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Book Launch and Gallery Show for The Resurrectionist in Philadelphia on June 6!

Philadelphia! On June 6th, come out and join author E. B. Hudspeth and Quirk Books to celebrate the release of The Resurrectionist at Indy Hall!

Set in Philadelphia, The Resurrectionist is a cross between Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Gray’s Anatomy. Written and illustrated by New Jersey artist and author E. B. Hudspeth, it presents two books in one: a fictional biography of one Dr. Spencer Black, and Black’s magnum opus: The Codex Extinct Animalia, an anatomical reference manual of mythological beasts all rendered in meticulously detailed black-and-white anatomical illustrations.
The book launch will feature a gallery showing of Hudspeth’s artwork from the book, a discussion with the author moderated by Jason Rekulak, publisher of Quirk Books, and a book signing to follow. The event is free, open to the public, and guaranteed to be awesome. We’re thrilled to throw the launch with help from Indy Hall, a Philadelphia community where designers, developers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, small business owners, telecommuters, marketers, videographers, game developers, and more come together to work.
So come out, see the show, and grab your copy of The Resurrectionist! We promise we won’t bite…
What: The Resurrectionist book launch featuring a gallery showing and author discussion moderated by Quirk Books publisher Jason Rekulak
Where: Indy Hall
When: Thursday, June 6 from 6-8pm
Cost: Free!

Facebook: RSVP on Facebook! Not required, but it’s nice to know who is coming.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

Dan Brown vs. Dante: An “Inferno” Smackdown for the Ages!

It’s any author’s worst nightmare: another, really well established writer comes out with a novel with the exact same title. There’s the jealousy, the awkward cocktail-party explanations (“no, I wrote the other one”), and the incalculable damage to the first book’s SEO.

Dante Aligheri has been dead for a while, so his reaction to Dan Brown’s new novel Inferno will likely be limited to a little grave-spinning. But that doesn’t mean we can’t put the two writers head-to-head for a little comparison challenge!

In this corner: best-selling novelist, armchair cryptologist, and occasional songwriter Dan “Dan” Brown! And in this corner, Il Sommo Poeta, the Father of the Italian Language himself, Dante “Dan” Aligheri!


Posted by Blair Thornburgh

Game-of-Thrones-ify Your Name with the Power of Palaeography!

Admit it: you wish your name were more interesting. A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but a Daenerys just wouldn’t sound as awesome if she were a Dana (no offense, of course, to the Danas of the world—I’m sure you’re all lovely people).

Westerosians get names full of weird letters and strange spellings, but we normals are saddled with names that are…kinda boring. Luckily, English has a vast, rich, and totally weird history of being spelled completely differently, once upon a time. Forget your first pet’s name or the name of the street where you grew up—all you need to spiff up your moniker are a few forgotten graphemes. Swap out the appropriate sounds in your name for their ancient equivalent and you’ll be mistaken for an Enya album in no time.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

YA Book Recommendations for Our Favorite Classic YA Characters

It’s human nature to imagine what your favorite book characters get up to off the page: what they do on weekends, what they make for dinner, what they like to read. Which got me thinking: what would my favorite characters from classic children’s chapter books read if they were browsing the YA shelves today? Luckily for my fictional friends, these days there’s a YA book for every kind of teenager–now I’ve just got to find a way to get the books into the books.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

Et Tu, Kanye? Test Your Ides of March Knowledge with “Rapper or Roman”


It almost goes without saying that Julius Caesar has a lot in common with Kanye West. Both are (or were) rulers of sprawling empires, both have royally healthy egos, and both of them sport the same straight-across-the-brow haircut.

But what does go without saying is the sayings they have in common—until now, that is. This Ides of March, see if you can figure out who said it: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, or one of Kanye’s monster hits.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

4 Famous Authors Who Wrote Fanfiction

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It’s easy to assume that fan fiction has only been around as long as the internet (or at least since Spockanalia #1). But for as long as people have written stories, other people have written other stories using the same characters. As with many peculiar permutations of human behavior, the internet didn’t create fan fiction, it just made it way easier to share: the dead-tree age of Ye Olde Fanfictionne can’t hold a candle to the wealth and weirdness of the intertubes.

In fact, some of literature’s most revered authors could (completely anachronistically) be said to have penned some fan-fic stories themselves. Here are four of our our fave famous fan-fic-ers.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh