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  • (Audiobooks are your multi-tasking friend.)

    Winter is drawing to a close, and that means it’s time for us to come out of our hibernation and clean out our habitats for Spring! While the thought of scrubbing your house top-to-bottom may make you groan a little, the results are worth it. Not only does everyone enjoy a lovely clean home and the feeling of freshness that it brings, but one big clear out helps you keep on top of clutter and tick off all those things that you’ve been meaning to do for a while.

    Of course, if you are still slumped moodily on the sofa at the thought of all that… scrubbing… we’re here to help! These ten books will get you in the mood to clean the whole house top to bottom. Or at the very least, they’ll give you an excuse to put it off for just a little bit longer…

  • When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around every year, it often evokes a stereotypical picture of ol' Ireland. The land of saints and scholars, as portrayed in the classic Irish literature, can be an alternately depressing and humorous place, stemming from the vivid and melancholy prose of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker. Yet, while Joyce may have portrayed the Irish as champion talkers and drinkers (okay, not totally unfair), there are plenty of more contemporary authors telling their own version of Ireland and the Irish story. Despite the stereotypes of American St. Patrick’s Day, with shamrocks and green beer, it’s also a holiday based in Irish culture and the perfect time to explore Irish literature and art. We at Quirk have some great recommendations for those who might not be able to visit Ireland, but would love to venture there through a good book.

  • As the summer officially winds down, we made a list of literary to-dos before this lazy, hazy season is but a distant memory. 

  • Like every good office, the Quirk Books HQ is full of random kitsch. Weird stuffed animals, plastic figurines, and plenty of odd things that make no sense to anyone else but us. And with St. Patrick's Day approaching, I thought it would be fun to run around the office, and get Quirk staff on camera, talking about their lucky charms.

    Enjoy! And if you've got a fun lucky charm at your office, tell us about it in the replies! 

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    April 1, 2013

    QUIRK BOOKS GOES “NORMAL.”

    Quirk Books, the independent publisher known for its irreverent reference guides and innovative works of fiction, has gone and done the unexpected once again. Effective immediately, the company is launching a new imprint that will give readers exactly what they expect. Book-lovers of the world, meet Normal Books.

    "We think that becoming more conventional is truly the most 'strikingly unconventional' move we could make," says President and Publisher David Borgenicht. "Readers have come to expect the unexpected from us, and I'm pretty sure no one was expecting this."

    The Normal Books imprint will offer a completely retooled frontlist of regular, completely straightforward books, with titles including Breakfast for Breakfast, Miss Peregrine's Home for Regular Children, and Pride and Prejudice without Zombies.

    This groundbreaking, daringly creative move was engineered with readers in mind, says Associate Publisher and Creative Director Jason Rekulak. "We’re convinced there’s an audience out there that craves the same-old, same-old,” he says. “We're excited to stop pushing the envelope, and start nudging it back into the desk drawer next to the pens and rubber bands." The concept is expected to yield a more manageable workflow as well. “The sales reps have been clamoring for less buzzworthy titles,” notes Moneka Hewlett, Senior Sales Director.

    Besides its new catalog of traditional print titles, Normal Books intends to release all subsequent books in eBook format: as plain text with no pictures and in a single small, non-dynamic font. Says Vice President Brett Cohen: "In the digital age, Normal Books will be square in the middle of the pack when it comes to using new, innovative technology. There’s no need to show off."

    Below are the titles that Normal Books will be releasing in the coming months:

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