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Calling all Poets!

Calling all local poets!

To celebrate April Poetry Month, The Spiral Bookcase will be reviewing, selecting, and publishing your work in a very special Poetry Zine. You have until May 7th to submit your best work, following the guidelines below. There will be a Zine Release Party on Saturday, May 20th – a perfect time to meet and mingle with other poets and celebrate the published authors. Each selected poet will receive a copy of the Zine, and other copies will be available in-shop while supplies last. 

Guidelines
Accepting submissions now through May 7th
One poem per person
One page maximum
Previously unpublished preferred, if published include publication details 
Specify any formatting styles with submission
Include Name, Phone number, and Email
Submit to Keenan in-shop or send to spiralbookcasestaff@gmail.com with Subject: April Poetry Submission
Staff & Local Authors will be reviewing submissions and selecting poetry for the Zine.

Accepted Formats
Word document (.doc) files
Rich Text Format (.rtf) files
Text (.txt) files
Portable Document Format (.pdf) files
Word Perfect (.ppf) files

Small Press Book Subscription

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We are so pleased to announce our new subscription mail service – the Small Press Book Subscription – for adventurous readers only!  Are you ready to take the literary leap?  For more details and to subscribe you can click the tab above <Small Press Book Subscription> or click HERE.  Welcome aboard!

 

Spiral’s Essential Reads to Give & Get

Here are some of our favorite books to give & get this holiday season – and beyond!  Any and all of these are suggested reads to begin a literary new year.

And now you can purchase direct with Spiral right here-  Just click the links below to connect to our online Square E-Commerce site.  Shop Spiral this holiday season and all year around!

AMERICAN GODS : PURCHASE HERE 

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We are fans of the Gaiman’s entire oeuvre, but you need to read AMERICAN GODS now!  A cross-country & cross-mythological journey that will bring you deep into a world that you always wanted to experience.  Plus, we can’t wait for the STARZ Original Series take on the book to come out in 2017.

THROUGH THE WOODS : PURCHASE HERE 

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Not going to lie – this is SPOOKY & CREEPY & I just couldn’t get enough.  This was my favorite read of the year, the illustrations and the re-told fairy tales wound around me and the imagery still holds me hostage.  Good for those who like a bit of a scare – suggested age 13years and up.

THE COLLECTED POEMS OF SYLVIA PLATH : PURCHASE HERE

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Years ago, I received a special copy of Ariel by Plath as a Christmas present, and shortly after delved into the rest of her works.  Specifically her poems capture you with their strange beauty- read them on a quiet winter day when you have space to savor each stanza.

DHARMA BUMS : PURCHASE HERE 

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This was the third Kerouac book I’ve read, but it left the biggest impression. Both frenetic and solitary, if you liked On the Road you will love Dharma Bums.  This semi-fictional book travels deeper and farther, from city life to complete isolation.  For those seeking something more.

THE HANDMAID’S TALE : PURCHASE HERE

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This is probably one of my favorite books of all time.  I am a huge Margaret Atwood fan, but The Handmaid’s Tale is exceptional.  This dystopian novel is set in the near-future, and describes a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the US government.  This is a terrifying look at women in subjugation in the context of a new regime.  Be sure to read it before the show hits HULU in 2017.

BAD FEMINIST : PURCHASE HERE

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If you haven’t read this book, get it now.  Funny personal essays that tackle the supremely relevant issues of feminism and politics.  Roxane Gay’s intelligent and empathetic dialogue will make you a believer- and then you’ll recommend this book to everyone you know.

THE ORIGINAL FOLK AND FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM: THE COMPLETE FIRST EDITION : PURCHASE HERE 

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A necessary addition to any fairy tale library.  NECESSARY.

THE HAUNTED LOOKING GLASS BY EDWARD GOREY : PURCHASE HERE

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Illustrated by Edward Gorey – this book is his personal selection of favorite stories that go bump in the night.  The master of the macabre knows how to make your skin crawl, with stories from Algernon Blackwook, L.P. Hartley, Bram Stoker, and M.R. James to name a few.  And, my personal favorite – The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs.

100 THINGS TO DO IN PHILADELPHIA BEFORE YOU DIE : PURCHASE HERE 

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The perfect book for anyone who wants to enjoy Philly in all its glory.  Ahem- including a mention of ye olde establishment, The Spiral Bookcase.

WEIRD PA : PURCHASE HERE 

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THE book to celebrate all that is weird and wonderful in this glorious state.  Penned by our good friend, MATT LAKE, this book needs to go on your bookshelf.  Also – ROAD TRIPS!

DR. MUTTER’S MARVELS : PURCHASE HERE 

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We cannot keep this book in-stock.  For good reason, it a fascinating history of the much loved historical figure Dr. Mutter- the medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities.  Perfect for your weird uncle or your scientist brother, and really anyone who appreciates a great and readable history book.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of some of our very favorite books. We’d love to get these essential reads into your hands. Click the links and purchase direct with Spiral – you can either request pick-up or shipment for any of these titles.   Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Calendar!

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GET LIT: The Lost Generation’s Stories, Music, & Drinks

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Books & Broads: A Feminist Book Club

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Books and Broads is a feminist book club that will focus on intersectional identities in fiction. We prioritize the writing of women of color, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and women with disabilities. We welcome feminists of all gender identities to our reindeer games and believe that talking about our perspectives and experiences around a story helps us to understand it, ourselves, and one another better. Club members get 10% off their order of the book and 15% off by ordering three month’s worth of books in advance. Books and Broads will meet on the third Tuesday of every month. You can join our facebook group here.

July: Dietland by Sarai Walker (Facebook RSVP)

August: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

September: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

October: Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson

November: Southland by Nina Revoyr

December: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

AMELIA CAT DAY!

AMELIA CAT DAY 2017 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH 11AM – 8PM 

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Independent Bookstore Day at The Spiral Bookcase 

Our darling Amelia Cat has been with us for almost five years now and we don’t need an excuse to celebrate her warm and fuzzy existence. So, we are happy to announce our Second Annual Celebration of all things Amelia – AMELIA CAT DAY 2017, coinciding with PA’s official Independent Bookstore Day!

So much joy in just one day! Stop by to help us shower Amelia with all the adoration she deserves.  Check out the details and schedule below!

11am : Treats & Coffee – to start the day off right!

11am – 8pm :  special gift with each purchase (while supplies last)! ++Every purchase receives a raffle ticket for the Amelia Gift Basket* ++Spend $25 & receive a goody bag with your very own Amelia Cat Fan Club Membership Card and other fun treats.                                                         ++Spend $50 and receive your very own Amelia Cat Fan Club Membership Card & the exclusive Out-of-Print Bookstore Cats Button Set (see below).

1pm – 3pm : Local children’s book author and illustration Brian Biggs will be in-shop to sign copies of his latest book, Noisy Night, & sing the praises of Amelia.  Also, be sure to pick up a special Amelia coloring sheets to color in-shop or take home.

11am – 8pm : Show some love!  Take your photo with Amelia (perhaps using our cute photo booth props?) and tag us @spiralbookcase #ameliacatday2017 on Instagram & Facebook to show everyone that you know how to party with the best bookstore cat ever!

*Raffle : Amelia Gift Bag                                                                                                 Buy a ticket to win two catastic books – Star Trek Cats & I Could Pee on This, Too, a Bookstore Cats Button Set, and a pair of tickets to A Quiet Passion, a biographical film about the life and work of iconic American poet Emily Dickinson, and a $25 Spiral Bookcase gift card.                        >>>Ticket Sales go towards Amelia’s Medical Fund – donations help to manage her feline hyperthyroidism treatments.                                                           >>1 free ticket per purchase, additional tickets $1 each or $5 for 10.

Our furry feline is ready to PARTY WITH YOU!  RSVP here.

Be sure to visit other PA bookshops to celebrate the big day!

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Exclusive Button Set!

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GEEK LOVE! BOOKS, COMICS, & MUSIC

the spiral bookcase, main street music, & johnny’s destructo’s hero complex present:

geek love | #geeklovemnyk

enter to win: february 1st – february 13th 

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It’s our time!  THAT’S RIGHT GEEKS, IT’S OUR TIME!  We are celebrating the passion of the geek this Valentine’s Day and have paired up with Main Street Music and Johnny’s Destructo’s Hero Complex to bring you a very sweet, very geek Valentine.  All you have to do is SHOP & WIN!  (Bonus - impress any sweetheart with your wealth of knowledge about books, music, & comics as you browse our delightful selections.)

Check this out:  Make a $25+ purchase at any of our shops between February 1st and February 13th.  Every time you make a qualifying purchase you will be entered to win a deliriously wonderful Geek Basket or Geek Certificate at one of our shops.  EVERY TIME!  We will pick the winners on 2/14.

DON’T STOP THERE!  Share your love of everything geek on Main Street, by using our signature #geeklovemnyk on social media.  Follow this hashtag for more GEEK LOVE heading your way.

PLEASE DONATE – Philly High School needs copies of THE GREAT GATSBY

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REQUESTING DONATIONS FOR PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL!

Do you happen to have your old copy of THE GREAT GATSBY?  Do you want to support a local high school by sharing the gift of literature?

Copies of THE GREAT GATSBY are needed (see details below). Deadline Monday, Jan. 25th. Drop off location – The Spiral Bookcase, 112 Cotton St., Philadelphia, PA 19127.  Mailed copies are also welcome as long as they are here before the deadline.

Details:
We are an accelerated high school for over-aged and under-credited students in Philadelphia; essentially a second chance school for students who have dropped out or have been unsuccessful in the traditional school setting. Because we are an alternative school, we don’t have a great deal of funding or resources, and because most of our students are from low income families, we do not require that they purchase any books or textbooks of their own. This often makes it difficult for teachers to provide students with the materials they want and need.

The English Department has been on a hunt for used copies of The Great Gatsby, but has been struggling to find enough copies (looking for around 30) at an affordable price. If anyone is willing to part ways with their copy of Gatsby, it would be going to a great school of students who, despite their obstacles, have made the mature decision to reenter the school system and get their high school diploma!

The Spiral Bookcase, 112 Cotton St. Philadelphia, PA 19127

Our Favorite Things – Brittany

So much has happened this fall!  We not only started bringing in more new books – and ordering more new books for our customers – but we have acquired a delightful selection of gifts and stationery too! Just in time for the Holidays. Take a peak at what is in store – and the new things we adore that you can now find at the shop.

Bookseller Brittany shares 6 of her favorites – right here:

1) Spiced Pomegranate by Zoet Bathlatier – I love how unique and fragrant these candles are! They’re all so good, but I love the warmth and coziness of Spiced Pomegranate- perfect to burn while decorating your tree or baking cookies for the holidays. Added bonus, they’re made locally!

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2) The Year of Cozy by Adrianna Adarme – This book is gorgeous (and would make an incredible gift for the creatively-inclined)! The photographs are beautiful and the recipes and crafts are fun and easy-to-do. Also – If you are not following Adrianna’s blog, A Cozy Kitchen, you should do so immediately.

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3) Formulary 55 – Formulary 55 makes some of the loveliest smelling things. These are a few of my favorites right now:

  • Sea Salt & Lavender Bath Bomb – So fresh! I am addicted to this scent. Plus, if you are gifting and unsure about what someone may like, this one is very versatile and pleasant.
  • Madame Mysterio Soap – Sensual and delicate. These soaps make great stocking stuffers!
  • Balsam & Fir Candle – This candle makes you feel like you are walking through a forest. Calm and relaxing, this candle goes perfectly with a book and a warm blanket.

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4) Modern Bronze Crescent Necklace – One-of-a-kind hand-shaped and hammered pieces made in Tennessee. I adore this entire collection but this necklace in particular resonates with me. Simple and elegant with a dash of witchiness, you need to see these in person!

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5) Zulli Designs- Liz Zulli is an incredible local artist and jewelry maker that uses crystals, semi-precious stones, recycled, found and natural objects to create one-of-a-kind pieces.  From torched copper bracelets to pouches featuring her own photography, you are bound to find the perfect gift (or two or three!) from her collection at the shop. My pick: Amethyst Earrings.

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6) House of Good Juju – Everything. Just everything. I love all of it. However, I am partial to the Spiral Bookcase customized scents. They are so fresh and inviting, I want to bathe in this stuff! Plus, they are pretty to look at.  

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So many beautiful things to choose from.  Don’t forget that a stack of beautiful secondhand books is always a great gift!  We are happy to ship out-of-town, so just call 215-482-0704 or email spiralbookcase@gmail.com if you see anything that strikes your fancy.