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Dana Bate at 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!

The Great Cookie Swap & Cookie Contest

The Great Cookie Swap & Cookie Contest : Sat, Dec 13th * 3-5pm Baking christmas cookies *Please note -this event is limited to 12 people. To participate please email or call 215-482-0704* 

What’s tastier and cozier than sharing cookies with friends and neighbors? Join us at the bookshop to participate in a fun, traditional cookie swap. 

We will also be picking our favorite cookie – and that baker will receive a special $25 gift card for their delicious efforts. We will provide coffee and tea for the event. 

2) Bring 2 dozen of your favorite cookie as well as the recipe to share. One dozen to sample, one dozen to swap!
3) Feel free to bring ribbons or boxes to package the goods – We will also supply some cookie bags and plates.

GATHER + SHOP + GIVE : Holidays at Spiral

Mom’s Night Out!



BYOW – Bring wine to share, meet other neighborhood moms, mingle, laugh, and vent without the kids. Dancing for the brave. DJ Momma Ann will be spinning the tunes. 

Also, bring your lists! – Enjoy special promotions and stress-free shopping for the night.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day!


Saturday, December 6th, 10am-9pm

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

We know how important bookstores are to a vital 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 be in the shop from 11am-1pm. He will be signing copies of his books (THE BEST CHILDREN’S BOOKS!) and will be leading drawing lessons.

With every book purchase on Sat. Dec. 6th, we are donating a gently used children’s book to North Light Community Center. Buy a children’s book – Give a children’s book.

The Inventions of R. Noel Shaak – FIRST FRIDAY

First Friday, December 5th, 6pm – 9pm


For the next First Friday in Manayunk, we are happy to feature artist R. Noel Shaak. We are hosting a reception to launch the month-long showing of Shaak’s brilliant and intricate creations.  All prints & originals will be available to purchase. For the holidays – Shaak’s limited edition greeting cards will also be available in-store.  (Who wouldn’t want an opossum clothed in a striped jumper peeking out behind a Charlie Brown tree?)

Refreshments will be provided. Come on out and support local talent!

Artist Bio: I am an artist and illustrator in Philadelphia. My drawings are a journey of discovery fueled by the riches of the earth and the anticipation of a new beginning. My work is guided by my belief that the world’s vast expanse of diversity is the truest sense of ‘surrealism’ and often the more bizarre, the more beautiful; I explore this concept and stretch found and imagined realities into new, incredibly detailed worlds for reflection and contemplation.

From 2009-2011 I showed and sold work through my fellowship with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists CDP. Through this program, my work displayed at the Moore College of Art and Design—Philadelphia, PA, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts—Pittsburgh, PA and Middlesex County College—Middlesex, NJ. In 2008, I won a juried art exhibition at Mike’s Famous in Symrna, DE. In 2007, 20 pieces of my work were displayed in a solo show at Azure in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia with a capacity turnout. In 1999, I illustrated a book cover for a published poetry book (‘I am simple’). Having completed my fellowship in the CFEVA program, I am now seeking further opportunities to show and promote my art, both locally and afar.

Born in Reading, PA in 1976, I began drawing at two-years-old with incredible attention to detail and have continued ever since. I was recognized at a very early age and find unlimited inspiration for my art in nature. Also a horticulturist, nature is a dominant influence in all of my work.

Small Business Saturday & Author Takeover!


Small Business Saturday : Nov. 29th : 10am – 9pm

Be sure to put The Spiral Bookcase on your calendar because we are going all out to celebrate books, authors and our dear customers!

We will be celebrating Indies First – a new bookstore initiative that asks local authors to become a bookseller-for-a-day at their local bookshops. An exciting opportunity to mingle with great authors, get top-notch recommendations, and start stockpiling for the holidays. (See schedule below.)

Also – take advantage of our special in-store deals:
spend $25 – get a special SHOP SMALL Tote Bag
spend $50 – get a $5 coupon
spend $100 – get a $15 coupon
spend $150 – get a $25 coupon

Coffee and seasonal treats will be available to fill your belly while you browse our selection of new & used books, literary gifts, candles, jewelry, artwork, and more.

Schedule for INDIES FIRST

10am-12pm :Andrew Ervin - a phenomenal writer,critic & reader, author of Extraordinary Renditions, and the forth-coming Burning Down George Orwell’s House. 
12pm-2pm: The Head and The Hand Press TAKEOVER!
Founder & Author Nic Esposito & Author Wint Huskey will be in the shop. THTH is a local Philly press that celebrates innovative authors and community supported publishing.
2pm-4pm: Marie-Helene Bertino – author of staff favorite : Safe as Houses and the newly minted 2a.m. at the Cat’s Pajama’s ( a perfect Xmas gift ) & Ted Dodson – a poet from Brooklyn and editor of the original and inventive Futurepoem.

4pm-6pm: Josh Isard – author of the brash and witty Conquistador of the Useless, & mentor of up-and-coming authors as director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Arcadia University.

Be sure to check out our other holiday events!
GATHER + SHOP + GIVE : Holidays at Spiral



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 



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)



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


Spiral Salon for the Literary Insane!

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RAIN LOCATION: THE SPIRAL BOOKCASE! : The Secret History of Philadelphia

Secret History

The Secret History of Philadelphia :                     rain location: tHE SPIRAL BOOKCASE! 

The Spiral Bookcase and Friends of Pretzel Park present The Secret History of Philadelphia. Join us in Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood, Manayunk, on Saturday, October 11th, from 10am-2pm to uncover Philadelphia’s hidden history.  The event will feature Stephanie Hoover, author of Philadelphia Spiritualism, David Traub, author of Searching for Philadelphia, J.P. Webster, author of Vanishing Philadelphia, and The Kelpius Society.  Local tour guide Nicholas Bucci will be presenting a historical exhibit, and The Spiral Bookcase will be selling a selection of local history books. Bring your picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and curiosity and join us for a day of history in the park!  

Schedule of Events

10am-2pm: Local History Book Sale & Pretzel Park Farmers’ Market
1030am-12pm: Presentations
12pm-1pm: Meet and Greet / Lunch provided by Marchiano’s
1pm: Raffle, featuring prizes from The Spiral Bookcase, Lucky’s Last Chance, and Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes

Authors Brunch – Enjoy a taste of Philly’s Literary Scene


Saturday, September 20th, 11am-2pm during the Pretzel Park Farmers’ Market

Pull up a chair, enjoy brunch, and get up close and personal with a pack of brilliant local authors. This is your chance to ask questions about writing, publishing, and find out what it means to be an author in Philly’s literary scene.  There will be books, readings, and mimosas. Perfection.