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The Spiral Salon for the Literary Insane


Ru Freeman – Book Club Discussion (OPEN TO ALL) & Signing


Tuesday, August 5th, 7pm

Ru Freeman, author of On Sal Mal Lane, will lead our next Book Club discussion on Tues, August 5th, 7pm.  Purchase or reserve your copy of On Sal Mal Lane ($16) now at the shop (215-482-0704). Enjoy a 10% off discount on all Book Club Selections.   

The event is open to all, whether or not you are a Book Club attendee or a lover of great literature.  Plan on joining in for an engaging and lively discussion, and get your book signed by Ms. Freeman at the end of the evening.  Wine and light refreshments included.


In the tradition of In the Time of the Butterflies and The Kite Runner, a tender, evocative novel about the years leading up to the Sri Lankan civil war.

On the day the Herath family moves in, Sal Mal Lane is still a quiet street, disturbed only by the cries of the children whose triumphs and tragedies sustain the families that live there. As the neighbors adapt to the newcomers in different ways, the children fill their days with cricket matches, romantic crushes, and small rivalries. But the tremors of civil war are mounting, and the conflict threatens to engulf them all.

In a heartrending novel poised between the past and the future, the innocence of the children—a beloved sister and her overprotective siblings, a rejected son and his twin sisters, two very different brothers—contrasts sharply with the petty prejudices of the adults charged with their care. In Ru Freeman’s masterful hands, On Sal Mal Lane, a story of what was lost to a country and her people, becomes a resounding cry for reconciliation.

Bio: Ru Freeman was born into a family of writers and many boys in Colombo, Sri Lanka. After a year of informal study at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, she arrived in the United States with a Parker ink pen and a box of Staedler pencils to attend Bates College in Maine. She completed her Masters in Labor Relations at the University of Colombo, and worked in the field of American and international humanitarian assistance and workers’ rights. Her political writing has appeared in English and in translation. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in VQR, Guernica, World Literature Today and elsewhere. She is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Yaddo. and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the author of the novel A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009), which was long-listed for the DCS Prize for South Asian Literature, and translated into several languages. Her new novel, On Sal Mal Lane, is published by Graywolf Press in 2013. She calls both Sri Lanka and America home and writes about the people and countries underneath her skin.

First Friday featuring Ryan Psota

ryan Claus and Artimus

Friday, August 1st, 6pm-9pm

Spiral is bringing FIRST FRIDAY BACK!  We are so excited to launch a new season of First Fridays featuring local artists.  To continue our 2014 series, please welcome – Ryan Psota!

Psota’s original, whimsical, and odd creations will be featured at Spiral for the month of August.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 1st.  All pieces will be available to purchase during the exhibit.  Wine and refreshments provided.   Drink some wine, meet the artist, and go home with the best artwork in existence.  Win. Win. WIN!

Bio:  Ryan Psota is an illustrator/designer living in Philadelphia, PA.  He received his BFA from the University of the Arts where he studied illustration. His inspirations include urban art, nature, lasers, old man skin, pyramids, ancient scrolls, ornate sweaters, seaweed, and the aurora borealis.

Kids’ Day & Farmers’ Market at Pretzel Park


Saturday, August 16th, 10am-2pm

The Spiral Bookcase is happy to bring you a special story time in Pretzel Park : held during the wonderfully delicious Farmers’ Market*. Starting at 10:30am 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.   We also have a special guest who will be joining in on the fun!  Melissa Kenney will be on hand to create personalized portraits and artwork for attendees.  She has been a featured artist at Spiral, and we know you will fall in love with her fairy tale inspired artwork.

*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.