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How-to Tuesday: Literary Monkey Bread Variations

 
Photo via Gimme Some Oven
 
Monkey bread! You’d be bananas not to love it—oh yes, I went there. 
 
If you have opposable thumbs, you can make monkey bread. So why not make an extra-special batch (or three) and dedicate it to your favorite literary primate?
 
All you need are the basic 4 ingredients (biscuit dough, butter, sugar, and plastic bags), plus a couple add-ins to make your Bookish Monkey Bread.

Book Expo America 2014: Photos & Video!

It should come as no surprise that Book Expo America was, as always, a truly awesome time. We love that convention. Spending time with our friends in the publishing world, meeting bloggers, and hanging out with new fans... it's really hard not to have a blast. 

Highlights this year included some incredible signings with Science Bob (Nick & Tesla series) and introducing the book world to Grady Hendrix (Horrorstor) and David Stabler (Kid Presidents). We also had Hello Kitty come out to promote Hello Kitty Baking and Hello Kitty Crochet. And Book Con was AMAZING! So many book lovers! 

Check out the video above and the photos below for a fun look into the convention, both at our booth and our on the floor. See you next year, BEA! 

June's Quirk Perk: Old Man Drinks by Robert Schnakenberg for $3.99!

Old Man Drinks by Robert Schnakenberg: $3.99!

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Forget boring mojitos, put down that tired cosmopolitan, and stop sipping that ridiculous appletini! It’s time to embrace Old Man Drinks-the cocktails your grandfather would remember from his nights on the town, way back during the Eisenhower administration.

June's Quirk Perk: Stuff Every Dad Should Know by Brett Cohen for $3.99!

Stuff Every Dad Should Know by Brett Cohen: $3.99!

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On the heels of the successful Stuff Every Man Should Know and Stuff Every Husband Should Know comes the most important volume yet in Quirk’s handy guides to practical manhood: Stuff Every Dad Should Know. It’s full of the indispensible hands-on wisdom that all fathers need in order to instill that comforting sense of “dad awe” in their children, including:

Ten of Our Favorite Tight-Knit Literary Siblings

Love them or hate them, brothers and sisters are here to stay—at least in books. They can be the source of conflict, competition, or comfort but, more often than not, when siblings team up they’re pretty much unstoppable. They’re peppered pretty liberally across genres and you doubtlessly have your favorites, but here are my personal top ten families:

A Pinch of Dune, A Dash of Lord of the Rings: Important Spices in Literature

The spice must flow.

I remember reading “how people lived in the Middle Ages” books growing up and aside from wanting pretty desperately to be a knight, I remember thinking how bland the food must have been. I mean, it was only the nobility who got those cute little salt dishes. (You pick up the salt with your pinky! We should bring that back!) Everyone else just got boring vegetable stew. And it really didn’t seem fair.

All of this to say that anything that can make food flavorful, from turmeric to thyme, cinnamon to cilantro, is a good thing in my book. Literature is peppered (ha) with these plant-based substances, and since tNational Herbs and Spices Day [June 10] is approaching (what, it's a thing!) let’s take a look at some of the standouts that do so much more than season:

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