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Literary Board Games: Shakespearean Pic-Up Stix

We at Quirk love a good board game almost as much as we love a good book. (Okay, maybe not quite as much as a good book.) So naturally, why can't we have both? Each month, we're going to reimagine a classic board game with a literary and pop culture twist! This month, inspired by our childhood Paul Bunyan version, we decided we wanted to re-imagine Pick-Up Sticks: but with a Shakespearen twist! 

Posted by Jamie Canaves

Vote the Quirk Party in the Final Round of the Goodreads Choice Awards!

The FINAL round of voting for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 is happening and two Quirky titles need your support! Everything gets tallied on November 23rd, so get those votes in! 

Posted by Julie Leung

Quirk the Vote at the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015!

The semifinal round of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 are underway, and as a citizen of Quirk Nation, we need you to do your civic duty! Some of Quirk's very own are in the running, and we need YOUR support!  Now why should you vote for these books? We'll let the books speak for themselves. This round ends on November 15th, so get those votes in! 

Posted by Kristin Schrier

So You Think You Can Turn Pop Songs into Shakespearean Sonnets?

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

Normally I’d turn that lyric into a line of iambic pentameter. Today, I think it’s fine the way it is. With a few short words, the Grateful Dead pretty much summed up my last two years or so — from the first moments of rewriting a Carly Rae Jepsen song as Shakespeare to putting the finishing touches on the book. The entire process has been extraordinary in both senses of the word: wonderful and kinda far out, man.  It’s also been educational. At the outset, I didn’t know “thee” from “thou,” or when a word like “make” should become “makest.” But there are less obvious things I’ve picked up while translating pop songs into sonnets — things I can’t pass on in the sonnets themselves. Here are some of the more entertaining ones:

Posted by Erik Didriksen

#15SecondShakespeare Meets Pop Sonnets!

Over the last few days, Twitter has been alight with the hashtag #15SecondShakespeare, where actors recite song lyrics as if they were Elizabethan soliloquies. Not only are they hilarious, they're raising money and awareness for the Red Cross. Here are some of our favorite highlights — paired with a matching Pop Sonnets to take it one step further!

Posted by Erik Didriksen

Pop Sonnets Summer Jams: The Ultimate Collection

We've collected all our Shakespearean versions of summer's greatest hits and put them in one convenient spot: Right here! So take a dip in the pool or pop a cold one, and don't forget to share these with a good sir or madame who could do with a reminder to enjoy the summertime. 

"Summer Girls" – LFO  
"Dancing In the Street" – Martha and the Vandellas

"Summertime" – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
 "Margaritaville" – Jimmy Buffett

Posted by Quirk Books Staff