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City of Bookishly Love: Philly Literary Events, May 25th - 31st

Every week there are workshops, readings, parties and other exciting literary events taking place all over Philly. For those of you planning to spend the next week holed up in a dark room reading, here are some opportunities to get out of the house and experience Philly’s diverse and lively book culture:  

On Sunday the 25th, Angie Bowie will be reading from her book Pop.Sex at Tattooed Mom. Read more about the book and the event here. Release party to follow!

On Tuesday the 27th, Wooden Shoe is hosting You Can’t Kill A Poet, a reading bringing queer Philly poets together to share and celebrate their work.

Poets Michelle Castleberry and Hila Ratzabi will be reading together at Big Blue Marble on Thursday the 29th. Check out Big Blue Marble’s events page to read about all of the readings they’re hosting this coming week.

At the Kelly Writers’ House on Friday the 30th, Lynn Levin’s Creative Writing Class and Greg Djanikian’s Poetry Writing class will both be giving readings. Check the KWH calendar for both of these readings in the Arts Café.

Also on Friday the 30th, there will be a Hands-on tour of some mainstays of the works of Charles Dickens at the Rosenbach Museum and Library.

Literary Monsters the Winchesters Need to Face on Supernatural

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If you’ve never watched Supernatural before, well, okay, first off, you should just watch Supernatural. Seriously, it’s awesome, and on Netflix. Go on; go add the show to your queue. I’ll wait…

The Bookworm's Guide to Picking a Pet Name

Oh, hello—I didn't see you there.

As if your status of Book Nerd wasn’t high enough – what with your endless bookshelves, strange priorities to buy books over groceries, and constant chatter about what this character did in that book – bring your new pet into the fold with a deeply literary or historical name. Pick a perfectly bookish name in honor of your favorite character!

Worst-Case Wednesday: How to Survive in a Cheap Hotel

We’ve all been there: you’re in the middle of a road trip and everyone agrees to stop and spend the night somewhere. Or, you miss your flight home from a vacation and have to stay at the nearest hotel. In situations like these, if you haven’t planned ahead you may find yourself with less than ideal accommodations. 

The next time you find yourself pulling off the highway and up to a hotel that looks like it hasn’t been updated since last century, follow The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook to make your one star room feel at least like one and a half star one.

Quirk Books Heads to Book Expo America, Brings Swag, Authors, & High Fives

 
Wow, is it seriously almost time for BEA? Weren't we just at C2E2 in Chicago? Where does the time go? 
 
Next week, the Quirk Books crew are packing up shop and heading up to New York City for Book Expo America, and we couldn't be more excited. We've got some awesome new books to show off, some authors for you to meet, and a TON of giveaways. Because hey, we like you. We want to give you stuff. 
 
Giveaways include posters for How to Make Your Baby an Internet Celebrity, Jane Austen: Cover to Cover, and Kid Presidents. And of course, we will have the coveted Quirk totebags with us. Get ready, they are a lot of fun this year. 
 
We'll be setting up at Booth #2848. Come by, say hello, take some swag! And as for the schedule for signings and events, well, here you go!

How-To Tuesday: How To Find Fingerprints Like a Super Sleuth (Plus a Giveaway!)

Hey there, kids (and kids-masquerading-as-adults)! Have you ever pretended to be a spy? Don’t lie, of course you have. For one thing, spies have gadgets, and gadgets make you cool. I bet you didn’t know you could make your own secret agent devices at home, though!

In the Nick and Tesla series, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith combine creative inventions with thrilling adventure stories. The third book in the series, Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle, just released on May 6. And now you can try out your own snooping skills by making your own Fingerprint-Finder System! Read on to learn how, and to enter a giveaway to win the first three books!

(By the way, you can visit NickandTesla.com to learn more about the books, watch Science Bob in action, and submit your own gadget-making projects.)

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