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  • BEA is almost here and as you might have seen in this earlier post, we are really excited. And we want to give you a chance to take home some special swag from the Quirk Books prize patrol.

    Just email eric@quirkbooks.com to get this special BEA tote bag mailed to you before you leave for BEA. We hope you’ll bring your bag to BEA as a sign of your continued support, a way to carry home all the awesome swag you pick up, and—most important—an opportunity to win stuff! Members of our staff will be walking the show floor of the Javits Center and giving away prizes to attendees carrying this tote.

    Once again, Quirk Books is truly grateful for the support you have given us over the past ten years. Your enthusiasm for our books has been a key part of our success.  Supplies are limited.  If you don't get a bag before BEA, you can pick one up at our booth (#3848). We have lots of exciting books for Fall 2012 to tell you about, along with great giveaways.  Come say hi!

    Again, thank you! We look forward to seeing you at BEA and continuing to work with you in the years to come. Check out the full size Books Are... image below!

  • Book Expo America is almost here, and we are psyched! We love this time of year. We get to spend several lovely days meeting bloggers, press, authors, and other publishing professionals. What could be better? This year, you'll be able to find us at Booth #3848 and we've got a lot planned for you bookish guys and gals.

    Since we're celebrating our ten year anniversary, we'll be giving out a bunch of special posters and totebags commorating that fact. We're also bringing an amazing poster of The Last Policeman and lenticular Lovecraft Middle School postcards. If you grab one of our totebags, make sure you keep it on you! Our BEA Prize Patrol will be prowling the expo floor, dishing out bookish prizes to attendees we catch displaying their love of Quirk.

    And speaking of Lovecraft Middle School, series editor Jason Rekulak will be on the BEA Book Buzz panel, talking about Lovecraft Middle School: Professor Gargoyle, the first installment in the series

    Fans of Ben H. Winters will be psyched to learn that we're bringing the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award nominated author with us to BEA again this year. Last year, Ben was signing copies of Bedbugs. This time around, he'll be signing copies of The Last Policeman. Swing by the Quirk booth on Wednesday from 10am to 11am, to nab free autographed ARCs and posters from Ben.

    The fun doesn't stop at BEA. We've also teamed up with a bunch of our publishing industries BFFs to throw a big ol' party at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, June 6th. And you're invited! Come to PubDate 2012 to hang out with us, DC Entertainment, Graywolf Press, Other Press, Pegasus Books, Seven Stories, and Steerforth Press in a celebration of books, authors, and publishing.

    There will be hors d’oeuvres and an open bar (wine and beer) until 10pm, with cocktails available for purchase. Make sure you RSVP on Facebook. It's not required, but it is appreciated.

    You'll be able to meet the fabulous Stacy Adimando (The Cookiepedia) and Thomas J. Craughwell (Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee). For a full list of other authors who will be attandance, visit the event's page on Facebook.

    Get excited! We are. And we can't wait to see you there!

  • I suppose when you've written one absolutely perfect book, you don't have much more you need to say. This Sunday marks Harper Lee's 86th birthday, a gal who wrote a brilliant classic (To Kill a Mockingbird) and never wrote a second novel.

    So in honor of her birthday, I've pooled together my five favorite books by women writers who, like Harper Lee, I wish wrote more.

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, this Alabama lady stuck to her roots while writing this Southern Gothic novel. Much like the characters of Scout and Dill, Harper and childhood friend Truman Capote used to discover items left in the hollow of their favorite tree. Over 50 years later, this 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel remains a bestseller with over 30 million copies in print.

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Originally published as a two volumes in a three volume set (the third volume was Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte), this novel was often condemned for the amoral passion portrayed in its pages.

    In 1850, Charlotte Bronte posthumously edited and published her sister’s novel under the author’s real name. Prior to that, Wuthering Heights was published under the nom de plume “Ellis Bell.”

  • Happy birthday, Will!

    Shakespeare turns 448 years old today. What better way to celebrate the Bard’s birth than with one of these excellent books?

  • Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906 outside of Dublin. Sam Beckett was born August 8, 1953 in Indiana, eight months after the world premiere of Samuel Beckett’s acclaimed stage play Waiting for Godot in Paris, France. Samuel Beckett died on December 22, 1989 -- just 9 months after Sam Beckett made his first appearance in the series premiere episode of the NBC time travel drama Quantum Leap.

    Coincidence? Well, okay. Maybe. But still. Bear with me here.

  • The Sunnydale High Library in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    It’s National Library Week, and even fictional characters need a place to check out books from time to time. Though it’s not always the case, fictional libraries tend to be magical; after all, they’re created by writers, and writers know the power of the written word. If they’re going to invent a repository for knowledge, then at the very least, it should be an interesting one.

    Of course, in the manner of mice, cookies, and milk, when a writer creates an unusual library, he or she is going to invent an unusual librarian to go along with it. Here are a few memorable made-up archives and their equally memorable keepers:

    Matilda & Mrs. Phelps in Matilda: The Musical

    The Local Public Library & Mrs. Phelps (Matilda): Roald Dahl’s classic opens by introducing the protagonist, Matilda, as a Reader, which perhaps makes Mrs. Phelps the most important librarian of them all – in taking a four-year-old’s request for a ‘grown-up’ book at the local library seriously, she sets the rest of the story into motion. Mrs. Phelps is the first adult in young Matilda’s life to encourage her to learn, and the first to feed her hunger for knowledge.

    The magic here is in the moment when Mrs. Phelps presents Matilda with a library card and tells her she can start taking books home.

    The Great Library & Cheshire Cat (Thursday Next): In the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, characters can travel in and out of books, interacting with public domain heroes and villains – as long as an intrepid explorer has already found a way in. In Lost in a Good Book Thursday enters the Great Library for the first time, which contains every book ever written, every book that ever will be written, “and a few others beside.”

    The Library is the starting point for all Prose Resource Operatives, or members of Jurisfiction, and is overseen by the ‘quite mad’ Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland (technically, the Unitary Authority of Warrington Cat due to adjusted county boundaries). He can give you the publication date, ranking, and up-to-the second reading figures for every book in the library – as long as you have tuna-flavored Moggalicious to trade.

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