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Pairing Classic Books & Pizzas: Book It for Adults!

Recently, Pizza Hut announced the revival of their classic program from the 80s and 90s: Book It! A program from October through March, Pizza Hut worked with local schools to encourage children to read, in exchange for personal pizzas and other rewards. Sounds pretty much amazing, right?

How-to Tuesday: A Roundup of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Inspired Cross Stitch Patterns

There’s certainly no shortage of science fiction and fantasy-inspired crafts on the internet, and it can sometimes be hard to make heads or tails of the offerings. Would it be better to create a felt Triffid, or embroider a map of Middle Earth? Would heading to a pottery studio to make a replica pensieve be a good use of your time? Or how about a papier maché Nautilus?

The choices is intimidating, so to streamline the process and get your crafting as soon as possible, here is a selection of sci fi and fantasy-inspired cross stitch patterns that are great for beginners.   

Quirk Life: Decorating Halloween Cookies, And a Chance to Win Cookie(ish) Cookbooks!

We're a silly bunch, here at Quirk. And sometimes we like to take over our conference room for an afternoon of fun. 

With Halloween almost here, the Quirk crew assembled in a Very Professional Manner ™ to decorate delicious cookies from Philly's own Reading Terminal Market. We took some inspiration from Jackie Alper's Sprinkles, to make a number of spooky and occasionally bookish cookies. Seriously, just check out that Poe. 

You can watch the cute little video above, and scope out a handful of favorite photos below. 

Now, to help you have your own cookie-creating day, we're giving away copies of Quirk cookie books! Go ahead and enter the Rafflecopter below, for a chance to win a copy of The Cookiepedia, Sprinkles, The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook, and our latest cookbook, Madeleines

"But Eric, aren't madeleines tea cakes?" 

You know what? You're disqualified. The rest of you, good luck! 

Enter to Win the William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy on Goodreads & BookLikes!

Shortly after New York Comic Con, we revealed the beautiful interior poster that will be included with William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy, a hardcover collection that rounds up William Shakespeare's Star Wars, The Empire Striketh Back, and The Jedi Doth Return in one package. It comes out tomorrow (October 28th), and we'd like to give you a chance to win a copy!

On Goodreads? How about BookLikes? Good! We've got giveaways on both sites. Head on over, and enter! 

Goodreads: William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy Giveaway

BookLikes: William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy Giveaway

Good luck! We'll send sets out to winners on November 15th. 

How to Create a Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Costume

Several years ago, prior to San Diego Comic Con, I made an offhand comment to my friend Jason Rekulak (Quirk's publisher) offering to dress up as Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, thinking it would be fun having a Quirk character roaming the show floor. There was a pause, then the question “would you really?” Heck yea! How hard could it be? I mean who doesn’t love dressing up?
Putting together a fun costume doesn’t necessarily require a large financial investment; all it takes is a little creativity. After a few quick searches online and I had a pretty good idea of what was needed to pull this off.

Bookish Events in Philadelphia: October 24th - 31st

This week, the 215 Festival is in full swing. We've highlighted a few events here, but make sure to visit their site to get the full event listing. And not on the calendar, but very important for fall: take a stroll and buy a book from your local bookseller! It's book-curling-tea-sipping weather and you need the correct provisions.

Tonight, Friday, October 24, hit up the Literary Mixtape: 215 Fest Edition: a late-night reading in which people DJ books instead of music, sharing their top hits. Starring Allen Crawford, Kristine Kennedy of Philly Beer Week, and Julia Factorial. 10 p.m., Society Hill Society at 400 S 2nd St.


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