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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.

Small & Mighty Bookworms – Recommendations

Special recommendations from our littlest patrons.



This is book two in Half Upon a Time series.  I enjoyed this book because it is adventurous fiction.  The characters in this book are the children of classic fairy tale characters.  If you read one page, you’ll want to read this whole book. 

by Faye, Lover of Books, Grade 3, Age 8


If you are Small & Mighty and would like to recommend a book – please share a couple of sentences about your favorite book, and include your name & age.  Feel free to drop by the shop or email us at spiralbookcase(at)gmail(dot)com.