Monthly Archives: September 2012

Beechwood Writers’ Workshop!

We are so happy to host the Beechwood Writers’ Workshop this fall!   Sign up here, session starts on Weds., Oct. 3rd.

Beechwood Writers’ Workshop welcomes writers of all levels who are interested in developing fiction and/or memoir in a supportive, creative environment within a small group. BWW is led by published novelist and essayist Elise A. Miller.

We meet once a week for six weeks. Each meeting lasts three hours. Writers create on the spot using writing prompts gathered from a variety of sources, then share and discuss these exercises. After a short break, two participants workshop previously written pieces with the group.

The price is $240. That boils down to a little over $13 an hour, in which participants learn the most effective way to critique one another’s work as well as their own. Writers receive editorial and story help, a heavy toolbox of writing skills, and a creative boost within a supportive community.

Additional time is allotted to pow-wow about publishing opportunities, contests and networking strategies, if publishing is your goal.


STREAT Food Festival!

We will be celebrating the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival all day on Saturday, September 29.  Enjoy 15 % off your purchase the entire day, and enjoy live music on Cotton Street.  Take time browse the selection of food trucks and vendors on Main St., and be sure to stop by the local shops for fun promotions!

What better way to spend an early fall Saturday than to stroll Main Street in Manayunk eating and shopping your way along the street?

Maine – Where inspiration strikes

My trip to Maine was inspirational and relaxing.  It was nice to take a breath and step away for a couple of days.

My idea of heaven (besides a bookshop).

I am ridiculously in love with the ocean – especially the New England coast.  So, waking up to the crashing waves, rain or shine, was bliss.

I swam in the icy ocean, read War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells and The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch, took longs walks on the beach, ate many many lobster rolls, went antiquing, and had some great talks with my mom, dad, and great aunt.

Nubble Lighthouse, York, ME

I also spent a lot of time scheming.  I kept a little notepad around, to jot down all the little ideas I have for the shop. SO MANY IDEAS!  Ah, vacation brain is so free and open.

One idea materialized as I was visiting bookstores in the area.  It must be said that I ADORE bookstores.  Surprising, eh?  For me the only feeling that rivals stepping into a used or new independent bookstore would be the gleeful awareness of waking up on Christmas morning.   The anticipation!  The books waiting – The time slowing.   It still happens, every. single. time.

I am completely appreciative that I can create that kind of experience for my friends, family, and customers that walk through my door.  I am completely appreciative of the other folks who can create that experience for me.

The Crow Bookshop, Burlington, VT. One of my favorites. Still an absolute joy to visit. (Pic courtesy of

So, I am starting a series documenting all of the brick-and-mortar independent bookstores that I come across; a way to support my literary kin and a way to bring their singular and special bookstores right to you.   My new series – The Keepers – will share glimpses of American bookstores through notes and pictures.   I hope you’ll come along for the ride!

Stay tuned…

Gallery Opening featuring Amy Gardner Sessa

Friday, September 7th, 6pm-9pm

For the next First Friday in Manayunk, we are happy to feature artist Amy Gardner Sessa. We are hosting a reception to launch the month-long showing of Amy’s eclectic art -a selection of mosaics, work with found objects, and photographs- at The Spiral Bookcase. Refreshments will be provided. Come on out and support local talent! RSVP here.

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Barrelhouse Conference, Sat., Sept 22nd

We are so excited to be involved with this year’s Barrelhouse Conference set for Saturday, September 22nd.  Barrelhouse is a pop culture-obsessed literary magazine based in Washington, DC that publishes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  This conference is a fun, non-traditional look into the world of writing, editing, and publishing.  Hob-nob with like-minded folks and have a chance to learn from the best in the business.  

Barrelhouse kindly asked us if we would be interested in joining the event to sell copies of the keynote speaker’s, Stewart O’Nan, recent publications.  Back in April of 2011 we were proud to host Mr. O’Nan at the Philadelphia Book Festival, and we are so happy for the chance to work with him again.  So, sign up now (check out the info below) and join us for this highly anticipated event.