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  • The longest day of the year is almost upon us. While most people may take advantage of the extra daylight with drinks on the patio, a lazy afternoon on the beach, or a barbecue dinner with friends on a warm, summer evening, to us bookworms the summer solstice provides a different opportunity…more light to read by! Whether you use the extra daylight to stretch out your reading time outside, or just enjoy reading at home without turning on the lamp, the longest day of the year is the perfect opportunity to curl up with a book.

  • St. Patrick's Day is nigh! This means that you'll be seeing a lot of images of tiny bearded men in green coats and hats. The Leprechaun is a type of fairy that appears in Irish folklore. Known for causing mischief and hiding pots of gold at the ends of rainbows, the leprechaun gets all of the holiday's attention. This is a bit unfair to the plethora of characters that appear in Irish folklore. Here are a few other mythological creatures that should get some love on St. Patrick's Day!

  • When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around every year, it often evokes a stereotypical picture of ol' Ireland. The land of saints and scholars, as portrayed in the classic Irish literature, can be an alternately depressing and humorous place, stemming from the vivid and melancholy prose of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker. Yet, while Joyce may have portrayed the Irish as champion talkers and drinkers (okay, not totally unfair), there are plenty of more contemporary authors telling their own version of Ireland and the Irish story. Despite the stereotypes of American St. Patrick’s Day, with shamrocks and green beer, it’s also a holiday based in Irish culture and the perfect time to explore Irish literature and art. We at Quirk have some great recommendations for those who might not be able to visit Ireland, but would love to venture there through a good book.

  • The Year of the Monkey has just begun, which has turned our minds, as usual, to books. Who are our literary mascots for this upcoming year? Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list. In turns adorable and terrifying, here’s a range of monkey characters for all your themed-reading needs.

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