Monthly Archives: March 2012

First Friday in Manayunk – Gallery Opening and Book Launch of Dugout Phunnies #4

Friday, April 6th, 6-9pm

Join us for First Friday in Manayunk, featuring the artwork of David Jablow, Roxborough artist and co-creator of Dugout Phunnies.  We are hosting a reception to launch the month-long showing of David’s art at The Spiral Bookcase, as well as celebrating the release of Dugout Phunnies, Issue 4!  Original artwork and Dugout Phunnies, Issues 1-4 will be available for purchase.

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Manayunk Author Brian Biggs at the Roxborough Library!

Wednesday, April 4th, 630pm

The Spiral Bookcase is happy to join Brian Biggs at the Roxborough Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia for this event.  We will be there selling copies of Everything Goes, The Boy Who Cried Alien, and other books, and Brian will be talking about how he makes his drawings and books and answering questions.  Email us to reserve your copies now!

Merger Games Lecture at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Wednesday, April 4th, 630pm

We are happy to be the official bookseller for this upcoming discussion at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia!  Detailed information below.

Speaker: Judith P. Swazey, PhD, independent scholar and an Adjunct Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health es: The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University, and the Rise and Fall of the Allegheny Healthcare System by Judith P. Swazey (Temple University Press, 2011) is the riveting story of the ill-fated merger between Allegheny Healthcare System and Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University. The case remains a controversial and highly-debated landmark in academic medicine mergers to this day. Join us as we host the author discussing her book and sharing her insight on this historic event.

Sponsored by the College and its Section on Medical History

Click here to register!

Young Writers Take the Park!


Saturday, March 24th, 3pm-6pm                                                                   Location: Pretzel Park, Manayunk – Street and Lot Parking available.

On March 24th, The Spiral Bookcase celebrates young writers in the area with this inaugural event in Pretzel Park!

The day will feature:

1) Readings from award-winning young writers.

2) Authors Beth KephartA.S. KingApril LindnerElizabeth Mosier, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti.   A variety of their books will be available for purchase and they will be available to sign copies during the early part of the event.

3) Performances by local bands: Melrose Q and Evan’s Orphanage.

4) Christine Weiser from Philadelphia Stories will be sharing information about this local publication and copies will be available.

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NeverEnding Stories – The March Edition

The joy of running a bookshop is the joy of of always discovering books that I need to read.   I was always one of those people (I prefer the term ‘gently mad’ as coined by Nicholas Basbanes) who would buy at least three books a week, slowly stock-piling and collecting.  I loved touching the covers and contemplating for long stretches of time which of them were coming home with me.

The joy of visiting bookshops and the joy of selecting new and secondhand books for my shop is a tactile, deep time, where I lose everything else.  The book holds its sway.  Now, I would like to share monthly lists of new and secondhand books that I plan on reading and collecting for my personal library in 2012.  Read on!

All books are now -or soon to be- in the shop.  I also am happy to ship to our out-of-town friends!

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The Spiral Book Club on

We are happy to present our new book club, The Spiral Book Club.   Join us!  Right now the group is limited to 10 participants, but if there is enough interest, I will form another meet up time for others interested!  Be sure to RSVP if you are interested in attending.  I can’t wait to meet and discuss books with you!

Poetry Reading with Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Friday, March 9th, 6pm

Roxborough author, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will read from her latest collection Images of Being. Books are available in the shop now. We hope to see you there!

Her work has been published widely in the small and electronic press. She is currently the poetry editor of The Fox Chase Review.

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