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How to Tuesday: How to Write a Novel on Your Nails, DIY Literary Manicures

 
They say that everything you need to write your novel is already at your fingertips; in this case, they’re 100% right! With a little newsprint and rubbing alcohol, you can cover your nails with text and make word art and nail art at the same time. Here’s how to do it:
 

Kindle Daily Deal Alert: Bedbugs

Did you hear that? Seriously, I swear I heard something. Huh. Well, okay then. It must have just been the sound of Bedbugs being today's Kindle Daily Deal! 

Today only, head on over to Amazon and pick up Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters, a tale of urban horror and paranoia, for only $2.99!

While you're at it, check out this awesomely creepy book trailer.

Delicious Ways to Bring Hello Kitty into Your Kitchen

We've got a bit of Hello Kitty fever over at Quirk Books. Can't help it - awesome stuff like The Hello Kitty Baking Book and Hello Kitty Crochet are out, and we can't get enough of the adorable character. Those cake pops featured above? Totally from Hello Kitty Baking. 

Bookish Events in Philadelphia: October 18th - 24th

One of the pleasures of writing the Bookish Event report is the tour through this city's amazing literary venues. This week we wend through a radical community center, a private club for writers, and a place called The Shambles! Enjoy the earlier dusks, reddening leaves, and the return of the 215 Festival, among other seasonal joys.

On Saturday, October 18, from 2-10 p.m., you can help spread the bookish love to incarcerated folks in the Mid Atlantic region at the Fundraiser for Books Through Bars at Lavaspace. Get a t-shirt screen-printed, hear performances by local authors and musicians, and give to an important cause.  4134 Lancaster Ave,

Have you ever been to the Pen and Pencil Club, secret Rittenhouse lair of Philly journalists? No? Ok, then go to the Pen and Pencil Poetry Reading on Sunday, October 19, featuring Philly faves Anne-Adele Wight, Ryan Eckes and Sidney Hunt Coffin. The oldest bartender in the world will serve you a mean cheesesteak if you ask nicely. 8 p.m., 1522 Latimer St.

Fantasy Novels to Treat Your Game of Thrones Withdrawal

 
With a little less than half a year to go before HBO brings us new episodes of Game of Thrones (but hey, who’s counting?) many fans are experiencing classic symptoms of withdrawal.
 

Oh My Goth: A Roundup of Modern Day Gothic Literature

Recipe for traditional Gothic literature: take one part decay (of surroundings, society) and add a heaping dose of repression. Next? A few dashes of melodrama, a sprinkling (or, in some instances, a whole cup) of romance, and one fall from grace. Shake well, top with a floater of eeeevil, and imbibe on a Scottish moor.

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