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Ru Freeman – Book Club Discussion (OPEN TO ALL) & Signing

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Tuesday, August 5th, 7pm

Ru Freeman, author of On Sal Mal Lane, will lead our next Book Club discussion on Tues, August 5th, 7pm.  Purchase or reserve your copy of On Sal Mal Lane ($16) now at the shop (215-482-0704). Enjoy a 10% off discount on all Book Club Selections.   

The event is open to all, whether or not you are a Book Club attendee or a lover of great literature.  Plan on joining in for an engaging and lively discussion, and get your book signed by Ms. Freeman at the end of the evening.  Wine and light refreshments included.

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In the tradition of In the Time of the Butterflies and The Kite Runner, a tender, evocative novel about the years leading up to the Sri Lankan civil war.

On the day the Herath family moves in, Sal Mal Lane is still a quiet street, disturbed only by the cries of the children whose triumphs and tragedies sustain the families that live there. As the neighbors adapt to the newcomers in different ways, the children fill their days with cricket matches, romantic crushes, and small rivalries. But the tremors of civil war are mounting, and the conflict threatens to engulf them all.

In a heartrending novel poised between the past and the future, the innocence of the children—a beloved sister and her overprotective siblings, a rejected son and his twin sisters, two very different brothers—contrasts sharply with the petty prejudices of the adults charged with their care. In Ru Freeman’s masterful hands, On Sal Mal Lane, a story of what was lost to a country and her people, becomes a resounding cry for reconciliation.

Bio: Ru Freeman was born into a family of writers and many boys in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After a year of informal study at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, she arrived in the United States with a Parker ink pen and a box of Staedler pencils to attend Bates College in Maine. She completed her Masters in Labor Relations at the University of Colombo, and worked in the field of American and international humanitarian assistance and workers’ rights. Her political writing has appeared in English and in translation. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in VQR, Guernica, World Literature Today and elsewhere. She is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Yaddo. and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the author of the novel A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009), which was long-listed for the DCS Prize for South Asian Literature, and translated into several languages. Her new novel, On Sal Mal Lane, is published by Graywolf Press in 2013. She calls both Sri Lanka and America home and writes about the people and countries underneath her skin.

First Friday featuring Ryan Psota

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Friday, August 1st, 6pm-9pm

Spiral is bringing FIRST FRIDAY BACK!  We are so excited to launch a new season of First Fridays featuring local artists.  To continue our 2014 series, please welcome - Ryan Psota!

Psota’s original, whimsical, and odd creations will be featured at Spiral for the month of August.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 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!

Bio:  Ryan Psota is an illustrator/designer living in Philadelphia, PA.  He received his BFA from the University of the Arts where he studied illustration. His inspirations include urban art, nature, lasers, old man skin, pyramids, ancient scrolls, ornate sweaters, seaweed, and the aurora borealis.

Kids’ Day & Farmers’ Market at Pretzel Park

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Saturday, August 16th, 10am-2pm

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.   We also have a special guest who will be joining in on the fun!  Melissa Kenney will be on hand to create personalized portraits and artwork for attendees.  She has been a featured artist at Spiral, and we know you will fall in love with her fairy tale inspired artwork.

*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.

4th Anniversary Celebration!

lostDANCE IN THE STREETS! SPIRAL IS CELEBRATING 4 YEARS!

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We LOVE you!

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!

#readwomen2014

#readwomen2014

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!

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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

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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

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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!

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Plan B Press Reading!

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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.