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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

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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.

Book Signing + Tap Takeover @ Lucky’s Last Chance

Top Ten Books of 2013 – The Brittany Brown Edition

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We enjoy our jobs of putting stupendous, uplifting, challenging, & ridiculously good books into your hands.  When we are not in the shop – we are cracking open numerous tomes for our own enjoyment.  Well, how could we call ourselves booksellers without being voracious readers ourselves?  So, without further adieu – a brief look at each of our Top Ten (or so) Books of 2013.  

Brittany Brown’s Eye-Opening & Mind-Altering Selection

nightNight Flower: The Life and Art of Vali Myers – Vali Myers Art Gallery Trust, Gemma Jones, Julia Inglis, Martin McIntosh and editors

unclean jobsUnclean Jobs for Women and Girls by Alissa Nutting

bornA Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel

fairylandFairyland by Alysia Abbott

bellIn The House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell

fireBrain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

benderThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

SafeAsHouses_Cover_600Safe as Houses by Marie-Helene Bertino

trinieWide Eyed by Trinie Dalton

oceanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Top Ten Books of 2013 – The Jeremy Tenenbaum Edition

Spiralnauts - 

We enjoy our jobs of putting stupendous, uplifting, challenging, & ridiculously good books into your hands.  When we are not in the shop – we are cracking open numerous tomes for our own enjoyment.  Well, how could we call ourselves booksellers without being voracious readers ourselves?  So, without further adieu – a brief look at each of our Top Ten (or so) Books of 2013.  

Jeremy Eric Tenenbaum read, reread, or probably read: 


Autobiography by Morrissey


New England Country Fair! by Phil Primack


Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis


The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David Embury


Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems by William Carlos Williams


Fantazius Mallare by Ben Hecht


Good slices from  The Divine Comedy


The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce


Detection by Gaslight: 14 Victorian Detective Stories


Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware


Witchcraft by Pennethorne Hughes


Sermons and Soda-Water III: We’re Friends Again by John O’Hara 


The End of the Affair by Graham Greene


Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

Stay tuned for Brittany, Ann, & John’s Top Ten!

Memorable Holiday Portraits

Memorable Holiday Portraits

December 12th & December 19th 6pm – 9pm        > part of GUYS NIGHT OUT! <

zeldagnoGuys Night Out Participating Shops: The Little Apple, Petit Gourmand, Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes, & Main Street Music! 

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Join us & create a
Using fun props, a comfy chair, and a cat if you’d like, sit and have your photo taken.
(EVERYONE IS WELCOME to participate! Guys, Gals, & Littles!)
Donations for Photos are welcome.

Bookseller-For-A-Day! The Local Author Takeover!!


Small Business Saturday – November 30th

Join us for Indies First on Small Business Saturday! Indies First is the new bookstore initiative that asks local authors to take over their indie bookstores and hand-sell to customers. Bringing top-notch recommendations from our own homegrown talent straight to you! Not only that, but we will have special gifts that will be offered throughout the day (with a corresponding purchase).

The shop will be open from 10am-10pm. 

Here’s the schedule! 
11-1 Brian Biggs
12-2 Kevin Grauke
1-3 Andrew Ervin
2-4 Josh Isard

This is a nation-wide effort!

The Doctor Recommends – Doctor Who?

You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself! – The Tenth Doctor

A whimsical look at books and their Doctors.*

The First Doctor recommends


The Second Doctor recommends


The Third Doctor recommends


The Fourth Doctor recommends


The Fifth Doctor recommends


The Sixth Doctor Recommends


The Seventh Doctor Recommends


The Eighth Doctor Recommends


The Ninth Doctor Recommends


The Tenth Doctor Recommends


The Eleventh Doctor Recommends


Amelia Pond Recommends


*Given time-travel I am fairly certain that these recommendations are pretty accurate.