December 20, 2011 • Fiction
Next up in the FIve Days of Quirkmas giveaway... a chance to win all our titles coming out in January 2012! Books from the future!
Taft 2012 by Jason Heller: The hilarious, Rip Van Winkle-esque story of William Howard Taft, who awakens in our time just in time for the primaries.
The Thorn & the Blossom by Theodora Goss: One enchanting romance, two lovers keeping secrets, and a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever. You've never seen a book like this one. Seriously. Check out the video that demonstrates how it works. Neat, right?
Ten Tea Parties by Joseph Cummins: Yeah yeah, you know all about the Boston Tea Party. But what about the nine others? You can learn about those in this book.
The Onion Presents: Love, Sex, & Other Natural Disasters: A hilarious collection of some of The Onion's funniest stories about high-school sweethearts, college hook-ups, dating disasters, weddings, divorces, and more.
How can you enter? Just leave a comment about what book interests you the most and why. Be sure to include your email address, so I'll be able to contact you. I'll choose one of you at random at the end of the week, and you'll get the whole bundle, including a handsome Taft 2012 poster and pin!
December 15, 2011 • Fiction
A few weeks ago, Neil Gaiman made a hilarious appearance on an episode of the Simpsons (pictured above, and as of this post, you can still watch it on Hulu). When Homer and his Ocean's 11-esque assembled crew decide to team up and write a Young Adult novel, Gaiman jumps in to help make it happen. Unfortunately, the publisher tries to alter the story, and the gang of would-be-novelists (and a multiple award winning one) plan a heist to get it back and put the original in stores.
Quote of the episode? Gaiman exclaiming "I've heisted my way to the bestseller list once again. And the most brilliant part is... I don't even know how to read!" Well, either that or Homer hoping they remember to "put in enough steampunk. Whatever that is."
Anyhow, the episode got me thinking about other awesome authors cameos I've caught on the Simpsons. Lisa being dismissed by Amy Tan, Alan Moore with rippling muscles, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Franzen getting into a fight... ah, so many brilliant moments. I've rounded up my Top 10 here (in no particular order), though there are certainly many more. If I missed a favorite of yours, leave it in the comments!
1. Amy Tan: The celebrated author of The Joy Luck Club makes an appearance in the 'Insane Clown Poppy' episode, speaking at the Springfield Festival of Books.
Lisa tries to compliment Tan on her work, to which Tan hilariously responds "no, no, that’s not what I meant at all. I can’t believe how wrong you got it. Just sit down, I’m embarrassed for both of us."
Stephen King also makes an appearance in this episode, cackling madly about a supposedly non-horror title he's hard at work on.
2. Thomas Pynchon: This notoriously reclusive author actually made TWO appearances on the Simpsons. He pops up in the episodes Diatribe of a Mad Housewife (clip above), in which Marge writes a romance novel and he "provides" a quote, and All's Fair in Oven War.
3. J.K. Rowling: I won't lie to you, Quirk fans. I didn't get into Harry Potter until fairly recently, when Broetry author Brian McGackin threatened not to speak to me until I read the entire series. I'm about halfway through Order of the Phoenix as of this posting, and thankfully, Brian and I are on speaking terms once again.
As a result though, this is probably my favorite author appearance on the Simpsons. I rediscovered it while looking up author cameos, and thanks to Brian, I can finally appreciate how funny it is.
December 12, 2011 • Fiction, Politics
On a chilly Winter afternoon, a bunch of us at the Quirk Books HQ decided it was time to show our support for the Taft 2012 movement. We spent some time decorating our office with posters, bunting, and campaign signs.
Oh, and we also shot a video!
Want to decorate YOUR office with Taft 2012 decor? Visit the Taft 2012 website and learn how you can start your own local Taft party.
November 7, 2011 • Fiction
Ever wonder what is actually going on behind the scenes in the Quirk Books office? I’ll bet you imagine it’s all zombie pizza parties in the conference room and Nerf gun fights in the basement. I’m not saying if these things are true or not, but 10 lucky AIGA student members will have that chance to see what really goes on in the Quirk offices and enjoy some pizza and drinks.
See, I wasn’t completely lying about pizza parties.
The tour is from 8 p.m. to 10p.m. on November 15th. Quirk Books is one of 8 companies around Philly that are opening their doors to design students so they have a chance to see what really goes on behind the books, ads, and graphic designs.
November 2, 2011 • Fiction
Wow! The entire Quirk HQ is sending a big thank you out to the folks at Goodreads and their fabulous, passionate user base. Earlier this week, the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards launched, and three of our books are nominated!
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is nominated for Favorite Book of 2011, and is in seriously good company. George R. R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons and Tina Fey's Bossypants are both in the same category. Miss Peregrine is also nominated in the Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category, alongside Veronica Roth's Divergent and Beth Revis' Across the Universe.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After is nominated in the Horror category. Broet Laureate Brian McGackin's stellar debut, Broetry, is nominated in the Poetry category, and is currently fistpumping with Horrorscopes for the Dead, written by former Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins.
The opening round of voting has already started, and runs through November 13th. Semifinals launches on November 14th through the 20th, with finals kicking off November 21st through the 30th.
So go vote! For us, of course. And thank you again, Goodreads! We're psyched.
October 28, 2011 • Fiction, Zombies
The App, which is a joint effort with the award winning digital media studio PadWorx, is currently getting a lot of buzz in the press, with stories popping up on DreadCentral, MSNBC's Gadgetbox, MediaBistro and more.
It's an exciting time for us! Right now the App is only $4.99, a special limited time promotional price. Grab it while its hot, zombie lovers.