Manayunk: The Spiral Bookcase

Temple student John Shortino reads his short story in front of a capitvated audience.

The Spiral Bookcase, an independent bookstore at 112 Cotton St., welcomed local author Tom McAllister on Saturday to discuss his recent book Bury Me in My Jersey—a memoir detailing the events of a fanatical Philadelphia Eagles’ fan and a tribute to his father.

Ann Tetreault, who founded the store last July, tries to host events as often as possible to celebrate the importance of local writers in the community. The store embodies the heart and soul of an industry that once had behemoths not threatened by technological and culturally shifts. Borders, a national bookstore chain, filed for bankruptcy protection last week amid a season of declining sales for the retailer.

“We have received such a warm reception,” Tetreault said. “Many people mention how happy they are to see a bookstore in this area.”

Writers in the bookstore shared Tetreault’s enthusiasm as they huddled around a humorous and humble McAllister reading passages from his memoir.

Author Tom McAllister prepares to read a passage from his newest book.

Other writers, including John Shortino, a student at Temple University, read aloud short stories that attracted people to the shop as they passed by.

“[People] enjoy our specific selection and enjoy the overall feel of the shop,” Tetreault said. “So far, it’s been a wonderful experience.”

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