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    Sometimes a bookshelf holds books. Sometimes a bookshelf holds other things. But, occasionally, a bookshelf holds something intangible. Sometimes the idea behind a bookshelf is much more interesting than the books it holds. I know, blasphemy right?!

    Books are full of symbolism, metaphor, and concepts that reach out beyond the words and physical pages of the book. Why can’t a bookshelf be more like the books on it? Why can’t a bookshelf be more than just a receptacle for the heavy burden of stories, ideas, conspiracy, and knowledge?

    In fact, a bookshelf can be much much more than it seems. Below, you’ll find five bookshelves that contain ideas just like the hunks of paper, words, and glue that sit upon them.

  • “I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.” - The Monster

    August 30th is the birthday of one of the greatest horror fiction writers of all time, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. I am a big fan of Frankenstein and I know that I am not alone. A simple look at pop culture will reveal Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster all over the place. The novel Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, was written as part of a competition created by Mary, her husband Percy, Lord John Byron and John Polidori.

    It is interesting to consider that a simple competition produced a novel which has permeated nearly every aspect of American culture.

  • Eudora Welty. You'll want to read her Collected Stories.

    Utter the term "Southern Literature" and most people immediately imagine all those depressing Southern white dudes they were made to read in high school or college. William Faulkner? Yawn. Tennessee Williams? I can get drunk and feel lonely on my own, thanks.

    But the literary scene of the American South, past and present, has more going for it than a few guys with bleak worldviews. Here's a list of six unexpected (or at least, less expected) Southern reading recommendations. I suggest enjoying them when the summer heat is at its worst, for a real Southern experience no matter what region of country you're currently in.

  • Thanks to Amazon's awesome Summer Big Deal promotion, you can get a number of Quirk titles on the cheap for your Kindle, from $2.99 to $3.99. 

    The selection ranges from our Quirk Classics (including the entire Pride & Prejudice & Zombies trilogy) to some of our Secret Lives titles. You can even grab The Sherlock Holmes Handbook, which was Ransom Riggs' first book with us before his bestselling YA novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    I've got the full list (and links!) below. The promotion ends on the 23rd, so get them while you can. 

  • Photo by Dorkys @ Dry As Toast

    Heading to the New York City International Gift Fair? We'll be there, August 19th though August 22nd. Please stop by our booth (#7549!) where we’ll be showing off all of our classics and our exciting new books for Fall 2012! 

    All titles will be eligible for the show special; an additional 2% discount off the invoice’s retail value or an additional 30 days dating, (90 days EOM total).

    So come stock up! Or at least swing by and say hello. 

    Quirk @ the New York City International Gift Fair
    August 19th - 22nd
    www.nyigf.com

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