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How To Stay Cool (With Pops)!

Hey Quirkers, are you melting yet? If you said no, you’re either lying or you possess a temperature-modulated personal bubble—which I covet. Staying cool in the sweltering heat of summer can be a challenge, but it can be done. The trick is to eat lots of ice-cold treats—because if you’re going to suffer, you’d better do it right.

Luckily for you, we’ll give you a brief respite from the humidity with the Southern Sweet Tea Pops recipe from Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone by Krystina Castella. Don’t just sip sweet tea on the porch, be even cooler than that! Eat a sweet tea popsicle—you’ll thank me later.

Ten Books To Hold You Over Until True Detective Comes Back

The first season of True Detective was more than just a pop culture phenomenon. It was a literary phenomenon, as well. Sales of Robert W. Chambers’s unbelievably creepy, all-but-forgotten collection of weird fiction, The King in Yellow, skyrocketed as fans of the HBO series dissected every reference to Carcosa and the Yellow King.
With Season 2 details just around the corner, here are 10 more books for fans of True Detective’s weird, gritty, place-based mystery and mythology.

Five Beautiful Bookish Sculptures (Made with Real Books)

I hate to admit this, but books have a—pun intended—shelf life. Sometimes they are damaged by accident and sometimes they just don't stand up to the passage of time. However, there are some incredible artists out there who make old books beautiful again by using them as a medium for awesome sculptures. Here's a taste of what five of these super talented people have produced.

Ten Unusual and Amazing Libraries We'd Love To Visit

I have wonderful memories of hanging out at the library as a kid, I’d had access to the libraries on this list, it’s where I would have spent most my time. 

Included on the list are some pretty exotic and beautiful libraries that will make you want to travel the world just to visit, but also in the mix are some that might just be closer to home than you think.
1. One of my favorites is the Nassau Public Library Reading Room and Museum (pictured above). Not only is it on the island of Nassau, in the Bahamas, but it actually used to be a jail. Constructed in 1797, the prison cells now hold books instead of prisoners and there’s also a museum featuring Arawak artifacts and historic prints. If you’re lucky enough to visit the paradise that is Nassau, make this a must see! Photo via

Literary Events in Philly This Week: July 27-August 2

What excitement is making our literary hearts pound here at APIARY? A few thoughts of digging our toes in the sand somewhere while reading or writing a brand new chapbook; imagining our next poet dance party; conducting a meeting on a West Philly rooftop?


Today, it's the fact that tomorrow night is our first feature with Sounds in a Gallery, where there will be music, snacks, an open mic, wine and readings from four of our awesome authors. We thought it was worth mentioning again, even though you may have seen us buzzing about this last week here on the Quirk blog. 

Now, on to literary happenings for you to flirt with all week long!

The Tannins of Wrath: Select Wines to Accompany Your Favorite Genres (and All Under $100)

Drinking wine, strangely enough, is very much like reading a book. While the average wine drinker may easily simplify a cabernet or a pinot as either “very good” or “absolutely terrible,” wine writers have the knack for reviewing wines in a similar fashion as would book critics. A wine may have a hard or soft finish, varied ingredients, and an overall taste that all contribute to what Poe may have called a Singular Fermentation. To assist your literary wine needs, I’ve conjured a wine for each of the most popular genres there are.


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