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Oh, Mother: Five of the Worst Momsters in Literature

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It’s sad but true: bad moms make for great stories.

I’m not talking about the kind of bad mom who made you eat your broccoli or picked you up from a high-school dance in her pajamas. I mean the really bad mothers you (hopefully) only see in books. The ones that take such pleasure in manipulating, belittling, or just generally screwing up their offspring that you can't help but assume the author took the advice to "write like your parents are dead" to heart.

Yes, they're terrible mothers, but with every abandoned baby and murderous rampage, these women make for page-turningly compelling reading. So for Mothers' Day, let's celebrate five of these literary momsters who definitely don't deserve breakfast in bed this year. 

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With Thee!

It's (almost) Star Wars Day (May the 4th—get it?!?!). As Yoda would say, love this day, we at Quirk do. So in honor of the greatest holiday under the two suns of Tatooine, we've rounded up all of our fantastic Star Wars stuff—book trailers, blog posts, ecards, and more!—under the jump.

May Giveaways: World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters, The Final Book in The Last Policeman Trilogy!

This month, we're a bit light on the Goodreads, LibraryThing, and BookLikes giveaways. 

Why? Well, the season is winding down and we're prepping for our Fall 2014 titles. But don't worry, we'll be giving away a lot of those to you eager readers. If you want a sneak peek at what you can expect, just look at our catalog

The final book on our Spring 2014 list, happens to be the eagerly anticipated finale to Ben H. Winters award-winning The Last Policeman trilogy. So head over to Goodreads, LibraryThing, and BookLikes, to enter to win an advance, finished copy of World of Trouble

Contest for Bookstore Cats: Now Accepting Entries!

Photo via Beth Wilson

Bookstore Cats of the World!

Do you ever feel like the humans around you don’t realize your magnificence? Do people come into the store and fail to pay homage to your celebrity? Then you need to get all four paws in the spotlight—and on this book.

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity provides cats with the building blocks to wiggle their furry butts and leap into Internet fame. Kitties will be padding down the path to stardom in no time with practical yet tongue-in-cheek advice. Remember, it’s all about purrsonality!

Quirk Books is hosting a contest to get a one lucky feline started on her journey. Here’s what you need to do:

A Trip to Sucher & Sons Star Wars Shop

May the Fourth be with you! It’s a sentiment that was used not long after Star Wars first came out in 1977, with the first alleged reference coming from England in 1979 after Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. An advertisement was released stating "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.

It seems like an odd way for this phrase to be recorded for the first time, but I’m sure it had been bandied about before that. It wasn’t until 2011, however, that the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day on May 4th took place in Toronto.

But I’m not here to talk about Star Wars Day in particular. Many people are going to be writing about it and celebrating today. What I would like to share with you is one of the most fascinating and fun places I’ve ever been to, Sucher & Sons Star Wars Shop.

Photos & Video From Our Trip to C2E2!

Last week, Nicole De Jackmo and I packed our bags (and a bunch of books) and zipped off to C2E2, to talk to convention goers about Quirk. We had an awesome time meeting fans, introducing people to our authors, and of course, taking in the amazing cosplay at the con. 

From Ian Doescher's awesome book signing to eager Ben H. Winters fans clamouring for World of Trouble ARCs, it was a wonderful experience. Above, you'll find a short video of some of our highlights, and below, a number of photos from the convention floor.

Thanks for having us Chicago! We'll see you next year. 


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