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Maybe you have noticed some talk about zines in the store and on our social media pages. If you’re not familiar with zines, prepare to have you mind blown because they are awesome.
Zines are independently written and produced pamphlets made by anyone about anything. Zines are most closely associated with the punk rock community, but historically lots of sci-fi fans have made zines about the books, tv shows, and movies they loved. And maybe you’ve heard of an obscure little piece of literature called Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
Zines are most commonly made by cutting and pasting your work (art, fiction, poetry, essays, basically anything) into a master copy and then reproducing them on a photocopier. This is commonly called cut ‘n paste and because of the DIYness and the limitless possibilities, it is as much fun as you can have playing with office and school supplies.
Philadelphia has a huge zine community! There’s Philly Zine Fest once per year, the Secret Admirer, and tons of cool zinesters who make and distribute their work at a local and national level.
Predictably, since we love authors and artists and believe in supporting our community in any way possible, we’re really excited about making our store a hub for zines in Philadelphia. We’ll be having a monthly zine making party on the last Thursday of every month as part of Manayunk’s Stroll the Streets celebration. (We’ll be donating a portion of our sales on Thursdays to support a local literacy organization, and there are tons of cool food trucks, sidewalk sales, and discounts of food and booze. Definitely worth a trip!)
Additionally, we’ll be hosting our first ever zine reading on Saturday, August 6th from 7-9PM, with readings from local voices and an opportunity to share work from your own zines afterward.
And THEN, if you’re reading to start putting your work out there but don’t know where to start, we’ll have a zine making tutorial for beginners on Sunday August 7th, from noon until 2 PM.
We’ll see you there, right?
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
the spiral bookcase, main street music, & johnny’s destructo’s hero complex present:
geek love | #geeklovemnyk
enter to win: february 1st – february 13th
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com if you see anything that strikes your fancy.
This is the Main Street Morrissey event you’ve been waiting for! The Spiral Bookcase, Main Street Music, and Lucky’s Last Chance have teamed up to bring you an evening filled with everything Morrissey. THURS, AUGUST 20TH 8PM-10PM @ LUCKY’S LAST CHANCE (4421 MAIN ST)
Special guest, Denise McKinney, will be discussing and signing her book, Morrissey FAQ – required reading for all fans. DJ Meat is MErtter from Main Street Music will be spinning a selection of Morrissey, The Smiths, and assorted Brit Pop to set the scene for the perfect MOZ-filled evening. Also, step up and share your own Morrissey stories and encounters during ’15 Minutes With You.’
Bring yourself, bring your friends, bring a story, and settle in for a fun, smart, and charming evening.
With the new Avengers movie hitting screens, I was thinking -
What would Spiral recommend to this spectacular cast of superheroes?
Well, I can’t resist a bit of character analysis and and jab of whimsy, so I decided to give it a shot. Here’s what I recommend – now pick up a book and get to it!
A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING AUTHOR’S COURT
BY MARK TWAIN
Hey there Captain – We all know you are a bit sensitive and certainly a powerhouse out of time. I’ll think you’ll appreciate this story of a fish out of water and how, inevitably, you can’t re-write history.
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS BY KURT VONNEGUT, JR.
Let me just explain one thing to you Stark – You have free will. Everyone else is a robot. Wait, wait, wait, I mean -You are a robot, and everyone else has free will. Okay, maybe not – but I think you’ll appreciate this biting satire, even if you’re a robot with free will.
MATILDA BY ROALD DAHL
Hey Thor, this little girl has some Power < yep, with a capital “P”. Her family is mean, her teacher is the worst, but she finds support in a comely teacher and learns to take control. I think you’ll clench your teeth at the mean-spirited humans she has to deal with – but remember, we’re not all bad.
THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
BY CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN
Bruce – I think you’ll like this one. It is creepy, I won’t lie. But I think you’ll be taken by the narrator’s descent into psychosis and come to find a deep understanding within these pages. Perhaps a bit of insight into your own malady?
THE BLACK WIDOW
WHY THE CHILD IS COOKING IN THE POLENTA
BY AGLAJA VETERANYI (TRANS. VINCENT KLING)
This is a dark book, Natasha, but I just need to recommend it to you. It’s tragic, it’s stunning, it’s everything that you escaped. The story will make you cry, but sometimes it’s good to remember our demons.
GEEK LOVE BY KATHERINE DUNN
Okay, this one might hit a little bit close to home, Clint, but like Natasha, I think you’ll appreciate it. Circus freaks, familial strain, unfettered emotions - have I got you yet? Draw a bubble bath and jump in.
ULYSSES BY JAMES JOYCE
Loki – I think you’ll be lost forever trying to figure this one out – Have at it.
These books can be found or ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or stopping by the shop!
WEDS, MARCH 4TH, 630-900
Chicago authors Halle Butler and Sooze Lanier will be reading at The Spiral Bookcase on March 4th. It’s part of a tour JILLIAN, Halle’s book about liars, drunks, and secretaries, that the Chicago Tribune called “the feel-bad book of the year.”
FEATURING HALLE BUTLER, SOOZE LANIER, SARAH ROSE ETTER, JAIME FOUNTAINE, & MIKE INGRAM
Halle Butler is a writer living in Chicago. JILLIAN is her first novel.
“A novel that reads like rubbernecking or a junk-food binge, compelling a horrified fascination and bleak laughter in the face of outrageously painted everyday sadness.” – Kirkus Reviews
BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE