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Live from the Spiral Bookcase in Manayunk!


This week: Our first-ever live podcast event! We recorded an entire show live, in front of actual humans, at The Spiral Bookcase, a great indie bookstore in Manayunk, just outside Center City Philadelphia and only a couple blocks from Tom’s ancestral home. We talked to Ann Tetreault (owner of said bookstore), Joey Sweeney (musician, writer, proprietor of, Katherine Hill (fan favorite, author of The Violet Hour) and Lee Klein (author of Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck, and The Shimmering Go-Between).


Topics on the menu included: what it’s like to run an indie bookstore in 2014, Philadelphia’s culture of complaint, the sometimes annoying ways in which people use Kickstarter, Philadelphia’s upcoming 215 Literary Festival, the Washington Football Team, the ups and downs of being a first-time author, unicorn ties, and what to do when Marilynne Robinson doesn’t like your book about auto-fellation.


Also, Joey played us some music! And there was an awesome cat!

Sadly, you can’t hear the cat. You can, however, hear the rest of us. As usual, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or download the mp3 file and do with it what you will. You can also check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free!) and never miss another installment. If you like the show, come on back next week for a new episode, and tell your friends. Thanks for listening!


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Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

3 thoughts on “Live from the Spiral Bookcase in Manayunk!

  1. I had a lot of fun attending this show and it was great to meet you guys in person! (I was the guy in the green shirt and blue jacket that asked the question about your favorite and least favorite episodes.)

  2. I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty discouraging that no even questioned what we’re some pretty questionable comments by Katherine Hill. It’s one thing to say the Redskins situation is complicated. It totally is! It’s quite another to say it was created by the media. I don’t claim to be an expert on the situation at all, but that’s a pretty offensive oversimplification of a fight native groups have been waging for over forty years:

  3. Hey Michael – it was great to finally meet you after all your support for the show! I hope you’re using the BF koozie in good health.

    Mark – you’re right. Mike and I talked about it a bit afterward and realized that we cut the Katherine segment way too short in general– we’d wanted to talk to her about teaching in a prison and we should have pushed her on the Redskins thing more. I’m pretty much in your boat, but I guess we both backed off for fear of seeming like a gotcha podcast? I feel sort of bad, anyway, that Katherine is the only one who was forced to answer questions about hot-button political issues, even if I probably don’t agree with her.

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