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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!

Literary Insane with S. Din - Poster 01

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. 


Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz at the Cynwyd Station Tea Room

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz at the Cynwyd Station Tea Room  *  Monday, September 22nd, 630pm


We are so excited to collaborate with the Cynwyd Station Tea Room for this special event.  Please note – the event will take place at the Tea Room : 375 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd.  Our special guest Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will be reading selections of her phenomenal poetry and will be discussing her latest book, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels.  Come have some tea with us.  Books will be available for sale the day of the event and Cristin will sign purchased copies after the reading.  Purchase $10 worth of goodies from the Tea Room during the event and get 10% off your book purchase! 

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is author of the nonfiction book, DR MUTTER’S MARVELS: A TRUE STORY OF INTRIGUE AND INNOVATION AT THE DAWN OF MODERN MEDICINE, published by Penguin’s Gotham Books. A exhibition based on the book will open at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum the same day. She is also the author of six books of poetry — THE YEAR OF NO MISTAKES (2013), EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING (2010), OH TERRIBLE YOUTH (2007), WORKING CLASS REPRESENT (2004), HOT TEEN SLUT (2001) and DEAR FUTURE BOYFRIEND (2000), which are currently available on Write Bloody Publishing — as well as second book of nonfiction: WORDS IN YOUR FACE: TWENTY YEARS OF THE NEW YORK CITY POETRY SLAM, which Billy Collins wrote “leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature” Her recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011) and the Amy Clampitt Residency (2013). She lives in Austin, TX, with her two eccentric rescue dachshunds, Max & Alvy.

For more information — including tour dates, videos of performances and links to her work — please visit her website at

Book Fight! LIVE!




Join us for a live recording of the Book Fight podcast, which The AV Club has called “an enjoyable chat with two dudes who get passionate about the craft, call out authors on their bullshit, shout-out great lit when they read it, and consume a lot of pop culture.”

Your hosts are Tom McAllister and Mike Ingram, both writers and editors at Barrelhouse.

Special guests include Katherine Hill, author of THE VIOLET HOUR, and Lee Klein, author of THE SHIMMERING GO-BETWEEN and THANKS AND SORRY AND GOOD LUCK. Also, writer/musician Joey Sweeney will join us to talk books &Philly miscellany and also play some music.

Brief readings! Bookish conversation! Beers! Possibly bears! Audience participation (with prizes)! All the miscellaneous you can handle! RSVP HERE


First Friday with Jacob Charles Malone!



Friday, September 5th, 6pm – 9pm

Please Join us Friday, September 5th for a fun, art-filled night featuring the work of Jacob Charles Malone. Jacob’s whimsical and beautifully detailed work will be up for the entire month of September. Come by and relax, meet the artist, and sip some wine. (Wine and refreshments will be provided but please BYOB if you would like!)

Bring yourself! Bring your friends! Bring your dogs and cats! Definitely bring your eccentric Uncle who lives in a swanky NYC apartment and collects art! (Seriously, bring him.)