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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.

Winter Stockpile Sale!

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Story & Song: ROCK AND ROLL

SAT, FEB 28th, 630PM-9PM : Authors and a Pop-Up Vinyl Shop!

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The Spiral Bookcase & Main Street Music present an evening of Story & Song, featuring Dave Housley, Tara Murtha, and Rock and Roll

Dave and Tara will be reading excepts and discussing their newest books – If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home (Dave), and Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe (Tara). 

Main Street Music will be setting up shop and selling a curated selection of new & used albums – including the great recommendations of Dave and Tara. We’ll also play special set-lists that are meant to be enjoyed with each book. 

AND – We know how great books and music go together SO if you purchase either Dave or Tara’s book (but we suggest both) you get 10% off a vinyl purchase during the event

KICK OUT THE JAMS!

We will supply some light refreshments – BYOB.

more info on these local kick-ass authors:
daveDave Housley‘s third collection of short fiction, If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, was published by Dzanc Books in January 2015. He is the author of Commercial Fiction (Outpost 19) and Ryan Seacrest is Famous (Impetus Press, Dzanc Books eBook Reprint). His work has appeared in Hobart, Mid-American Review, Quarterly West, Wigleaf and some other places. He is one of the founding editors of Barrelhouse magazine, and a co-founder of the Conversations and Connections writer’s conference. Sometimes he drinks boxed wine and tweets about the things on his television at @housleydave.  See more here.

taraTara Murtha is the author of Ode to Billie Joe for the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series, and a longtime Philadelphia journalist. She is also the author of The Ripple Effect, a reported essay exploring the aftermath of the Kermit Gosnell case, which was anthologized by Cherry Bomb Books. Sometimes she plays music while home alone in the dark. Follow her on twitter @taramurtha.

Dana Bate at Huntingdon Valley Library

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TUES, FEB 3RD, 630PM @ THE 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 spiralbookcase@gmail.com 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. 

Details:
1) RSVP
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.
4) CELEBRATE!

GATHER + SHOP + GIVE : Holidays at Spiral

Mom’s Night Out!

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*MOM’S NIGHT OUT * FRIDAY * DECEMBER 12TH * 6PM-9PM*

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.