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  • Over July 4th weekend, while the rest of you were relaxing, BBQing, and reveling in firework-related festivities, beloved Quirk authors Joseph D'Agnese and Denise Kiernan were on the road, meeting up with fans of Signing Their Lives Away.

    While hanging out in Philadelphia (Quirk's hometown!), Denise and Joe stopped by Christ Church and the Independence Visitor Center. I swung by the IVC to say hi and snap some pictures. I also met their historic reanctor pal, who was reading lines from Signing Their Lives Away as guests walked about the gift shop. I've included a little photo gallery and a short video clip below.

    Enjoy, and make sure you catch these two when they're in your hometown.

  • After months of writing, editing, preparation and the inevitable waiting, I am BEYOND STOKED to announce the release of my first book today, Broetry.

    What is Broetry, you ask? Well, besides being the source of my obscene levels of euphoria today at having finally gotten this book out into the world, Broetry is poetry for dudes; it's poetry for people who don't normally like poetry. Are you the type of person that scoffs at Shelley, laughs at Lord Byron, and wouldn't be caught dead reading Whitman? Then I am quite pleased to inform you that there is finally a manly alternative.

    Broetry isn't about nature and feelings and the way light shines through a butterfly's wings. It's poetry designed for today's common dude. There are broems about morning sex, hot celebrities, video games, football season and many other manly topics. Broetry finally brings poetry out of the lofty artsy fartsy stratosphere and back down to reality where it belongs, providing dudes across America with a poetic platform.

  • Just imagine it.

    The heat is pouring off your grill in waves and the smoky, sultry aroma of chicken grilling floats through the air. You're using your favorite tongs to turn the thick chicken thighs (pre-marinated in succulent, sweet teriyaki sauce of course) just enough to sear all sides evenly as the meat sizzles lazily in the flickering flames. Smoke is swirls in the air, picking up the robust scent of the charcoal. Your neighbor looks up from what he’s doing on his own patio, and stares longingly across the trees. His mouth waters, envious of your grilling prowess. Can you really blame him?

    July 4th weekend is here and it’s time to fire up the grill! An all-time favorite in my home during grilling season is the Classic Chicken Barbecue. This recipe is one of my go-to, no-fail, simple, easy-to-do barbecues. It is so versatile. I feel like I've made this a thousand times. Perfect for family get-togethers, lazy weekend afternoons, and of course, 4th of July BBQs, this is my barbecue recipe of choice.

  • It's true, we do!

    We created this charming little video for a meeting with our BFFs Random House back in the Spring. Lots of the Quirk Books staff got on camera and talked about their favorite titles. Figured hey, why not share it with you too?

    Brent Weichsel, one of our interns at the time, shot the video in our conference room. We were beyond thrilled with how it came out. Check out his portfolio, talented kid.

    Do you have a favorite Quirk backlist title that didn't pop up in the video? Let us know in the comments!

  • Bonus: You can download this as a desktop wallpaper, here!

    Alright, I'll admit it. I freaking love Nyan Cat, one of the most annoying Internet memes of all time. When I'm having a rough day, the non-stop Nyan Cat website cheers me up immediately.

    The little cat wedged inside a Pop Tart has inspired a number of things, from video games (Nyan Cat iOS) to a custom YouTube slider bar. But perhaps most importantly, its driven a wealth of crafters to create his/her likeness, from scarves to necklaces, plushies to totebags. Below, you'll find my top ten Etsy creations, sparked by the Nyan Cat phenomenon.

    Have some picks that didn't make it? Own a special handmade Nyan Cat item? Let me know!

    Nyan Cat Scarf: Made-to-order, anti-pill fleece scarf. Over 5 feet long. As of this posting, Carly (XD Creations) is donating 10% of her profits to Japan through the Red Cross. $32.

    Keeep Calmz An Nyanyan Print: 12x18", printed on heavyweight 150g paper by DesignNoy. $12.

  • Christ Church in Philadelphia (Photo by CWBash)

    Joseph D'Agnese and Denise Kiernan are embarking on their annual drive up the East Coast, visiting sites that are associated with the Signers of the Declaration of Independence to promote Signing Their Lives Away.

    In any of these cities? Check out the schedule below.

    June 30th: National Archives, Washington D.C.
    July 1st: Christ Church, Philadelphia, PA (right next door to Quirk!)
    July 2nd: Independence Hall Visitor Center, Philadelphia, PA
    July 3rd: Old State House, Boston, MA
    July 4th: Old State House, Boston, MA

    Swing by, say hello and get a book signed. For more information, visit Joseph's BookTour page.

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