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A Sweet Deal – A Second Bite at the Apple


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
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!


Story & Song: ROCK AND ROLL

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


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


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



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 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. 

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.

GATHER + SHOP + GIVE : Holidays at Spiral

Mom’s Night Out!



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.

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