Please allow me to introduce you to Tapestry--a new mobile story-telling platform that uses taps to push the story forward. It's crazy fun and completely addictive. We promise. And, the Quirk Books Channel is part of Tapestry's launch--which is happening today, like right now!
We have 6 stories that we're excited to share with you.
Philadelphians! Want to get an inside look at the work of The Resurrectionist while eating tasty food and dancing to a live DJ? Yeah, us too. Come out to Macy's in Center City this Friday, June 7th from 5-7 PM for a hometown party to celebrate the release of the book Publishers Weekly calls a "welcome addition to any library of dark fantasy."
We'll see you there! And be sure to check out Macy's awesomely creepy window display (above).
Forget love: doughnuts are the international language. And they should be celebrated! Though a holiday like “National Doughnut Day” generally implies we should only care about American ones, when it comes to doughnuts, it’s all about spreading the love far and wide. And in turn, everyone else should also share their doughnuts with us on this, our joyous holiday. It’s only fair. If you went on a doughnut expedition (or pilgrimage, depending on your feelings) around the world, what would you see and eat? Here are some of the doughy morsels you shouldn’t miss.
The Good ol' USA: Since the National Doughnut Day thing started in the USA, we should start our tour there! Head into grocery stores or actual doughnut shops to taste the wonderful fried dough in varying shapes, sizes and flavors. I personally like plain hole-in-the-middle doughnuts with plain glaze, but maybe you're the type that doesn't want holes in their pastries and prefers them to be creme-filled.
Or maybe you like bite-sized and powdered. Heck, maybe you want them chocolate-flavored with extra chocolate icing and sprinkles. Whatever your preference is, you'll find it somewhere. And you must, because, as Krispy Kreme says, you (the consumer) are "the center of the doughnut." You fill in that void. (d'aww) Feeling extra adventurous? Try a Luther Burger (that's a burger with doughnuts for buns, for the uninitatied and hungry).
But looking back at all the weird and wonderful books we've published, we can't help but ask ourselves... where is the love?
To answer that age-old question, we're announcing the Quirk Books “Looking for Love” Fiction Contest. First prize is $10,000 AND publication by Quirk Books. We’re looking for love stories that are fresh, fun, and strikingly unconventional. Boy Meets Girl. Girl Meets Girl. Girl Meets Shark. Shark Meets Pirate. Anything goes!
Except vampires. Sorry.
Win us over, knock us out, and show us what we're missing! The contest deadline is October 1st, 2013. For official rules and entry form, click the Download Entry Form button above. Good luck!
UPDATE: I wanted to let everyone know that we've reached a decision regarding the Looking for Love Fiction Contest. If you haven't been contacted by a representative of Quirk Books, we encourage you to submit your manuscript elsewhere, and we wish you the best of luck placing your manuscript with another house. We would like to thank everyone for sharing their stories with us.
Crocheters of the world, take heed! You don't need Funny Hat Day as an excuse to look for new ideas. Browse no further than this handy list of literary hats and their corresponding online crochet patterns. The best part? You don't need to be kid-sized to wear the finished products in the case of nearly every listing here. (Since one of my goals for 2013 is to improve my beginner-level crochet skills, I don't have any patterns of my own to share, but I've got no problem highlighting the work of other brilliant yarnworkers).
Sherlock Holmes' Deerstalker Hat
For those of you feeling a bit more mysterious, or even ingenious, you can download a free pattern designed by Colleen Sullivan (pictured above) and impress your friends with your elementarily excellent needle-ship. If you're really really into the idea of solving mysteries, you could try out this advanced-rated pattern with no photo of what the finished product should look like. Are you game enough to find out?
The Cat in the Hat's Hat
This is, perhaps, one of the most iconic literary hats in history--it's right in the title! Dr Seuss' famous Cat in the Hat character wears one of the goofiest hats around, and you're just a few quick stitches away from joining him. Rebecca Goldsmith has an excellent pattern for sale at the Desert Diamond Etsy shop that comes with instructions on making the hat in four differnet sizes.