Monthly Archives: December 2011

“Upper Darby” Book Signing

Saturday, January 7th, 2012, 1pm-3pm

Authors Beverly Rorer and Barbara Marinelli will be promoting their new book “Upper Darby.” As one of the historic hometown series- Images of America, published by Arcadia, it is a must for local history buffs. We hope to see you here!
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Book signing with author Christine Schmidt

Saturday, December 17th, 230-430pm

Christine Schmidt, pictured on the left, sold a blockbuster drug for a top global pharmaceutical company. That drug was later removed from the market . . . but why . . . Check out her novel “Death of a Drug” when she visits our store on Saturday, December 17 from 2:30 to 4:30. Christine had family ties in Manayunk when her great-grandmother lived here. She used to walk to church and bakeries and stroll along the riverside with her great Aunt Mary, who had possibly the most beautiful flower garden in her backyard in all of Manayunk.

Read Local

Here in Philadelphia, we are very lucky to have a wealth of wonderful authors at our fingertips.   Find these great books here in the shop, and keep an eye out for upcoming book signings and author events.  (Please note that these are in no particular order.)

1.) Extraordinary Renditions by Andrew ErvinThree interlinking novellas, set in Budapest, reciting the lives of three expatriates.  Extraordinary Renditions is tough and sympathetic; combining music, love, war, and tension into a beautiful debut novel.  Visit his website:
2.) Sleight by Kirsten Kaschock

Welcome to the imagined world of sleight, an interdisciplinary art form that combines elements of dance, architecture, acrobatics, and spoken word.  Kaschock’s debut novel follows the lives of two sisters, Clef and Lark.  An intense, oppositional, melodic, and ultimately very rewarding read. Visit her website:

3.) Manayunk by Thom NickelsThe must-have book for those who were born and raised in Manayunk, or those who now call Manayunk home.  If you don’t have one on your shelf, now’s the time to pick one up!  One of our best-sellers!
4.) Roxborough by Deborah Del Collo for the Roxborough, Manayunk, and Wissahickon Historical Society.The newest local addition for the iconic neighborhood series published through Images of America.  For the natives, visitors, and Philly history buffs.  Chock full of information and archival photos of Roxborough.


Metal Rules The Globe – book signing with Jeremy Wallach and Paul D. Greene

A limited number of signed copies are still available – contact us for details!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012, 6-8pm

We welcome Jeremy Wallach and Paul D. Greene, editors of a new collection of essays on heavy metal around the world, “Metal Rules the Globe.”  This collection of engaging and insightful essays explores the identity and meaning behind heavy metal scenes that thrive in cultures around the world.  Jeremy Wallach is an anthropologist and associate professor in the Bowling Green State University Department of Popular Culture.  Paul D. Greene is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Integrative Arts at Pennsylvania State University’s Brandywine Campus.

Book Signing with local author J. L. Manning

Saturday, December 10th, 3pm-5pm

Join us in welcoming local author J. L. Manning to the shop.   We are celebrating the release of his newest book, The Night Watchman. Mr. Manning draws on his own personal experiences and created a thriller with heart.  Visit his website here:
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Book Signing with Legendary Jazz Guitarist Pat Martino

Sunday, December 11th, 2-4pm, Book Signing and Q & A

The Spiral Bookcase is celebrating the release of Here and Now!: The Autobiography of Pat Martino.  Written with jazz journalist Bill Milkowski, legendary jazz guitar master Pat Martino tells the remarkable story of his comeback from a brain aneurysm that took  his memory and nearly took his life. Continue reading

Victoria & Astral:The Collage of Greg Ephemera Trout-Opening Reception

Friday, December 2nd, 5-9pm

Join us for First Friday in Manayunk, featuring the clever and eye-catching collage art of Greg Ephemera Trout.  Friday, December 2nd, we are hosting a reception to launch the month-long showing of Greg’s art at The Spiral Bookcase.  Opening night will feature brand new work for the show, and all pieces will be available for purchase.
As a special gift, twelve original limited edition bookmarks will be included with purchases of Greg’s work on a first-come, first serve basis.  Light refreshments will be available.

Book signing and discussion with author Barbara Morrison

Sunday, December 4th, 2-4pm

Barbara Morrison will be reading from her memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, and also talking about some things to consider when writing a memoir.

Bio: B. Morrison is the author of a poetry collection entitled Here at Least and a memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother. She leads writing workshops and is active in several writing organizations. Her work has won multiple awards and has been published in magazines such as The Sun, Sin Fronteras, Scribble, and Tiny Lights.   Visit her website: to learn more.