Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Story of Bill “Ready” Cash – Discussion with Al Hunter

On Thursday, Dec. 13th, 7pm-830pm we welcome Al Hunter into the shop. Al Hunter will be discussing his book Thou Shalt Not Steal, the fascinating story of Bill “Ready” Cash, catcher for the Negro League’s Philadelphia Stars from 1943 to 1950.

Cash was raised in the Elmwood section of Philadelphia (also known as “The Meadows”) where he developed his love for baseball. Cash went on to be named to the Negro League’s prestigious East-West All Star Team in 1948 and 1949. Cash also played in Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Canada.

In Thou Shalt Not Steal, Cash recalls playing against greats such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, “Cool Papa” Bell, Hank Aaron, and Roy Campanella; the discrimination he faced on and off the field; the challenges of raising a family while playing ball; and the struggles that he, and other African Americans faced as they fought for their civil rights in the twentieth century. The book recently won the Robert Peterson Recognition Award from the Society for American Baseball Research’s Negro Leagues Committee Sadly, Cash, who co-authored his book with Hunter, died just three months before it was published. He was 92.

Bio: Hunter, a journalist for 28 years, is a former reporter and editorial writer for The Philadelphia Daily News. He was also editorial consultant for Grammy award-winning singer Dionne Warwick’s autobiography, My Life, As I See It, released in 2010.

Rosemont College Writers’ Salon

Thursday, December 6th, 7pm – 830pm 

We are very pleased to welcome seven local authors from Rosemont College for this very special Local Authors Night.

This reading is a culmination of the fall semester novel revision class at Rosemont College. Monica Anderson, Tori Bond, Chelsea Covington Maass, Heather Fix, Molly Lazer, and Mitchell Sommers will read from their works-in-progress. You won’t want to miss this event—there is something for everyone, from historical fiction to steampunk!

First Friday with Local Artist Mary Agnes Williams

Friday, December 7th, 6pm-9pm

For the next First Friday in Manayunk, we are happy to feature artist Mary Agnes Williams. We are hosting a reception to launch the month-long showing of Mary Agnes’s gorgeous pin-hole photography. All photographs will be available to purchase. Refreshments will be provided. Come on out and support local talent!

Artist Statement:
Pinhole photography appeals to me because it is simple and direct (no lens or view finder), but can yield complex images. Pinhole allows me to explore and create mystery and ambiguity – in many of my photographs the images appear to be emerging from, or about to enter, another time or place. I have used pinhole cameras exclusively for 20 years, whether traveling throughout the South, to Italy, or closer to home, in Manayunk, where the iconic bridge over the Schuylkill River has been a constant source of inspiration and pleasure.

My pinhole photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions and are in private and public collections including Oberlin College and Temple University. I collaborate with my husband, Thomas Parker Williams, on artist books featuring my pinhole photographs.

Tis the Season – Perfect Holiday Gifts!

The holidays are upon us, and now is the time to find that special gift for your loved ones.  Besides books, I am happy to carry a gorgeous array of gifts this season.  Here are my seven gift picks from the shop!

1)  The Spiral Bookcase Mugs:  $8.00  – Perfect to ward against the winter chill- fill with tea, coffee, or brandy, repeat.


2) Book Ornaments: $10.00 – Hand-made with love by The Spiral Bookcase.  Specifically, inventor and craftsman extraordinaire – Adam.  These gorgeous ornaments will look perfect in your house year-round.  Write a special message inside.


3) Book Necklaces:  $42.00 – $54.00 – Made by Philadelphia duo Peg and Awl.  Impossibly adorable books made with impeccable craftsmanship from reclaimed leather.


4) Holiday Cards: $4.00 – $8.50 – Made by Portland artist Quill & Fox.  Eye-catching and endearing, these cards are perfect holiday keepsakes.


5) 1820 House Candles:  $20.00 – Hand-poured in Ohio.  Fill your house with these glorious seasonal scents.  My favorites (today) – Elemental Winter and Dark Cocoa with Peppermint. (pic courtesy of 1820 House)

6) Moleskine Journals:  $8.95 – $19.95 – The quintessential notebook for drawing, note-taking, or  starting the next great American novel.  (They will be in the shop very soon!)

7) The Spiral Bookcase Gift Certificates:  $1.00 – $100.00 (or more) – A gift certificate is a perfect gift for a book lover.  They can browse our ever-changing stock and pick out the perfect books to enhance their personal library.  A favorite pick for the hard-to-shop-for.

There you have it, seven special gifts for this holiday season.  Up next – my holiday book recommendations.

Happy Reading!


Book Signing and Discussion with Erin Owen

Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 7pm-830pm

On Weds, Nov. 28th, we welcome author Erin Owen to the shop to promote her newest book, Recharge, Refuel, and Re-energize: The Conscious Entrepreneur’s Guide to Taking Back Control of Your Time and Energy. The perfect book for everyone who works too hard and need to take a step back from their hectic schedules.

By experimenting with the performance secrets shared in Recharge, Refuel, and Re-energize, you will experience that “ahhhhh” feeling that comes from melting away stress, refocusing your energy, and refueling your spirit.

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Small Business Saturday – Nov. 24th

On Small Business Saturday, we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

 Join us from 10am-9pm Nov. 24th for fun promotions throughout the day to say -Thank you for supporting your local indie bookstore! We would not be here if you did not shop here. Please remember how valued you are to our business and the countless other small businesses that are here because of you!

Saturday, November 24, 2012 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Main St. Manayunk is the perfect place to shop Small Business Saturday – The street is lined with eclectic indie shops who are not only celebrating their own small businesses on this day, but the patrons that support them. Please join us here in Manayunk and support your local small businesses!

Beechwood Writers’ Salon

Please join us Friday, November 16 at 7 PM for our first Beechwood Writers’ Workshop reading. This special free event will feature authors who are participating in the Beechwood Writers’ Workshop at the shop. Refreshments will be provided.

Find out more about the Beechwood Writers’ here.  We hope to see you there!

Thursday Night – Local Author Night!

Thursday, Nov 15th, 7pm-830pm

This fall we are launching a weekly author series! Thursday evenings throughout the fall and early winter we are hosting a bevy of wonderful authors in the shop!

Thursday, Nov. 15th, we welcome Gregg Feistman into the shop! Gregg will be sharing his newest book The War Merchants. We hope you can join us for this special event!
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Peg and Awl Book Necklaces

I’ve had my eye on Peg and Awl book necklaces and beautiful handmade goods for years.  I am so excited to now carry a gorgeous selection of their ever-popular book necklaces and small Chalk Tablets.

I first came across their artistry on the Anthropologie website – selling an incredible multi-strand book necklace.  I was smitten.  However, my budget did not allow for such a sweet treat.  Fortunately, I found, they have perfect little single book necklaces.  Even better – their goods are handmade in Philly.  (Local Love!)

Autumnal Library Book Necklace - Courtesy of Peg and Awl

For this holiday season, I wanted to stock the shop with some of my favorite gift items.  Their necklaces were unquestionably a good match.  The books come in small, medium, and large and are made with recycled materials – from old leather sofas and deer hide to the more secretive “a mysterious arrival.”

I am so pleased to stock these incredible pieces from the well-respected Philadelphia duo – Peg and Awl.  Now in the shop – just in time for the holiday season.  (We ship too!)

The Waterboys

Sunday, November 11th, 8pm, World Cafe Live

I love working outside events.  We’ve been asked to work at The Three Stooges yearly conference, the Mutter Museum, literary conferences, and musical venues.  This weekend, we have a chance to work with World Cafe Live (one of my favorite venues) and promote Mike Scott’s new book:  Adventures of a Waterboy.  

I don’t know how you got through life in the 1980s and early 90s without listening to or knowing about The Waterboys – the heyday of the band.  But, if you did miss out, it’s not too late.  Go out, buy an album and give it a go.

I don’t even remember how or why I started getting interested in The Waterboys, I just knew that I thoroughly enjoyed their music.  So, when we were offered a chance to help promote Mike Scott’s new autobiography and get involved with the show, well, I could barely contain my excitement.  I still haven’t figured out how to express glee on a blog – would it be !!!! or *&$@ or wooooooweeeeee?  In any case, I’m thrilled – the books are packed and I’m ready to go.  I’m even listening to The Waterboys right now, prepping for the show.

***If you are holding an outside event and need someone to handle book sales, please give me a ring:  215-482-0704.    We are professional, courteous, prompt, and we love what we do.  I always take care of event booking, and I am there to sell the books directly to your audience.


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