Best Under-the-Radar Travel Hotspots in The Land of Oz

It’s the birthday of Frank L. Baum, and what better way to commemorate The Wizard of Oz author than to imagine ourselves in Oz, ruby-slippers and all?

And for those of you who have done more than watch the Judy Garland movie by reading the books, you know the Land of Oz gets way weirder than a bunch of munchkins and a city where everything is green. If you want to experience the real, gritty, Technicolor Oz, here are some destination spots that are off the beaten, yellow-brick-road.

 

The Country of the Quadlings

Best Bookish Week in NYC: July 27th - 31st


Photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Even though NYC will be in the midst of a heat wave next week, there are still plenty of cool literary events to attend. This week offers the opportunity to celebrate a ton of debut novelists, the chance to see cool art, as well as to learn about niche musical subcultures. Make sure to tweet at us (@QuirkBooks) to let us know where you went!

Find Momo Coast to Coast by Andrew Knapp: Pre-order Campaign!

We’re thrilled to be publishing the second book from New York Times bestselling author Andrew Knapp. His first book, Find Momo, introduced the bookish world to his adorable, already-Instagram-famous border collie, Momo.

In Find Momo Coast to Coast, Andrew hit the road (in his awesome yellow van) and took some beautiful pictures of Momo (with his awesome red bandana) all across the country.

To celebrate his second book and Andrew’s next batch of adventures, we’re launching a pre-order campaign that’ll give you the chance to score all kinds of swag. Signed bookplates and posters for every pre-orderer? Yup. A chance to win a plush Momo? You betcha.

Read on to find out how to get swag and enter to win epic prizes.

NOTE FOR ALL PRE-ORDER-ERS: To enter, email a photo or a screenshot of your receipt to marketing@quirkbooks.com with the subject line "Find Momo Pre-order." Make sure you send us your shipping address with your entry!

Also tweet #FindMomo to unlock some of the higher levels.

This campaign is open to US and Canada only. 

Ten Irish Authors to Read at Least Once (Who Aren’t James Joyce)

Where there’s a list of top Irish authors, there’s usually James Joyce. Which isn’t to say the Ulysses scribe isn’t praiseworthy, just that Ireland has produced lots of other literary talent, too. As we celebrate Irish heritage in March, it’s time to offer the spotlight to some of the country’s other fine novelists. Here are some noteworthy ones to start you off.

Bookish Events in New York City: March 9th - 13th

It’s finally beginning to look like spring is on its way to New York City. This week offers a ton of great opportunities to make use of the extra hour of daylight.

Cheer on debut authors like Eddie Joyce and Sarah Blake in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and then head to Manhattan to hear from NBCC finalists at The New School. Listen to brilliant women read letters at Joe’s Pub, and maybe tell your own story at The Moth.

Best of all, you’ll be able to run around the city without needing multiple pairs of mittens.

Why I'd Rather Be a Fictional Pirate Than an Actual Pirate

 
 
I am a Pirate.
 
This is known to anyone who has ever spoken to me for more than an hour. It’s not something that can be taught, you’re just born this way. Now if you’re jealous, don’t be. I can’t bake so if you can then that’s an awesome thing you have over on me. But this isn’t a contest. This is about Pirates. And when you’re a pirate people make one very obvious assumption, “I bet you wish you could live back then and be a real pirate!” And my answer is alway, “HELL NO!” (and there’s usually a dramatic record scratch).
 
I don’t blame you for being shocked. How could I love something that much and not wish I could see it or experience it first hand? Well, the short answer is three words long, “Penicillin, anesthesia, birth control.” What do those things have in common? Pirates didn’t have them. In fact they didn’t have a lot of things... like teeth. Most of what the public consciousness perceives as piracy comes from fictitious novels, sensationalized legends, and of course movies. No one ever walked the plank, said yar (unless they were getting run through by a cutlass) and buried treasure wasn’t buried so much as spent IMMEDIATELY in port. 
 
But this misinformation doesn't make me angry. Sure it’s fun to drop knowledge on people about what being a pirate was really like, but in all honesty I love the romanticized figure of the pirate as much as you all do! I’m totally there with you on the whole swinging from ropes thing and dramatic jumps from high cliffs into conveniently deep water! That stuff is fun, exciting, and amazing! As a pirate I am proud of my pirate heritage and well read on the history of my people, but if you’re asking me if I’d rather sail with Black Bart or Capt. Jas Hook the answer is Hook! Hook! Give us the hook! 
 
In honor of September 19th being International Talk Like a Pirate Day here are a couple of more ways being a fictional pirate trumps being an actual gentleman of fortune during The Golden Age of Piracy.

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