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  • Twenty years ago, a brand new book made its way into the world, about a boy with a lightning bolt scar who lived under the stairs, until he got a letter that granted him entrance to a hidden school for witchcraft and wizardry. Since the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry, his friends, and his magical world have become such an integral part of pop culture that it’s hard to remember a time when words like Patronus and Hogwarts weren’t part of the vernacular.

  • Forgiveness Day falls on a Monday (June 26) this year. Have you been putting off a long-due apology? Have a hatchet that needs to be buried? Take some direction from the pop culture apologizers below. If you’re due an apology, we can’t guarantee you’ll get it, but immersing yourself in a good apology scene can offer a small bit of catharsis!

  • Catfishing is defined as “luring someone into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona.” Contemporary teens and young adults are well aware of the dangers of online fraud, but online and virtual romantic relationships often prove that love is blind. We’ve highlighted four YA titles in which catfishing takes center stage, leading to either happily ever after or disaster.

  • It’s no secret that Quirk Books has a crush on John Cho. He’s both incredibly gorgeous and supremely talented and if we had our way he’d be starring in every movie out there. #StarringJohnCho

    This week, we’re looking at the many literary roles on his resume – plus a couple we’d like to pitch to his agent.

  • Ah, Father’s Day...that second-fiddle after-thought of the greeting card holidays. According to a prominent bank, America spends 40% more money on Mother’s Day. That’s an average of $57 dollars less on Dad than on Mom, and the gap has been widening since 2003.

    Your friends here at Quirk understand. Everyone has their reasons for snubbing Dad (to a much less extent).

    Maybe a stroll through grades for the good, bad and downright deadly of literary dads will give you some perspective this Father’s Day. Maybe even inspire you to ditch the necktie and get Dad something that says, “I love you just as much as I love Mom.”

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