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4th Anniversary Celebration!


Saturday, July 19th 6pm-9pm

Join us for a very special 4th Anniversary Party at The Spiral Bookcase! RSVP here

All are welcome! 20% off all Spiral books & gifts!  BYOB! Wine & Treats! Fun raffles! 

Special guests Brian Beattie and Valerie Fowler will perform selections from Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase (performance starts promptly at 7pm). Get a sneak peek of their show at the shop before their performance at World Cafe Live on 7/20. ***>>>ooooo, look here<<<***

In addition, enjoy 10% off select stock the whole weekend! 7/18 -7/20


Hi There! It’s been a while…

Hello everyone!

It’s been quite a busy year at Spiral!  From Art Openings, to Author Soirees, Writers’ Conferences, and Book Signings, we’ve flown through the first part of 2014.   But, we have oh, so much more to share with you.

You may have noticed that Ann has been very busy with little Zelda over the past year.  Now that Zelda is getting bigger (14 months!) and Ann’s maternity leave is coming to a close, she’s able to dive back into the shop full force and start working on many many many wonderful things.  New stock! New blog posts! Special deals! Fancy new celebrations of all things literary!  We cannot wait to share them all with you.

You will also see some changes on the website.  You’ll see – more event postings! more reviews! more books!  All things Spiral.  Aren’t you excited?!  If you are hankering for even more Spiral, follow us on Instagram @spiralbookcase, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Now for the fun part – a handful of pics from the past 6 months.  Enjoy and hope to see you soon!

Zelda loves books!

Zelda loves books!



Behind the scenes at Asymptote's 3rd Anniversary Party

Behind the scenes at Asymptote’s 3rd Anniversary Party

Barrelhouse Conference

Barrelhouse Conference

Arcadia Salon

Arcadia Salon

Bert Kreischer at Helium

Bert Kreischer at Helium

True Detective Display

True Detective Display

New Recommendations

New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions

...and let's not forget the snow!

…and let’s not forget the snow!


Kids’ Day at Pretzel Park!


Kids’ Day at Pretzel Park – Saturday, June 28th, starting at 10am 

The Spiral Bookcase is happy to bring you a special story time in Pretzel Park : held during the wonderfully delicious Farmers’ Market*. Starting at 10:30am Storyteller Amanda will be reading a selection of great kids’ books and leading a sing a long. We will be setting up in Pretzel Park on a comfy quilt. Bring a blanket, grab something good to eat, and join us! We hope to see you there!

Directly following the readings is a free kids’ dance lesson with Christa from Merge Dance Studio. AND be sure to get your face-painted too! What could be more fun?!

*The Farmers’ Market is the newest initiative from the Manayunk Roxborough Food Co-Op. We are strong supporters of the Co-Op and you can be too – join the movement on facebook : Manayunk Roxborough Food Co-Op.

The Awakened Poe: Meet Artist Louis Pecsi



Saturday, May 24th, 6pm – 8pm

Artist Louis Pecsi will be in the shop to promote his newest graphic novel – The Awakened Poe. By using vivid digital paintings Pecsi sets the perfect backdrop for Poe’s frightening and eerie literary works. Film Producer Roger Corman (The Terror, Fall of the House of Usher, Death Race) sets the scene and provides an insightful introduction. 

This book is a must have for all Poe Fans, literary buffs, and film enthusiasts. Books will be available for purchase. Louis will be signing copies & answering questions about his inspirations and artistry.

Storytime at the Pretzel Park Farmers’ Market


May, 24th, Saturday @ Pretzel Park, 1030am

The Spiral Bookcase is happy to bring you a special story time this Saturday in Pretzel Park from 1030am-11am : held during the wonderfully new and delicious Farmers’ Market*. Storyteller Amanda will be reading a selection of great kids’ books and leading a sing a long. We will be setting up in Pretzel Park on a comfy quilt. Bring a blanket, grab something good to eat, and join us! We hope to see you there! (This will be the first of many!)

*The Farmers’ Market is the newest initiative from the Manayunk Roxborough Food Co-Op. We are strong supporters of the Co-Op and you can be too – join the movement on facebook: Manayunk-Roxborough Food Co-Op & Friends of Pretzel Park

The Dead Bards of Philadelphia celebrate SHAKESPEARE and ZELDA!


Plan B Press Reading!


Sat, April 19th, 7-9pm @ The Spiral Bookcase

Join us for a special Plan B Press reading featuring Blaine Martin, Daniel Collins, Michael Gushue, Michele Belluomini, and host Steven Allenmay.

Plan B Press is a small independent publishing company that primarily produces high-quality, limited-run poetry chapbooks.  The Press encourages, captures, presents and preserves contemporary poetry by publishing and presenting emerging poets. Find out more here: Plan B Press

Michael Gushue runs the micro-press Beothuk Books and is co-founder of Poetry Mutual/Vrzhu Press. His work has appeared online and in print, most recently at Beltway Poetry Quarterly and in The Midwest Quarterly. His most recent chapbook is “Pachinko Mouth” from Plan B Press. He lives in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Michele Belluomini’s poetry has been published in many journals, most recently, APIARY and The FoxChase Review online. Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies. She has read in many venues throughout the area, most recently for the Monday Poets Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia and at Moonstone Arts Center. The chapbook, Crazy Mary & Others, was a winner in the Plan B Press chapbook competition. Her most recent volume of poetry is Signposts for Sleepwalkers, also published by Plan B Press (Alexandria, VA). She works as Adjunct Library Faculty at Community College of Philadelphia.

Dan Collins is proud to be part of the Plan B Press family. His chapbook “Of Go and Why” was published by Plan B in 2007. Dan is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and well-traveled performing musician. Born in Maine, he relocated to Ithaca, New York in 1993 and was co-founder of the grassroots poetry collective Compassionately Stoneground Books, which published 17 anthologies of work from emerging poets, following founder Randy Ahart’s mission to “manually insert himself into the history of literature”. In 2001, Dan relocated to Philadelphia, where he currently resides.

Blaine Martin grew up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania where he began writing poetry as a means of dealing with the angst of growing up amidst cornfields and ex-girlfriends. He went on to get his BA in English and Philosophy from DeSales University where he received the Excellence in Creative Writing award in his senior year. Blaine received his MFA in Poetry from Carlow University. His final manuscript, A Letter to Charles Atlas, was awarded the honor of Pass with Distinction. Blaine now lives in Media, Pennsylvania where he works in the technology sector and writes poetry. His poems have appeared in Shaking Like a Mountain, Girls with Glasses, Words Apart, and APIARY. Blaine’s first chapbook, A Whole Armada of Loss, is available through Plan B Press.

By any other name, stevenallenmay is a poet, the publisher of Plan B Press, blogger, founder of the Berks Bardfest, and father of 5 children.

Asymptote’s Global Celebration in Philly!


We are happy to be joining Asymptote as a bookseller for their 3rd Anniversary Celebration on March 29th, 630pm-9pm.  PRE-ORDER FEATURED BOOKS. 

The event, hosted by Interviews Editor Matt Jakubowski, will feature a vocal performance by the Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble and readings by award-winning translator Vincent Kling (Schlegel-Tieck Prize), author Katherine Hill (The Violet Hour), author Ken Kalfus (Equilateral), and author Hilary Plum (They Dragged Them Through the Streets).

Asymptote is an exciting new international journal dedicated to literary translation and bringing together in one place the best in contemporary writing. We are interested in encounters between languages and the consequences of these encounters. Though a translation may never fully replicate the original in effect (thus our name, “asymptote”: the dotted line on a graph that a mathematical function may tend towards but never reach), it is in itself an act of creation.

Read their latest journal HERE.

Small Press Night featuring: Jeffrey Condran & Mason Radkoff

SATURDAY, MARCH 22nd, 7pm-9pm

Jeffrey Condran & Mason Radkoff

printing press

JEFFREY CONDRAN, author of A FINGERPRINT REPEATED (Press 53), and MASON RADKOFF, author of THE HEART OF JUNE (Braddock Avenue Books) will be joining us for a reading, discussion, & signing.

At the Spiral, we enjoy seeking out books that we know you will love, but might not know about. We are continually blown away by the new voices that we discover through Small Press publications. Join us for SMALL PRESS NIGHT and discover something new, something off the beaten path, something good. You’ll be glad you did.

All events are BYOB.

“Well, it’s about time you showed up, young man. I was foolishly beginning to think you’d found gainful employment elsewhere.” - The Heart of June

“…if you’re not prepared to destroy your life, you’re not prepared to live.” – A Fingerprint Revealed

Jeffrey Condran’s fiction has been honored with several awards, including The Missouri Review’s William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He teaches writing and literature at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is the co-founder of Braddock Avenue Books.

Shortlisted for the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition, Mason Radkoff’s heartfelt and often times wry novel “The Heart of June” features emotion and maturity seldom seen in debut work. He lives and writes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where, before becoming a novelist, he restored old houses, and still pounds nails on occasion. He does his best thinking with tools in his hands.

Arcadia Salon



For this special March Salon, three students from the Arcadia University MFA program in creative writing present their stories and poems. 

Introducing Maddie Weinland, Nick Gregorio, & Shauna-Maria Andolina

Nick Gregorio lives, writes, and teaches in Philadelphia.  He holds a BA in English Literature and an M.Ed from Chestnut Hill College.  He is currently enrolled in Arcadia University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, plays in two area punk rock bands, and harbors a rather intense predilection for print media.

Shauna-Maria Andolina was born and raised in State College, PA where she earned her bachelor’s degree at Penn State, University Park. She is currently an Arcadia University Master of Fine Arts student in the Creative Writing, where she studies poetry. She is also a Graduate Assistant and a certified athletic coach in the Lower Merion School District and coach for Arcadia’s Cheerleading team. Shauna-Maria is very excited to share her writings that are influenced by family and previous academic studies.

Maddie Weinland got her BA in English and History from Denison University before getting her MA in English from Arcadia University. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and often sets her fiction in the midwest. When she’s not writing, she works in the psychology department at The College of New Jersey.

Special guest Daniel DiFranco will be providing the music for the evening.