Daily Archives: November 27, 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!