment, The Spiral Bookcase.

WEIRD PA : PURCHASE HERE 

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THE book to celebrate all that is weird and wonderful in this glorious state.  Penned by our good friend, MATT LAKE, this book needs to go on your bookshelf.  Also – ROAD TRIPS!

DR. MUTTER’S MARVELS : PURCHASE HERE 

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We cannot keep this book in-stock.  For good reason, it a fascinating history of the much loved historical figure Dr. Mutter- the medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities.  Perfect for your weird uncle or your scientist brother, and really anyone who appreciates a great and readable history book.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of some of our very favorite books. We’d love to get these essential reads into your hands. Click the links and purchase direct with Spiral – you can either request pick-up or shipment for any of these titles.   Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Calendar!

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Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day!

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 11AM-9PM

It is the Seventh Annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day and we are ready to celebrate! 

We know how vital bookstores are to a dynamic community and how important reading and books are to children. This Saturday, take some time to celebrate with the rest of the world, and bring your child to enjoy a very special day at Spiral. 

Brian Biggs, local author/ illustrator and one of our favorite people, will joining us in the shop. He will be signing copies of his newest collection of books - the adorable Tinyville Town series. (A perfect gift for the kids in your life!) 

GATHER, SHOP, & GIVE:
Also, with every children’s book purchase on Sat. Dec. 3rd, we are donating a gently used children’s book to Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School. Buy a children’s book – Give a children’s book.

We hope you join us for this very special day!

GET LIT: The Lost Generation’s Stories, Music, & Drinks

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SALE!

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WITCH WEEK : 10/22-10/31

witch week @ spiral

october 22nd – october 31st

weird books / peculiar gifts / spooky events / spiral enchantments

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Celebrate the spooky vibes of October with us during WITCH WEEK!  Dates and details below.

All Week : 10/22-10/31 : Witch Hunt: A mysterious in-store scavenger hunt- solve the riddles & receive 13% off your purchase. 

Uncover a selection of peculiar gifts & books throughout the week in-store or on-line. Special Gift with every on-line purchase & Free Shipping with any purchase over $50. 

10/22-10/23: Halloween in Manayunk: Witchy Goody Bags with $25+ purchase while supplies last, Coloring for Kids, Trick or Treating

10/26 5pm-9pm : Witch’s Night Out : Cocktails, Witch Zine Launch, Tarot Reading 

10/29-10/31: Good JuJu Spell with $25+ purchase while supplies last 

Happy Halloween! Join the Coven here

Book Signing with Brian Biggs- Tinyville Town

Saturday, September 10th, 4pm – 7pm

Plan a trip to Tinyville Town with Brian Biggs!

Join us for a family friendly event celebrating the publication of Tinyville Town, a new preschool series published by Abrams/Appleseed.
 
Meet Brian, take a tour of the town, and bring home a souvenir (plenty of signed copies will be available and a special gift if you purchase all three!). We’ll have refreshments for kids and adults but feel free to BYOB. Bring your kids, bring your friends, bring your friends’ kids.
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