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How-To Tuesday: Make Your Own Quill For Under $30

Quills have been used to author some of the most important documents of our time—The Magna Carta, Shakespeare's works, lots and lots of Bibles. And perhaps most timely, the Founding Fathers of the United States wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence using this esteemed and elegant writing instrument.

So next time you have an important document to sign, why do it with a boring old Ballpoint, when you can pen your name like a major historical figure? Better yet, how about signing with a quill you constructed yourself and for under $30? Here's our How-To Tuesday on making your own quill pen on the cheap!

On Count Dooku - A William Shakespeare's Star Wars Sonnet

Episode II in the William Shakespeare's Star Wars series, The Clone Army Attacketh, goes on sale on July 7th! To celebrate, author Ian Doescher will be releasing exclusive sonnets each week, dedicated to the new characters you'll encounter in this latest tale set in a clash-strewn galaxy far, far away.

If the Founding Fathers Joined a Book Club...

The Founding Fathers of the American Revolution are pretty near and dear to our hearts. Even today, their names are invoked in political debates, philosophical discussions, and theological debates. Now we’re looking to these revolutionaries to imagine what their reading tastes might look like 239 years after declaring independence from the British and then setting off some fireworks. That’s how it happened, right? Definitely fireworks. Especially the ones shaped like cowboy hats.

Your Best (Bookish) Week in NYC: June 29th - July 3rd


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Whether you love board games, blogging, or fantastic debut novels, this week offers even more chances to have your best bookish day in New York City. Along with some fab literary events, we’ve also got you covered for food, drinks, and even some shopping. Make sure to tweet at us to let us know where you went.

The 10 Best Literary Songs for a Bookish Dance Party


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Long has the world believed that the kids at the rock shows could never be the same ones devouring books in their free time. Of course, "the world" is wrong about a lot of stuff, but they definitely missed the mark when it comes to smarts and songs. We've collected ten great pop and rock classics for your partying pleasure. Rock on and read on!

Chilly Mysteries to Beat the Heat


Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

How hot is it? The other day I heard the ice cream truck song—something I hadn’t heard since I was a kid at my grandmother’s house—and got super excited. Not only because of the childhood nostalgia but also because it’s so ridiculously hot outside the thought of holding an ice cream in my hand (Firecracker or Rescue Rangers Fudge Bar—I CAN’T DECIDE!) and devouring it as it melted down my hand sounded like heaven.

Unfortunately, it was an ice cream truck some jerk-face had turned into a “knife sharpening” service—the tiny part of my brain that laughs at the rational part wanted to call 9-1-1 and have him arrested! But since there’s no use crying over spilt milk, or falsely advertised ice cream, I found another way to stay cool in the heat: reading bitterly cold mysteries with a tall glass of ice tea and a big bowl of ice cream!

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