Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Head & The Hand Reading and Soiree

rbrThurs., August 29th  7pm – 9pm

We are excited to welcome local press The Head and The Hand into the shop to celebrate the release of the Rust Belt Rising Almanac.

The evening will feature readings by Almanac contributors Liz Kerr, M. Angelo Mena and Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, as well as press founder Nic Esposito.

There will be plenty of books to go around and you will have the chance to talk with staff about the editorial process and production of their first anthology. Light Refreshments will be provided.  Don’t miss it!

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Story Time in Pretzel Park!


Pretzel Park : Saturday, August 24th, 1030am-11am

The Spiral Bookcase is happy to bring you a special story time in Pretzel Park : held during the wonderfully new and delicious Farmers’ Market*. Storyteller Amanda will be reading a selection of great kids’ books and leading a sing a long. We will be setting up in Pretzel Park on a comfy quilt. Bring a blanket, grab something good to eat, and join us!  We hope to see you there!

Directly following the readings is a free kids’ dance lesson with Christa from Merge Dance Studio.  What could be more fun?!

*The Farmers’ Market is the newest initiative from the Manayunk Roxborough Food Co-Op.  We are strong supporters of the Co-Op and you can be too – join the movement on facebook : Manayunk Roxborough Food Co-Op.

August Salon

Ernest Hemingway and Others in Spain

                                               AUGUST SALON                                              THURS, AUG. 22ND, 7PM-10PM

Join us for our next Salon!

We love putting together an eclectic and entertaining line-up and this month I think we outdid ourselves – New book releases! Poetry! Crazy, colorful artwork! Weirdo music stylings!

I ask you – Where else can you go for this kind of entertainment?! So, mark your calendars and prepare to discover new talent and chat with kindred spirits during this literary extravaganza!

Featuring :
Joshua Isard – Joshua’s book Conquistador of the Useless (Cinco Puntos Press) is hot off the presses. He will be reading excerpts from his book, answer your burning questions about the writing process, and sign copies of the book. Books will be available for purchase.

Veronica Bowlan, host of a monthly poetry night at the Mermaid Inn, will be reading her original work. She will also be discussing the recently published Philadelphia Poetry Anthology.

Brian Biggs, creator of the most popular children’s books we sell in the shop, will discuss and showcase his fun and colorful illustrations. He will also be providing the music for the night – you may be surprised at what you hear.

Joshua Isard grew up in the Philadelphia area, earned his BA in English at Temple University, and then went on to study creative writing at the University of Edinburgh and literature at University College London. He is the author of the novel Conquistador of the Useless (Cinco Puntos Press 2013), and his short stories have recently appeared in The Broadkill Review, Press 1, StoryChord, and Northwind. He is currently the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife, two cats, and baby daughter.

Brian Biggs was born in Arkansas in 1968, moved to Texas in 1979, fled to New York City in 1987 to attend Parsons School of Design, lived in Paris France for a few years, ran away to San Francisco in 1993, and since 1999 he has lived in Philadelphia. He works in an old garage.
He has worked as an art director and graphic designer, animator for interactivity and multimedia projects, teacher, writer, and illustrator. He has written and drawn comics and graphic novels, designed publications, and illustrated for many many magazines and newspapers. He illustrates children’s books; for magazines, newspapers, and advertising; posters, toys and puzzles. He also works with animation, music, and various other media. Examples of all this stuff can be found on this site.

Veronica o. Bowlan is a Philadelphia poet who uses the experiences of life and the spoken word to shape her writing. She is interested in how sharing our experiences through words helps build creative and lasting human connections. She has been published in Moonstone Poetry Ink and Anthology Philly Poetry Edition 2012. She hosts a monthly Poetry Night at the Mermaid Inn in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia PA.