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Amelia Update!

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Hello Amelia Admirers!

We wanted to share some good news and offer a huge THANK YOU for donating to Amelia’s medical fund.

In the spring, Amelia was diagnosed with Feline Hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine (hormone) disorder that affects cats. It creates a wide range of symptoms resulting from the overproduction of thyroid hormone made by the thyroid gland.  A common disease for senior kitties (Amelia is a whopping 15 years old!) it can be maintained by a special diet and medication.  When Amelia was diagnosed she began a special prescription diet and needed several blood tests to determine if her treatment was working.  That was when we asked for your help.

You gave generously and raised enough money to cover food for the past four months as well as for one appointment and blood test.  We are so touched by your love and concern for our little Amelia.  She brightens our days and we know what a cuddle of comfort she is to everyone who walks in the door.

Amelia just had a follow up appointment and she had great results!  The blood test deemed that the prescription food was doing its job and her system has stabilized.  This is a life-long disease, so we will maintain her health through regular blood tests and through her special diet.

Thank you again for your beautiful generosity.  We always tell people we have the best customers and friends, and once again – it’s pretty obvious that we do.  Come give Amelia a snuggle and a “job well done.”

Love,  Amelia’s dedicated minions.

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Zine who? Zine what?

Maybe you have noticed some talk about zines in the store and on our social media pages. If you’re not familiar with zines, prepare to have you mind blown because they are awesome.

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Zines are independently written and produced pamphlets made by anyone about anything. Zines are most closely associated with the punk rock community, but historically lots of sci-fi fans have made zines about the books, tv shows, and movies they loved. And maybe you’ve heard of an obscure little piece of literature called Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

Zines are most commonly made by cutting and pasting your work (art, fiction, poetry, essays, basically anything) into a master copy and then reproducing them on a photocopier. This is commonly called cut ‘n paste and because of the DIYness and the limitless possibilities, it is as much fun as you can have playing with office and school supplies.

Philadelphia has a huge zine community! There’s Philly Zine Fest once per year, the Secret Admirer, and tons of cool zinesters who make and distribute their work at a local and national level.

Predictably, since we love authors and artists and believe in supporting our community in any way possible, we’re really excited about making our store a hub for zines in Philadelphia. We’ll be having a monthly zine making party on the last Thursday of every month as part of Manayunk’s Stroll the Streets celebration. (We’ll be donating a portion of our sales on Thursdays to support a local literacy organization, and there are tons of cool food trucks, sidewalk sales, and discounts of food and booze. Definitely worth a  trip!)

Additionally, we’ll be hosting our first ever zine reading on Saturday, August 6th from 7-9PM, with readings from local voices and an opportunity to share work from your own zines afterward.

And THEN, if you’re reading to start putting your work out there but don’t know where to start, we’ll have a zine making tutorial for beginners on Sunday August 7th, from noon until 2 PM.

We’ll see you there, right?

FREEDOM TO READ SALE

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the details:
50% off equal or lesser value
cannot be combined with other discounts or store credit

A Philadelphia Story! Book Signing

A Philadelphia Story!  

Book Signing with Lori LitchMan

Thurs, Aug 11th 6pm – 730Pm

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How well do you know Philadelphia? Find out more about our nation’s first city from Lori Litchman, author of “A Philadelphia Story: Founders and Famous Families from the City of Brotherly Love”. 

Lori Litchman is a lifelong Pennsylvanian. She grew up near coal country in the Pocono Mountains before making Philadelphia her home. She writes about Philadelphia, nature and the environment, law, and social and urban issues. When she’s not writing, she is usually teaching English to non-native speakers.

Lori received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Her personal essays have been published in Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill and the online literary magazine, The Fiddleback.

She has worked as a daily newspaper reporter for The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. While there, she won first place in a statewide writing competition for her article hashing out the details of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. She has also published a variety of science and environmental pieces. Her work has appeared in national and local print and online publications.

Books & Broads: A Feminist Book Club

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Books and Broads is a feminist book club that will focus on intersectional identities in fiction. We prioritize the writing of women of color, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and women with disabilities. We welcome feminists of all gender identities to our reindeer games and believe that talking about our perspectives and experiences around a story helps us to understand it, ourselves, and one another better. Club members get 10% off their order of the book and 15% off by ordering three month’s worth of books in advance. Books and Broads will meet on the third Tuesday of every month. You can join our facebook group here.

July: Dietland by Sarai Walker (Facebook RSVP)

August: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

September: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

October: Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson

November: Southland by Nina Revoyr

December: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

GET TOGETHER & GIVE BACK

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Get Together & Give Back @ SPIRAL 

Thursdays 12pm-8pm + June 9th – Sept 1st

 
Every Thursday in the summer (June 2nd to Sept 1) Main Street Manayunk will be alive with music, food trucks, artists, and other wonderful fanfare. The Spiral Bookcase is happy to use this weekly event as a chance for us to open our shop to you & fundraise for a local literacy organization.
 
Please join us – swing by the shop, purchase a coloring book, relax, color, and enjoy the company of our bookish community. BYOB. When we get together, The Spiral Bookcase gives back. 10% of all Thursday Sales (6/9-9/1) and 10% of all coloring book sales will be going to two indispensable Philadelphia literacy organizations.
 
For the first half of the summer we will be raising funds for the Children’s Literary Intiative. Founded in 1988, Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a Philadelphia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers to improve instruction so that children can become powerful readers, writers and thinkers. CLI envisions a nation where every child has the power of literacy and the opportunity for a lifetime of success.
 
CLI partners with community organizations, educators and district leaders to provide teachers and principals with training and coaching in the most effective practices for early literacy instruction, and stocks classrooms with collections of high-quality children’s literature. By focusing on educators’ professional skills that improve over time, CLI helps create a sustainable, school-wide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing, and life-long learning.
 
Last school year, CLI worked in 190 schools nationwide – in Chicago, Denver, Passaic, N. J., and Philadelphia, for example – to train and coach more than 1,600 educators and improve the reading achievement of more than 40,000 pre-k- 3rd grade students. In the Philadelphia region alone, CLI is working in over 90 schools (public, private and parochial) during the 2016-2017 school year, while also providing 22 pre-kindergarten and early childhood education centers with professional development and CLI’s Blueprint for Early Literacy pre-kindergarten curriculum. For more information, visit www.cli.org.

DINNER RUSH Book Launch Party!

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Book launch party with april reigart!

thursday, june 16th + 630pm – 830pm

Ever find yourself feeling stressed about making dinner? You want the kids to enjoy it, but you want it to be healthy, too? Sick of feeling like a slave to the fast food industry? There’s a book for you! 

Join us and check out Holistic Health Coach, April Reigart’s, NEW BOOK—Dinner Rush: A Busy Parent’s Guide to Better Nutrition (with recipes)—which helps busy families get clear on good nutrition, and offers up some quick and easy recipes, too! 

Chat with the author, check out the book, meet like-minded parents, enter to win a free dietary consultation…!!! RSVP HERE

See you there!

AMELIA CAT DAY!

AMELIA CAT DAY 2017 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH 11AM – 8PM 

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Independent Bookstore Day at The Spiral Bookcase 

Our darling Amelia Cat has been with us for almost five years now and we don’t need an excuse to celebrate her warm and fuzzy existence. So, we are happy to announce our Second Annual Celebration of all things Amelia – AMELIA CAT DAY 2017, coinciding with PA’s official Independent Bookstore Day!

So much joy in just one day! Stop by to help us shower Amelia with all the adoration she deserves.  Check out the details and schedule below!

11am : Treats & Coffee – to start the day off right!

11am – 8pm :  special gift with each purchase (while supplies last)! ++Every purchase receives a raffle ticket for the Amelia Gift Basket* ++Spend $25 & receive a goody bag with your very own Amelia Cat Fan Club Membership Card and other fun treats.                                                         ++Spend $50 and receive your very own Amelia Cat Fan Club Membership Card & the exclusive Out-of-Print Bookstore Cats Button Set (see below).

1pm – 3pm : Local children’s book author and illustration Brian Biggs will be in-shop to sign copies of his latest book, Noisy Night, & sing the praises of Amelia.  Also, be sure to pick up a special Amelia coloring sheets to color in-shop or take home.

11am – 8pm : Show some love!  Take your photo with Amelia (perhaps using our cute photo booth props?) and tag us @spiralbookcase #ameliacatday2017 on Instagram & Facebook to show everyone that you know how to party with the best bookstore cat ever!

*Raffle : Amelia Gift Bag                                                                                                 Buy a ticket to win two catastic books – Star Trek Cats & I Could Pee on This, Too, a Bookstore Cats Button Set, and a pair of tickets to A Quiet Passion, a biographical film about the life and work of iconic American poet Emily Dickinson, and a $25 Spiral Bookcase gift card.                        >>>Ticket Sales go towards Amelia’s Medical Fund – donations help to manage her feline hyperthyroidism treatments.                                                           >>1 free ticket per purchase, additional tickets $1 each or $5 for 10.

Our furry feline is ready to PARTY WITH YOU!  RSVP here.

Be sure to visit other PA bookshops to celebrate the big day!

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Exclusive Button Set!

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Lucinda Hawksley Book Tour & Pre-order

LUCINDA HAWKSLEY

THE FREE LIBRARY, APR. 30TH 2PM

 

PRE-ORDER BOOKS HERE

We are excited to be the bookseller for this special Free Library event! Get your free tickets here & join me in welcoming a direct descendant of Charles Dickens. She will discuss her latest books: Queen Victoria’s Mysterious Daughter & Charles Dickens and his Circle.

Ms. Hawksley will be traveling from London, and due to her rare US appearance, we are selling a selection of signed books here. Pre-orders are suggested due to limited quantities.  We are happy to ship anywhere in the US.  Pick up SIGNED COPIES of her latest books, or get gorgeous special editions of a few Charles Dickens novels signed by his great-great-great-granddaughter.

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Bio:  Lucinda Hawksley is an author, art historian and public speaker, with a special interest in literature and art from the 19th and early 20th centuries and in the history of London. She is also an award-winning travel writer with a love of the environment and a volunteer speaker for the Whales & Dolphins Conservation Society.

As a great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens, Lucinda has grown up with an interest in her own family history. For the last decade she has been a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London – and also recently been made Patron of the Norwegian Pickwick Club!

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QUEEN VICTORIA’S MYSTERIOUS DAUGHTER 

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The secrets of Queen Victoria’s sixth child, Princess Louise, may be destined to remain hidden forever. What was so dangerous about this artistic, tempestuous royal that her life has been documented more by rumor and gossip than hard facts? When Lucinda Hawksley started to investigate, often thwarted by inexplicable secrecy, she discovered a fascinating woman, modern before her time, whose story has been shielded for years from public view.

 

CHARLES DICKENS AND HIS CIRCLE

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In this new volume, historian and award-winning author Lucinda Hawksley explores the life of her great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Dickens (1812–70)?one of the first people to whom the term “celebrity” in its modern sense was applied, and whose extensive circle of friends and associates included many of the most eminent and influential figures of the Victorian age.

 

GREAT EXPECTATIONS BY CHARLES DICKENS

great exThe beautiful hardcover edition by Penguin Classics.  Perfect as a gift or for  your library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HARD TIMES BY CHARLES DICKENS

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THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP BY CHARLES DICKENS

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL BY CHARLES DICKENS 

christmas carolThe gorgeous Penguin Christmas Classic Edition is affordable and ready to be displayed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT EXPECTATIONS 150TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION 

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Must Read Books from 2015 – Grace

If you love to read, it can be overwhelming to keep up with all of the new book releases.  You have your ever-growing stack of classics you should have read, plus a pile of books your friends and family let you borrow, and maybe another pile of books that inspired your favorite binge watches (mine are Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall, Daredevil, The 100….).

Lucky for you, here at The Spiral Bookcase we can tell you what you should put at the top of those To Be Read piles. Here are my favorite books released in 2015! You can special order them here at the shop (just give us a ring at 215-482-0704 or stop in / we are happy to ship too!), and don’t forget: new hardcovers from the last twelve months are 20% off here, so many of these titles would be discounted for you!

modern romanceModern Romance by Aziz Ansari

You may know him from his roles in Parks & Recreation or Master of None, but Aziz Ansari also released his much-anticipated nonfiction book Modern Romance last year! Ansari teamed up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to analyze (mostly millenial) dating patterns and the influence of technology and tradition. The research was conducted through international focus groups, Reddit, and audience participation at live comedy shows.

between the world and meBetween the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This stunning National Book Award winner should be required reading for parents, teens, politicians, teachers…well, this book should be required reading for all US citizens. Between the World and Me is a breathtaking 152 page letter from Coates to his adolescent son about growing up as a black man in America. It is unforgiving, beautiful, and it will be legendary.

dietlandDietland by Sarai Walker

Plum Kettle is saving up for weight-loss surgery when she meets a mysterious young woman who questions her isolation and obsession with being thin. Then, the sudden disappearance of her new friend leads Plum to a network of women who challenge her to to protest gender inequality and beauty standards, and to ask herself, “What if I didn’t need to lose weight to be happy? What if I started living my life now?”

go set a watchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Fans of American classics were shocked when this rumored sequel released more than 50 years after the publication To Kill a Mockingbird. Despite the upset that beloved character Atticus Finch is racist in this sequel, the book presents an important lesson to a new generation of readers: sometimes our heroes fail us, and it is up to us to make the world a better place.

 

all the bright placesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This young adult debut tells the story of Violet and Finch, teens divided by socioeconomic background and friend groups, but brought together by grief and mental illness. Hilarious, romantic, and ultimately tragic, I love any book that reminds me I have more in common with strangers than I know.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these books – read them, comment, stop in the shop and chat with any of us! We are happy to ship out-of-town, so just call 215-482-0704 or email spiralbookcase@gmail.com if something catches your eye.