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Cooking with Flowers at the Philadelphia Flower Show with author Miche Bacher on March 9th!

Join Cooking with Flowers author Miche Bacher this Saturday, March 9 at the Philadelphia Flower Show for a tasty floral demonstration!

This year's awesome Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center will feature a Garden to Table Studio with fantastic, flowery demos from chefs including Miche Bacher: pastry chef, flower connoisseur, and Quirk author! Miche will be serving a lovely hibiscus chutney to celebrate the show's theme of all things British: Brilliant! 

Do stop by on Saturday, March 9th at 3 PM for a taste of spring to come! Admission to the Studio is included with the price of a ticket.

Garden to Table Studio at the Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107 (map)

Cooking with Flowers will hit stores April 2.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

Brooklyn Craft Camp with Craft-A-Day’s Sarah Goldschadt and Quirk Giveaway on March 16!

Come join Craft-A-Day's Sarah Goldschadt in Brooklyn on March 16 for a craft-packed day of DIY and a giveaway from Quirk Books!

We're thrilled to share that the wonderful Sarah Goldschadt will be hosting a Craft-A-Day bar at the Brooklyn Craft Camp in Greenpoint, a daylong festival of activites, food, and awesome crafting–all with your fellow do-it-yourselfers. Stop by to see Sarah and whip up a little something for yourself, then stay for the day and enjoy four 90-minute sessions with other knitters, painters, glue-ers, and makers. The day begins with coffee & donuts and ends with cocktails & snacks, and features a keynote lunch in between with Jay McCarroll of Project Runway fame. 

And since we're so excited to be part of all the craftitutde, Quirk will be giving away some awesome prizes: tote bags, a pack of all our craft books, and–of course–copies of Craft-A-Day

In short: it's like camp, for grown-ups, with only Arts & Crafts (and food) plus a chance to win craft books from Quirk. Don't miss out!

Brooklyn Craft Camp
Saturday, March 16th
10 AM — 7 PM

Greenpoint Lutheran Church of the Messiah
129 Russell Street
(between Driggs and Nassau Avenue)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (map)

Advance registration is required, with a $275 fee to cover food and supplies.

Craft-A-Day is available now.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

Swissted Launch Party March 14 in NYC!

Join Quirk Books and author/artist Mike Joyce to celebrate the launch of Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined on March 14!

Mar 14, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11201 (map)

powerHouse arena in Brooklyn will play host to a celebration of the two coolest subcultures ever to come together in a poster book: Modernist Swiss design and punk rock. Swissted features 200 perforated and ready-to-frame posters of real concerts reimagined with stylish Swiss aesthetics by graphic designer Mike Joyce of Stereotype Design.

Besides drinks and awesome art, the evening will feature the sounds of the legendary drum-and-bass pioneer DJ DB to dance (or mosh) to. Trust us: this is guaranteed to be the most badass typography-related launch party of the year. Don't miss out!

Head to the powerHouse site for more details, and be sure to RSVP on Facebook too! We'll see you there m/

Swissted hits stores on March 5.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

Six Cromulent Made-Up Words to Enrich Your Vocabulary

Forget flash cards for a minute–learning words can actually be funSee, the great thing about the English language is just how flexible, fanciful, adaptable, and extendable it is. Individual words evolve with use, kind of like Pokémon. The entirety of vocabulary gets bigger when it needs to, kind of like a Pokémon deck with an expansion pack. And when writers can’t quite capture the correct word in the wild, they concoct one with syllables from other, older words…kind of like how Pokémon scientists built Mewtwo.

Seriously, and video-game metaphors aside, new words (or neologisms, for those without an Orwellian avoidance of all things non Anglo-Saxon) are a whole bunch of fun (kind of like…never mind). Here’s a few choice coinages from literature and beyond to embiggen your vocabulary.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

4 Songs from the 90s that Totally Rip Off Ancient Poetry



It doesn’t take a music snob to get that a lot of 90’s music is unoriginal and derivative. But some songs aren’t derived from just other bands. Yes, some of your favorite car-dancing, toe-tapping anthems are straight-up swiped from dead Roman poets, Old English manuscripts, and ancient books of the Bible. Here are four of our favorite cases of lit-to-lite-rock plagiarism.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

The Sky is Falling! Literally!

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This Friday, an asteroid is headed for earth. Seriously.

Armageddon it ain’t. Definitely not Deep Impact either. And no, we haven’t confused The Last Policeman with reality–the catastrophically ginormous Asteroid 2011GV1 that looms over Detective Hank Palace as he investigates a suspicious suicide is still pure (awesome) fiction.

But there’s still another rock out there, and it’s coming for us…kinda.

Posted by Blair Thornburgh