Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Inventions of R. Noel Shaak – FIRST FRIDAY

First Friday, December 5th, 6pm – 9pm


For the next First Friday in Manayunk, we are happy to feature artist R. Noel Shaak. We are hosting a reception to launch the month-long showing of Shaak’s brilliant and intricate creations.  All prints & originals will be available to purchase. For the holidays – Shaak’s limited edition greeting cards will also be available in-store.  (Who wouldn’t want an opossum clothed in a striped jumper peeking out behind a Charlie Brown tree?)

Refreshments will be provided. Come on out and support local talent!

Artist Bio: I am an artist and illustrator in Philadelphia. My drawings are a journey of discovery fueled by the riches of the earth and the anticipation of a new beginning. My work is guided by my belief that the world’s vast expanse of diversity is the truest sense of ‘surrealism’ and often the more bizarre, the more beautiful; I explore this concept and stretch found and imagined realities into new, incredibly detailed worlds for reflection and contemplation.

From 2009-2011 I showed and sold work through my fellowship with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists CDP. Through this program, my work displayed at the Moore College of Art and Design—Philadelphia, PA, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts—Pittsburgh, PA and Middlesex County College—Middlesex, NJ. In 2008, I won a juried art exhibition at Mike’s Famous in Symrna, DE. In 2007, 20 pieces of my work were displayed in a solo show at Azure in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia with a capacity turnout. In 1999, I illustrated a book cover for a published poetry book (‘I am simple’). Having completed my fellowship in the CFEVA program, I am now seeking further opportunities to show and promote my art, both locally and afar.

Born in Reading, PA in 1976, I began drawing at two-years-old with incredible attention to detail and have continued ever since. I was recognized at a very early age and find unlimited inspiration for my art in nature. Also a horticulturist, nature is a dominant influence in all of my work.

Small Business Saturday & Author Takeover!


Small Business Saturday : Nov. 29th : 10am – 9pm

Be sure to put The Spiral Bookcase on your calendar because we are going all out to celebrate books, authors and our dear customers!

We will be celebrating Indies First – a new bookstore initiative that asks local authors to become a bookseller-for-a-day at their local bookshops. An exciting opportunity to mingle with great authors, get top-notch recommendations, and start stockpiling for the holidays. (See schedule below.)

Also – take advantage of our special in-store deals:
spend $25 – get a special SHOP SMALL Tote Bag
spend $50 – get a $5 coupon
spend $100 – get a $15 coupon
spend $150 – get a $25 coupon

Coffee and seasonal treats will be available to fill your belly while you browse our selection of new & used books, literary gifts, candles, jewelry, artwork, and more.

Schedule for INDIES FIRST

10am-12pm :Andrew Ervin a phenomenal writer,critic & reader, author of Extraordinary Renditions, and the forth-coming Burning Down George Orwell’s House. 
12pm-2pm: The Head and The Hand Press TAKEOVER!
Founder & Author Nic Esposito & Author Wint Huskey will be in the shop. THTH is a local Philly press that celebrates innovative authors and community supported publishing.
2pm-4pm: Marie-Helene Bertino – author of staff favorite : Safe as Houses and the newly minted 2a.m. at the Cat’s Pajama’s ( a perfect Xmas gift ) & Ted Dodson – a poet from Brooklyn and editor of the original and inventive Futurepoem.

4pm-6pm: Josh Isard – author of the brash and witty Conquistador of the Useless, & mentor of up-and-coming authors as director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Arcadia University.

Be sure to check out our other holiday events!
GATHER + SHOP + GIVE : Holidays at Spiral



Monday : 10am – 5pm
Tues, Weds, Thurs : 10am – 8pm
Friday, Saturday : 10am-9pm
Sunday : 10am – 7pm


 events : (see our weekly promotions below!):

(click on each link to discover more–check back as links are added!) 
Friday, Nov. 28th : 10am – 9pm
Black Friday 
Pick up a coupon at the shop to enjoy  20% off any one book on Black Friday. 
Saturday, Nov. 29th : 10am – 9pm
Authors become booksellers-for-a-day to help YOU find perfect books to get & give. Grab special in-store deals and load up on coffee and seasonal treats.
Friday, Dec. 5th : 6pm – 9pm
We love Shaak’s brilliant & intricate designs.   Prints will be available for sale as well as one-of-a-kind holiday cards.
Saturday, Dec. 6th : 10am – 9pm
Brian Biggs, local children’s book author & illustrator will be on-site for a drawing lesson.  Buy & Give : With every book purchase, we will donate one gently used children’s book to North Light Community Center. 
Friday, Dec 12th : 6pm – 9pm
Grab a glass of wine, unwind, & enjoy a special night kid-free.  (Dads welcome too!)
Saturday, Dec. 13th : 3pm – 5pm
A great holiday tradition – bring, share, and keep an assortment of cookies.  The baker of the best cookie (chosen by our Spiral Staff) will win a special prize! 
Friday, Dec. 19th : 6pm – 9pm
Solstice Party 



Every Tuesday in December (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd) :
Enjoy 15% off your entire purchase 
Wednesdays in December (3rd, 10th, 17th) :
Storytime at 1pm 
Thursdays in December (4th, 11th, 18th) :
Holiday Portraits : 6pm – 9pm 
Saturdays in December (6th, 13th, 20th) :
Tea & Cookies (first come, first serve)



now aren’t you glad you have a neighborhood, independent bookstore?  ENJOY!