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    Twister: the game for the whole family that has been awkwardly twisting bodies, spraining ankles, and bumping heads since 1966. Which means, if we did our math correctly, it’ll be celebrating 50th anniversary this year. In honor of this huge birthday, we’re celebrating by giving it not one, but TWO book-inspired editions. So put on your favorite socks, stretch those muscles, and spin. 

  • If you love the look of ink on paper, you may be one of the many readers who is transferring their passion to their own skin. Of course, finding a favorite tattoo artist is similar to finding a favorite author, and for every J. K. Rowling (or Nikko Hurtado) there are dozens of hacks and scratchers (the term for untrained and barely capable “tattoo artists” who can usually be found working out of their garage for cheap).

    Likewise, deciding exactly what to get can feel overwhelming; that’s where a great artist really comes into their own. How many of us have had a great idea for a book, only to be unable to get the words on paper? Designing a tattoo is something like that, except that you can’t go back and edit (at least, not without a great deal of thought, time and pain!).

    If you are just starting to consider the kind of literary tattoo you might want, here’s some advice to help you out.

  • College is a remarkable time to be a bookworm. You're living independently for the first time and establishing your preferred methods self-expression—be it the literary magazine, an a capella group that does nothing but Taylor Swift mash-ups, or the LARPing group that meets in the quad every Friday. And if you're an English major, get ready to acquire more volumes of 18th and 19th Century Poetry than you ever cared to own. So after you hug your acceptance letter and get your room assignment, the next step is to decorate your side of the room in a way that really shows off your bookish personality. And we at Quirk are more than happy to get you started with these awesome finds: 

  • Real talk? Wilhelm Staehle is one talented gentleman. 

    Yesterday, the Quirk publicity team awoke to find a hilarious video in our inboxes, crafted by Staehle himself. A Brief History of the Love Letter is just that, and serves as a great introduction to Staehle's love-themed postcard book, Hugs & Misses

    Watch, and enjoy! Thanks Wilhelm! 

  • This past Saturday was National Record Store Day. Unfamiliar? It’s a day when independent record stores across the country come together with musicians to celebrate their unique music culture. It's a day to lay down your iTunes, break out your well-used, scratchy vinyls, and head to your nearest music store for support. You can further justify your continued commitment to 90’s grunge outfits and band t-shirts, and even celebrate with an all-day marathon of Empire Records.

    In honor of this holiday that's near and dear to our hearts (Philly's AKA Music is a block away from our office), we’re doing a giveaway of Swissted, Quirk’s recently released homage to the best in vintage rock music. Swissted is an artistic collection of 200 ready-to-frame posters combining the best in alternative music with modern graphic design. It features iconic bands like Talking Heads, The Lemonheads, Soundgarden, The Ramones, Radiohead, Social Distortion, Violent Femmes, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, and so many more! Sorry, though—no Rex Manning here!

  • Photo by DJ DB (thanks!)

    This past Thursday, Mike Joyce celebrated the release of Swissted at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY

    This venue was PERFECT. A number of posters featured in Swissted were hung up around the venue, and looked so great in the space. Mike gave a talk before signing books (see the fistpump photo below!), and it was just a wonderful event. We can't wait to work with powerHouse again for The Resurrectionist in June! Thanks to the crew at powerHouse, Svedka, and everyone who came out. 

    In Brooklyn? Stop by powerHouse. The posters will remain up until April, so you've got time to check them out. And Mike is going to stop by powerHouse this week to sign all the remaining copies in the store. 

    Check out a few more snaps below.

    And if you were there and took some pictures, send them on over (mari@quirkbooks.com)! We'd love to see them. 

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