May 17, 2012 • American History, History
The Rosenbach Museum on Bloomsday
Who doesn't love a good museum? In Philadelphia, where Quirk is located, we have a ton of 'em. Rocky even ran up the steps of one. We're also proud to be the home of the Rosenbach Museum and Library, an incredible place full of rare texts. And that's not the only museum that's all books all the time. Here are some more.
Rosenbach Museum (Philadelphia, PA): The Rosenbach Museum and Library was founded in 1954 and is home to the collections of Philip Rosenbach and his younger brother A. S. W. Rosenbach. The museum currently boasts an exhibit on the illustrations of Maurice Sendak, offering a glimpse at three picture books by the Wild Things artist. Beginning May 30th, the museum will display an exhibit titled “Who Owns Ulysses? Joyce and Copyright.” If you can’t make it out to Philadelphia, the Rosenbach’s website alone is worth a visit. Past exhibits on Abe Lincoln, the Civil War, and the history of neckwear are archived and can be explored virtually.
Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC): Founded in 1932, the Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class research center and prides itself in being the premiere center for Shakespeare studies outside of England. The library is also home to the Folger Theatre, producing three plays a year.
An exhibit titled “Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers 1500-1700” is currently on display as part of the museum’s celebration of women writers. Visitors can also view one of Shakespeare’s First Folios, which is permanently on display. The Folger owns 82 copies of the First Folio, approximately one-third of those believed to still be in existence.
May 16, 2012 • Handbooks: Worst-Case
It’s Wednesday again, and we’re approaching the big summer travel season. In honor of my own upcoming vacation, I’m going to share some advice from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel.
Okay, I am unlikely to encounter this specific danger in Orlando, but you never know what’s coming.
May 15, 2012 • Fiction
The first Lovecraft Middle School book by Charles Gilman, Professor Gargoyle, hits stores everywhere this September and we sure are excited. The second title comes out in January, and Charles is already hard at work on the third in the series.
And speaking of that third book, we're looking for a model for the cover! Here's the casting notice, straight from our Art Director, Doogie Horner:
* Quirk Books is looking for a cover model for one of our books.
* Model Description: Young boy, 11-13 years old. Should look like the archetypal teacher's pet. Round-face, chubby cheeks, wholesome looking. Preferably blonde hair and big blue eyes.
* We're shooting May 23rd at a studio in Philadelphia. Should take about 4 hours. Pay is $150.
* Please send headshots to email@example.com and write Monster Middle School in the subject line of your email.
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May 14, 2012
So May is National Hamburger Month, though for me, National Hamburger Month is something that is celebrated every month. Also week. Sometimes day. In related news, I really need to hit the gym.
I'm also giving you a chance to win one of three copies! Just leave a comment about your favorite burger (or retweet this post mentioning @quirkbooks) for a chance to win! I'll select three of you at random at the end of the month, and send you a copy of the cookbook.
May 12, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman
Sit down, Ben. I’ve got some bad news for you.
I just looked at the Amazon page for The Last Policeman, and --
What? No no no. The bad news isn’t a one-star review. Are you kidding? A book by you? With that premise? What’s not to love? It’s just that --