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First Friday with Julia Lemyre

Friday, May 1st, 6pm – 9pm

We are so excited to launch a new year of First Fridays featuring local artists.  Julia Lemyre will be kicking off the 2015 season!

Lemyre’s original, whimsical, and adorable creations will be featured at Spiral for the month of May.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 1st.  All pieces will be available to purchase during the exhibit.  Wine and refreshments provided.   Drink some wine, meet the artist, and go home with the best artwork in existence.  Win. Win. WIN!

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Book Signing with Kirstin Valdez Quade

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29TH 630PM – 830PM

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Join us on April 29th from 630-830 to meet Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of ‘Night at the Fiestas’. Voted as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 in 2014 by Andre Dubus III, Kirsten’s work is brilliant and unforgettable. 

Stock will be limited, so pre-orders are suggested to ensure availability. We are happy to ship signed copies.  To order call 215-482-0704


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Set in northern New Mexico, an astonishing, beautifully rendered debut about growing up in a land shaped by love, loss and violence.

With intensity and emotional precision, Kirstin Valdez Quade’s unforgettable stories plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else to plumb its depths. The deadbeat father of a pregnant teenager tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus in a bloody penitential Passion. A young man discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother’s empty house. A lonely retiree new to Santa Fe becomes obsessed with her housekeeper. One girl attempts to uncover the mystery of her cousin’s violent past, while another young woman finds herself at an impasse when she is asked to hear her priest’s confession.

Always hopeful, these stories chart the passions and obligations of family life, exploring themes of race, class, and coming-of-age, as Quade’s characters protect, betray, wound, undermine, bolster, define, and, ultimately, save each other.

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A recipient of a “5 Under 35″ award from the National Book Foundation, Kirstin Valdez Quade’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative,The Best American Short Stories and others. Night at the Fiestas is her first book.

“A stunning debut. With unflinching honesty and relentless compassion, Kirstin Valdez Quade conjures characters that are uncannily alive. Vibrant, incisive, and wickedly funny, Night at the Fiestas announces the arrival of a fiercely original new voice.” (Jennifer duBois)

“Kirstin Valdez Quade is a writer of extraordinary perception, a sharp-eyed truth-teller who renders her characters and the landscapes they inhabit with exquisite care. Each of these marvelous stories illuminates the messy, tender, unexplored borderland inside us all where our finest virtues bleed into our worst faults. A brilliant debut.” (Maggie Shipstead)

“A debut collection filled with stories that read like classics (reminiscent of the work of Alice Munro or Flannery O’Connor), by a young author who writes with the patient, implacable wisdom of time.” (Peter Ho Davies)

Arcadia Salon – Weds, March 25th, 7pm-9pm

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Karl G. Part 2 : Meet Cynthia & Doug

KARL G. PART 2 : MEET CYNTHIA & DOUG

Friday, March 20th : 7pm-9pm

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Famed Manayunk Yelp Novelist Karl G. will host his SECOND public event. This time, his ex-wife Cynthia and her new beau and prominent water fitness instructor Doug will be in attendance to tell THEIR side of the story!

It all started HERE.

If you weren’t able to catch the first hilarious show – check out some clips below!

 

MARCH MADNESS – HEAD-CASES, PSYCHOPATHS, AND MALCONTENTS

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A delirious selection of books for those seeking something a bit off-kilter.

Call 215-482-0704 to order any of these titles, mention MARCH MADNESS, and get 15% off your order or free shipping.  (We ship anywhere in the US and our flat-rate shipping fee is $2.50.)


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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illus. by Camille Rose Garcia

A stunning edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  You will feel wonderfully mad as you navigate through Camille Rose Garcia’s trippy & creepy illustrations.


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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Have you wondered if you or your boss/co-worker/friend/mother-in-law is a psychopath?  This is the book for you.  Jon Ronson explores the concept of psychopathy through discussions with mental health specialists, descriptions of odd and unsettling treatments, and the lens of mass media.  Ultimately, an engaging look at how psychopathy is viewed and treated in our world.


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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

There is a reason everyone is reading this.  For those of you with voyeuristic tendencies (I know you’re out there), read this book.  Three perspectives – three versions of the truth.  The perfect thriller.


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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann

A motley collection of heroes and rogues from around the world.  Strange non-fiction, the best kind perhaps?  Tumble along these tales and leave wanting more.


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Jillian by Halle Butler

Two secretaries, Megan & Jillian, a malcontent and a short-sighted optimist.  They will test your patience, yet you can’t help but feel for them.  Somehow humorous, somehow distasteful, completely great. If you like staring at car crashes, this is your book.  (Meet the author and get a signed copy : March 4th, 630-900)


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The Year of No Mistakes by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

After all of these maddening reads, cleanse your palate.  Poetry has a beautiful way to return you to yourself, and Aptowicz deftly and simply presents moments of personal struggle, joy, and insight.  This isn’t sugar sweet, but life isn’t either.


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I hope you enjoyed our foray into madness – and if you do like our recommendations, please remember to SHOP INDIE!  We are happy to get these books into your hands (just call!), and I bet your local indie is ready to help too.

Liars, Drunks, & Secretaries : JILLIAN BOOK TOUR

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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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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.