Monthly Archives: March 2014

Asymptote’s Global Celebration in Philly!


We are happy to be joining Asymptote as a bookseller for their 3rd Anniversary Celebration on March 29th, 630pm-9pm.  PRE-ORDER FEATURED BOOKS. 

The event, hosted by Interviews Editor Matt Jakubowski, will feature a vocal performance by the Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble and readings by award-winning translator Vincent Kling (Schlegel-Tieck Prize), author Katherine Hill (The Violet Hour), author Ken Kalfus (Equilateral), and author Hilary Plum (They Dragged Them Through the Streets).

Asymptote is an exciting new international journal dedicated to literary translation and bringing together in one place the best in contemporary writing. We are interested in encounters between languages and the consequences of these encounters. Though a translation may never fully replicate the original in effect (thus our name, “asymptote”: the dotted line on a graph that a mathematical function may tend towards but never reach), it is in itself an act of creation.

Read their latest journal HERE.

Small Press Night featuring: Jeffrey Condran & Mason Radkoff

SATURDAY, MARCH 22nd, 7pm-9pm

Jeffrey Condran & Mason Radkoff

printing press

JEFFREY CONDRAN, author of A FINGERPRINT REPEATED (Press 53), and MASON RADKOFF, author of THE HEART OF JUNE (Braddock Avenue Books) will be joining us for a reading, discussion, & signing.

At the Spiral, we enjoy seeking out books that we know you will love, but might not know about. We are continually blown away by the new voices that we discover through Small Press publications. Join us for SMALL PRESS NIGHT and discover something new, something off the beaten path, something good. You’ll be glad you did.

All events are BYOB.

“Well, it’s about time you showed up, young man. I was foolishly beginning to think you’d found gainful employment elsewhere.” – The Heart of June

“…if you’re not prepared to destroy your life, you’re not prepared to live.” – A Fingerprint Revealed

Jeffrey Condran’s fiction has been honored with several awards, including The Missouri Review’s William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He teaches writing and literature at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is the co-founder of Braddock Avenue Books.

Shortlisted for the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition, Mason Radkoff’s heartfelt and often times wry novel “The Heart of June” features emotion and maturity seldom seen in debut work. He lives and writes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where, before becoming a novelist, he restored old houses, and still pounds nails on occasion. He does his best thinking with tools in his hands.

Arcadia Salon



For this special March Salon, three students from the Arcadia University MFA program in creative writing present their stories and poems. 

Introducing Maddie Weinland, Nick Gregorio, & Shauna-Maria Andolina

Nick Gregorio lives, writes, and teaches in Philadelphia.  He holds a BA in English Literature and an M.Ed from Chestnut Hill College.  He is currently enrolled in Arcadia University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, plays in two area punk rock bands, and harbors a rather intense predilection for print media.

Shauna-Maria Andolina was born and raised in State College, PA where she earned her bachelor’s degree at Penn State, University Park. She is currently an Arcadia University Master of Fine Arts student in the Creative Writing, where she studies poetry. She is also a Graduate Assistant and a certified athletic coach in the Lower Merion School District and coach for Arcadia’s Cheerleading team. Shauna-Maria is very excited to share her writings that are influenced by family and previous academic studies.

Maddie Weinland got her BA in English and History from Denison University before getting her MA in English from Arcadia University. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and often sets her fiction in the midwest. When she’s not writing, she works in the psychology department at The College of New Jersey.

Special guest Daniel DiFranco will be providing the music for the evening.

First Friday featuring Melissa Kenney



Friday, March 7th, 6pm-9pm

For the next First Friday in Manayunk, join us for Journeys : an opening reception featuring the paper art of Melissa Kenney.  This encore show will feature artwork  inspired by The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, and The Dark Tower.  Melissa’s art will be available for purchase in the shop during the month of March

Bio: Melissa Kenney is a graduate of Edinboro University with a BFA in Drawing and Wood Furniture. Her work is inspired by narrative and draws imagery from experiences in her life and stories she’s read. This show draws inspiration from three epic journeys and presents their themes and symbolism in a graphic minimalist style using a paper cutout technique.