A Philadelphia Story!
Book Signing with Lori LitchMan
Thurs, Aug 11th 6pm – 730Pm
How well do you know Philadelphia? Find out more about our nation’s first city from Lori Litchman, author of “A Philadelphia Story: Founders and Famous Families from the City of Brotherly Love”.
Lori Litchman is a lifelong Pennsylvanian. She grew up near coal country in the Pocono Mountains before making Philadelphia her home. She writes about Philadelphia, nature and the environment, law, and social and urban issues. When she’s not writing, she is usually teaching English to non-native speakers.
Lori received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. Her personal essays have been published in Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill and the online literary magazine, The Fiddleback.
She has worked as a daily newspaper reporter for The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. While there, she won first place in a statewide writing competition for her article hashing out the details of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law. She has also published a variety of science and environmental pieces. Her work has appeared in national and local print and online publications.
Get Together & Give Back @ SPIRAL
Thursdays 12pm-8pm + June 9th – Sept 1st
Every Thursday in the summer (June 2nd to Sept 1) Main Street Manayunk will be alive with music, food trucks, artists, and other wonderful fanfare. The Spiral Bookcase is happy to use this weekly event as a chance for us to open our shop to you & fundraise for a local literacy organization.
Please join us – swing by the shop, purchase a coloring book, relax, color, and enjoy the company of our bookish community. BYOB. When we get together, The Spiral Bookcase gives back. 10% of all Thursday Sales (6/9-9/1) and 10% of all coloring book sales will be going to two indispensable Philadelphia literacy organizations.
For the first half of the summer we will be raising funds for the Children’s Literary Intiative. Founded in 1988, Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a Philadelphia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers to improve instruction so that children can become powerful readers, writers and thinkers. CLI envisions a nation where every child has the power of literacy and the opportunity for a lifetime of success.
CLI partners with community organizations, educators and district leaders to provide teachers and principals with training and coaching in the most effective practices for early literacy instruction, and stocks classrooms with collections of high-quality children’s literature. By focusing on educators’ professional skills that improve over time, CLI helps create a sustainable, school-wide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing, and life-long learning.
Last school year, CLI worked in 190 schools nationwide – in Chicago, Denver, Passaic, N. J., and Philadelphia, for example – to train and coach more than 1,600 educators and improve the reading achievement of more than 40,000 pre-k- 3rd grade students. In the Philadelphia region alone, CLI is working in over 90 schools (public, private and parochial) during the 2016-2017 school year, while also providing 22 pre-kindergarten and early childhood education centers with professional development and CLI’s Blueprint for Early Literacy pre-kindergarten curriculum. For more information, visit www.cli.org.
Book launch party with april reigart!
thursday, june 16th + 630pm – 830pm
Ever find yourself feeling stressed about making dinner? You want the kids to enjoy it, but you want it to be healthy, too? Sick of feeling like a slave to the fast food industry? There’s a book for you!
Join us and check out Holistic Health Coach, April Reigart’s, NEW BOOK—Dinner Rush: A Busy Parent’s Guide to Better Nutrition (with recipes)—which helps busy families get clear on good nutrition, and offers up some quick and easy recipes, too!
Chat with the author, check out the book, meet like-minded parents, enter to win a free dietary consultation…!!! RSVP HERE.
See you there!
AMELIA CAT DAY 2017
SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH 11AM – 8PM
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!
Exclusive Button Set!
celebrate galentine’s day with us!
saturday, february 13th, 10am
Join us at The Spiral Bookcase on February 13th at 10am for our inaugural Galentine’s Day celebration!
It’s time to celebrate all the ladies in our life – my dear beautiful, tropical fish! Wear that special outfit that makes you unstoppable and sashay to the shop!
Mingle with other remarkable local ladies, while enjoying coffee and some tasty treats. If you want to show off your sweet baking skills or your favorite local pastry – more treats are always welcome! Bonus points for waffles.
WHAT IS GALENTINE’S DAY?
The “ladies celebrating ladies” holiday on Feb. 13 honors friendships between women and was first introduced by Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope in a 2010 episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
So get down to the shop and TREAT YO SELF!
love story : open mic
friday, february 12th 5pm-8pm
Please join us for a special Valentine’s Day open mic. Bring your deliciously joyous, heart-breaking, and hilarious love stories to share. (If you are filled with angst, decry love in all forms, and can’t bear to write about such matters – well, you can join us too.)
Chris DiCicco is our special Arcadia MFA Alum guest of the evening – he will be reading from his newest collection : So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds, which will be available to purchase.
Sign up & Meet and Greet : 5pm – 6pm
Readings Begin : 6pm
Cozy up with Amelia the cat and a good book! We can’t wait to fall in love with your stories and poems! ?
The Great Cookie Swap & Cookie Contest : Sun, Dec 11th, 3-5pm
*Please note -this event is limited to 12 people. To participate please email email@example.com 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.
Win a chance to be the face of our Holiday Greeting Card, meet the infamous Krampus, and create a unforgettable holiday portrait!
HOLIDAY PORTRAITS : DEC. 22nd 5PM-8PM
Using fun props, a comfy chair, and a cat if you’d like, sit and have your photo taken. Bring your neighbors, your family, or pose alone in all your magnificence!
If we love your mug, you’ll be featured as the poster child for our Holiday Greeting Card & a $15 gift card. PS – If you make us laugh you’ll have a good chance of winning.
Saturday, December 5th, 7pm – 9pm
Hill + Nester + Ervin + Krampus
Join us and come listen to and hang out with three remarkable authors and one anti-Santa Claus. (Okay, Krampus may or may not actually attend our festivities.)
James Tate Hill is the author of Academy Gothic, winner of the 2014 Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. He serves as Fiction and Reviews Editor for the literary journal Monkeybicycle, an imprint of Dzanc Books. His fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, Sonora Review, The South Carolina Review, The Laurel Review, The Texas Review, and elsewhere. He holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University and an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he served as Fiction Editor of The Greensboro Review. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, he is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University. Currently he lives in Greensboro with his wife, Lori.
Daniel Nester is the author most recently of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press 2015). Previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), God Save My Queen I and II (Soft Skull, 2003 and 2004), and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2014), which he edited. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Morning News, The Rumpus, Best American Poetry, Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll, and Now Write! Nonfiction. He is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
Andrew Ervin grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and has lived in Budapest, Illinois, and Louisiana. He has a degree in philosophy and religion from Goucher College and completed his MFA in fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Southern Review, Fiction International, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his wife, flutist Elivi Varga. http://andrewervin.com/
The Spiral Bookcase loves Small Business Saturday!
Warm up with complimentary coffee & cookies. Special gifts for all customers and special promotional giveaways for one day only! Spend $50 – receive a Spiral Bookcase signature mug, $75 – decadent chocolates from local chocolatier John & Kira, $100 – a signed copy of Love: A Philadelphia Affair by Beth Kephart.
Join us at 330pm and meet special guest Thom Nickels. He will be signing copies of his must-have books Manayunk and Literary Philadelphia.
This Small Business Saturday and throughout the holidays shop our curated collection of used, new, and out-of-print books, & explore our gorgeous selection of gifts – we now carry jewelry, candles, crystals, tea, & much more!