November 9, 2016 • History
It’s #wolwednesday, the day of the week when we celebrate the animal that #wolwednesday’s originator author Sam Sykes calls the most perfect creation in nature, the furious and ruthless feathered bag of wisdom and anger—the mighty wol. Or, as it is known to the rest of the world, the owl.
We'd like to highlight this weekly day of celebration by taking a closer look at owls in medieval manuscripts. Because as we all know, the owls are not what they seem.
November 4, 2016 • Fiction, History
The fifth of November is remembered in Britain for an attempted assassination of King James I of England. The plan was to blow up the House of Lords with the King inside. A small group of revolutionaries formulated a plot which was to be carried out by Guy Fawkes, a former military serviceman. After an anonymous letter was left for the authorities, Fawkes was found guarding enough gunpowder under the House of Lords to have destroyed everything. We at Quirk would like to remember the failed Gunpowder Treason by providing a list of the best books about revolution.
October 24, 2016 • History
Have you ever wondered where the expression “monkey on my back” comes from? Fret no longer. Quirk Books is here to help with that dang monkey.
October 11, 2016 • History
It’s Ada Lovelace Day, y’all! Today we’re celebrating The Honorable Augusta Ada King-Noel (nee Byron), Countess of Lovelace and the contributions this renegade made to mathematics and technology. To celebrate this numerical genius, we came up some book recommendations for Ada and the company she kept. Want to learn more about Ada and her accomplishments? Pick up a copy of Sam Maggs’ Wonder Women for a sassy take on the queen of numbers.
October 10, 2016 • Fiction, History
If you’re one of the lucky few who has off today, then you probably know it’s Columbus Day. Otherwise, you might not realize it’s a holiday until you see the commercials for Columbus Day Weekend Sales. (Thank you, Macy’s.)
Despite the sea of controversy surrounding Columbus, use this opportunity to read some stellar books. Columbus-inspired locations are big in fiction, so check out these six books, comics, and TV shows set in spots named after the explorer who "discovered" America.