June 18, 2012 • Handbooks: Worst-Case
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June 18, 2012 • Cookbook: Desserts
After an amazing signing and sampling at Parnassus Books in her hometown of Nashville, TN, Lindsay Landis is packing up some books, some cookie dough, and heading off to Aspen, Colorado for an event at Explore Booksellers.
At the event this Wednesday, Lindsay will once again be signing cookbooks and dishing out delectable samples. At Parnassus, she whipped up some classic truffles, whoopie pies (referred to as "food of the Gods" by a bookstore employee) and special Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles (you can grab the recipe off her website!). Guests can look forward to similar treats, no doubt.
Come out, say hi, eat some cookie dough. You know you want to. Nom!
Lindsay Landis @ Explore Booksellers
Wednesday, July 20th, 2012
221 East Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611
June 18, 2012 • American History
The Library of Congress has 34.5 million books, but the writers in the Publishing Office only used a select few sources from the Library's 838 miles of bookshelves.
In spite of the size of our book collection, the books we used from the Library's collections for the entries featured in Presidential Campaign Posters only occupied one small shelf in our conference room. Yet these books and the facts held within their pages helped all of our writers craft captions that were both fun and factual. Most importantly, the books helped us tell the story behind the posters and the election it commemorates.
June 14, 2012 • Fiction
Here at Quirk we sure do love infographics and flowcharts. Links to the fabulous literary infographics that Flavorpill posts and Bookriot's Flowchart Friday are regularly forwarded around the office. And as much as we love them, we were jealous. We wanted one!
So in honor of our Ten Year Anniversary, we made our own.
In our infographic, you'll learn all sorts of fun, appropriately quirky facts about our publishing company. How many employees have, at some point, lived in the Quirk office building? How many parties do we throw? If you stacked up all the copies of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children in print, what mountain would that pile be taller than?
Answers to all these questions and more await you below. Enjoy!
June 14, 2012 • Fiction
Nothing goes together like coffee and books. Reading in coffee shops is a favorite pastime of book lovers around the world, so what could be better than a book themed cafe?
These five literary coffee shops will feed both your mind and your body, so be sure to check them out.
Bennu (Pictured Above): A 24 hour coffee house in Austin, Texas, Bennu's known for its gourmet mochas that are named after books. A quick glance at the menu and you'll see classics like The Scarlet Letter, Oliver Twist and The Great Gatsby. Each drink is created with a book in mind, and they all sound delicious. The one the sounds the best to me is the Don Quixote, which is described as “Azteca D'oro Spiced Chocolate Mocha topped with home-made whipped cream and dusted with Mexican spiced powder." Yum!
McNally Jackson Cafe: A bookstore in NYC, and its cafe is really something special. Books hang suspended from the ceiling and pages line the walls, giving the space a whimsical feel. The lights above the counter hold stacks of books, which is appropriate for its place in a bookstore. They even have a literary experience section on the menu where you can eat and drink the same things as a character from your favorite book.
Literati Cafe: Located in Los Angeles, Literati Cafe does not disappoint. The walls feature black and white photographs of various literary figures as well as posters of famous book covers. The atmosphere has been described as “bookish”, with little nooks and crannies for customers to sip a latte and crack open a novel.