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  • 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

  • If you’re a lover of both literature and body modification, you’ll understand the longing to get a book tattoo.

    Between quotes, illustrations, and tattoos of just books in general, we’ve compiled some amazing pieces of ink! Here are ten of my favorite, beautiful book tattoos.

    And if you can't get enough of them (I sure can't), check out the website Tattoo Lit, now a book published by our friends Harper Perennial.

  • Primarily known for his contribution to dystopian literature with his publication of Brave New World, Aldous Huxley helped shape the world of literature, especially science fiction.

    However, his involvement in culture within and outside the literary realm is far more substantial than one may initially think.

    To commemorate Huxley on his birthday (born 118 years ago), here are some fun facts about his life:

  • Photo by Loudest Noise

    Some of fiction’s greatest stories revolve around the anti-villains, the wrongfully accused, or the unfortunately misunderstood.

    Today, we take a look at ten characters whose crimes ought to be excused by reasons of redemption-by-death, traumatic childhoods, or a shift in the moral event horizon.

    Hester Prynne (The Scarlet Letter): A married woman has an affair that results in a child, but refuses to give up her lover, and is literally branded a slut for everyone to see. Sure, during the era the novel is set adultery is a stoning offense, but by today’s standards, Hester’s dalliance with Dimmesdale would only earn her a spot on Real Housewives of Boston.

    When you take into account that her elderly husband sent her to live in the village by herself, the outcome is hardly surprising, or deserving of such punishment. Hester deserves a pardon, and if she lived today, she’d probably have a book deal.

    Severus Snape (Harry Potter): The Potions master of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry makes the list as it remains unclear whether or not Severus Snape’s bravery is known after Harry defeats Voldemort. The only proof of Snape’s true loyalty lay in Dumbledore’s Pensieve, and probably didn’t survive the Battle of Hogwarts, so the world may never know that Snape was, in fact, the greatest triple agent the Wizarding World had ever seen. With that secret out, he surely deserves forgiveness for whatever crimes he might have committed while undercover.


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