National Intern Day is on July 29, 2021, and we're shining the spotlight on our rockstar marketing and publicity intern! Read on to get to know Olivia.
Hello everyone! My name is Olivia, and I am the marketing and publicity intern for Quirk Books for summer 2021! I’m also a rising junior at Emerson College studying Writing, Literature, and Publishing. In my free time, you can usually find me reading, discovering new food places, hunting for used copies of Moby Dick at my local used bookstores, and spending way too much time scrolling on TikTok!
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Normally, I am very much a Young Adult enthusiast when it comes to my reading tastes. However; I’ve been trying to branch out recently, so all of these books are outside of my comfort zone!
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
While I really like Young Adult contemporary books, I have not graduated to Adult literary fiction quite yet! However, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous has been a wonderful introduction to the genre, and I will definitely be reading more.
- The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Since I started interning at Quirk, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires has been at the top of my TBR list! I am not normally a horror reader (or a fan of vampire books), but the idea of a book club protecting their community from vampires had me pushing aside all of my priorities so I could start reading this.
- Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
I am not normally the type of person to pick up and analyze a poetry collection, however last semester, I took a class called “Black Revolutionary Thought” where we talked about phenomenal Black writers and artists throughout U.S. history. One of these writers was Langston Hughes! We touched on his work briefly since it was an overview course, but I wanted to dive deeper into his works so I decided to pick up this poetry collection!
What are some of your all-time favorite books?
- They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Even though They Both Die At The End has been blowing up recently because of TikTok, I have loved this book since I got an Advanced Reader’s Copy of it when I was in high school (yes, I totally have an "I loved it before it was cool" complex about this book!). I read it during a time of change and transition in my life, and this book definitely changed my life for the better.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I normally don’t re-read books, however Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is one of the few books that I have re-read! I am a sucker for a book with a found-family trope (and spooky vibes, of course!), so this book has been a hard-core favorite of mine for a while. In fact, I had to take the SAT exam one morning when I was a senior in high school and then I immediately left to drive two hours to a Ransom Riggs book signing! Yes, I’m that hardcore about this series.
- One Last Stop by Casey McQuinston
One Last Stop is a new favorite of mine. I have two great loves in life: New York City and public transportation! One Last Stop is essentially a love letter to both of these! This book also has a found-family trope, so I immediately connected with the characters and the story.
Tell us about your favorite fandom!
Broadway! Before the pandemic, I used to go see a musical or show at least once a week (thanks to all of the amazing student discounts at Boston-area theaters).
I just truly think there is something so magical about sitting down in a theatre and being able to immediately immerse yourself in a production. I’ve been able to meet so many amazing people through Broadway and attending shows, and I am already counting down the days until Broadway reopens!
What is your favorite thing about interning at Quirk Books?
As cheesy as it sounds, one of my favorite things about interning at Quirk Books has to be the books that I have been able to work with. I’ve been a fan of Quirk for quite some time, and I feel like I’m pinching myself every day that I get to work with books that I genuinely love. I’ve learned so much already during my time at Quirk, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for me!