May 25, 2012 • Fiction
BEA is almost here and as you might have seen in this earlier post, we are really excited. And we want to give you a chance to take home some special swag from the Quirk Books prize patrol.
Just email email@example.com to get this special BEA tote bag mailed to you before you leave for BEA. We hope you’ll bring your bag to BEA as a sign of your continued support, a way to carry home all the awesome swag you pick up, and—most important—an opportunity to win stuff! Members of our staff will be walking the show floor of the Javits Center and giving away prizes to attendees carrying this tote.
Once again, Quirk Books is truly grateful for the support you have given us over the past ten years. Your enthusiasm for our books has been a key part of our success. Supplies are limited. If you don't get a bag before BEA, you can pick one up at our booth (#3848). We have lots of exciting books for Fall 2012 to tell you about, along with great giveaways. Come say hi!
Again, thank you! We look forward to seeing you at BEA and continuing to work with you in the years to come. Check out the full size Books Are... image below!
May 23, 2012 • Handbooks: Worst-Case
It’s Wednesday again, which means it is time to prepare yourself for yet another worst-case scenario.
Today, we're going to reach into The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Paranormal for some advice. This book may be particularly useful if you plan on having a vampire-werewolf-human love triangle at some point in the future, or you are looking forward to the next season of True Blood as much as I am.
May 22, 2012 • Fiction
Book Expo America is almost here, and we are psyched! We love this time of year. We get to spend several lovely days meeting bloggers, press, authors, and other publishing professionals. What could be better? This year, you'll be able to find us at Booth #3848 and we've got a lot planned for you bookish guys and gals.
Since we're celebrating our ten year anniversary, we'll be giving out a bunch of special posters and totebags commorating that fact. We're also bringing an amazing poster of The Last Policeman and lenticular Lovecraft Middle School postcards. If you grab one of our totebags, make sure you keep it on you! Our BEA Prize Patrol will be prowling the expo floor, dishing out bookish prizes to attendees we catch displaying their love of Quirk.
Fans of Ben H. Winters will be psyched to learn that we're bringing the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award nominated author with us to BEA again this year. Last year, Ben was signing copies of Bedbugs. This time around, he'll be signing copies of The Last Policeman. Swing by the Quirk booth on Wednesday from 10am to 11am, to nab free autographed ARCs and posters from Ben.
The fun doesn't stop at BEA. We've also teamed up with a bunch of our publishing industries BFFs to throw a big ol' party at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, June 6th. And you're invited! Come to PubDate 2012 to hang out with us, DC Entertainment, Graywolf Press, Other Press, Pegasus Books, Seven Stories, and Steerforth Press in a celebration of books, authors, and publishing.
There will be hors d’oeuvres and an open bar (wine and beer) until 10pm, with cocktails available for purchase. Make sure you RSVP on Facebook. It's not required, but it is appreciated.
You'll be able to meet the fabulous Stacy Adimando (The Cookiepedia) and Thomas J. Craughwell (Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee). For a full list of other authors who will be attandance, visit the event's page on Facebook.
Get excited! We are. And we can't wait to see you there!
May 22, 2012 • Parenting: Dad
Welcome to fatherhood! At first glance, the adventures of New Dad sound an awful lot like the adventures of Bachelor Man:
· Late nights with a bottle in your hand
· Working extra hard to get her into bed
· Explaining why it’s OK for you to spend some time apart
· Sleepover parties with tons of girls
· Talking about drugs and alcohol
But now all these activities have a whole new spin. That late-night bottle is full of baby formula, not Sam Adams. You’re luring that cutie-pie to bed by reading a story, clearing the room of monsters, and fetching “one last glass of water” before retreating to the blissful haven of your own room. That talk about spending time apart is going to happen while your child wails in despair as you try to say good-bye and drive away on the first day of school. The sleepover party—yeah, your job is to rent a movie that a roomful of nine-year-olds will all like. And talking about mood-altering substances gets a lot less funny and a lot more serious when you’re the one explaining to your child why she should not use them.
It’s a whole new world, huh? But, being a dad is life altering—for the better! A lifetime of joy awaits. Also, a lifetime of stuff that needs doing. Fortunately, Stuff Every Dad Should Know exists to help.
May 21, 2012 • Fiction: MG & YA
Tobey Maguire and Michael Douglas in Wonder Boys
Hipster bookworms crawl out of the woodwork when an adaptation makes its way to the silver screen. “Oh, you’re seeing “The Hunger Games” this weekend? I read those books before anyone knew about them.”
Here are some book-to-movie adaptations that are “really obscure.” I mean, you’ve probably never heard of them.
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2008): Based on the Michael Chabon novel of the same name, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh explores the complexities looming in the mind of just-out-of-college Art Bechstein. In order to make the novel more cinematic, writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber merged best friend Cleveland Arning with the novel’s homosexual love interest Arthur Lecomte. Cleveland’s girlfriend Jane was given a much larger role in the adaptation, turning what was in the novel a periphery character into a central one.
The choice to “simplify” Art’s experience by creating a love triangle rather than letting the characters live in this complex experience where not everyone knows everyone else would be enough to turn a Chabon purists away. But the pure fact that there is a commercial version of this coming-of-age novel gives those same Chabon purists hope.
Wonder Boys (2000): Another movie based on a Michael Chabon novel, The Wonder Boys was a box office flop. So much so, that after the initial February release director Curtis Hanson and producer Scott Rudin lobbied to have the movie re-released in November 2000. The ad campaign was redesigned to emphasize the ensemble feel of the film -- a sharp contrast to the original poster, which featured a sole headshot of Michael Douglas accompanied with the tagline “Undependable. Unpredictable. Unforgettable.”
While the poster and trailer were arguably more accurate the second time around -- capturing the essence of this potential one-book wonder author as he navigates relationships with his colleagues, lovers, and students -- the re-release was also a financial disappointment. This adaptation, however, left all the major players in tact, trusting its audience to find the beauty in complexities.
May 21, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman
If there was really just half a year before the whole planet went kablooie, what would you do?
I am a coward. In my day to day life, I see so much rude behavior in the public sphere, but I don't have the guts to say something. People do all sorts of little things that make someone else's day just a little bit worse.