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Best Bookish Week in NYC: July 27th - 31st

Photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Even though NYC will be in the midst of a heat wave next week, there are still plenty of cool literary events to attend. This week offers the opportunity to celebrate a ton of debut novelists, the chance to see cool art, as well as to learn about niche musical subcultures. Make sure to tweet at us (@QuirkBooks) to let us know where you went!

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6 Must-Read Books Featuring Transgender Protagonists

If Caitlyn Jenner has taught us anything in the short time since she transitioned, it is that the world is very much ready to discuss, and hopefully embrace, the transgender community. From Laverne Cox on Orange Is The New Black to Jenner’s Diane Sawyer interview and reality show, transgender individuals—and particularly trans*women—have never been more represented in television. And we have a feeling the publishing world is soon to follow. Before we see a boom in much-deserved transgender books hitting the shelves, we thought we’d take a moment to point out the trailblazers who are already out there.

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Highlights from Quirk's #Twinning Party

Quirky Twin Powers Activate! Highlights from our July party, where the theme was #Twinning

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Calling All Dads! Get Your Dad in a Quirk Book!

Is your dad the coolest dad around? Or are you a cool dad yourself? Let us take your picture! Quirk is searching for some volunteer dad models in the Philadelphia area to be featured in photos for an upcoming book. We're looking for dads roughly age 50 and up who could commit to a half-day of shooting in early August. (Dads of color highly encouraged!)

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The Geek's Guide to Literary Magazines

Literary magazines are the gems of the bookish world, and there are tons of them. Like, TONS.

We’ve rounded up some swoon-worthy lit mags—some of which you can subscribe to, and some of which you can read online, right now, for free! Let the literary over-stimulation commence!

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Pop Sonnets Summer Jams: The Ultimate Collection

We've collected all our Shakespearean versions of summer's greatest hits and put them in one convenient spot: Right here! So take a dip in the pool or pop a cold one, and don't forget to share these with a good sir or madame who could do with a reminder to enjoy the summertime. 

"Summer Girls" - LFO  
"Dancing In the Street" - Martha and the Vandellas

"Summertime" - DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
 "Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffett

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