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    June 20th is “Take Your Dog to Work Day!” It’s a day to celebrate our canine companions and also encourage adoptions across the country. But your place of work might actually be kind of boring compared to these working dogs we want to celebrate. Here are some amazing dogs with incredible jobs! 

  • Oh, hello—I didn't see you there.

    As if your status of Book Nerd wasn’t high enough – what with your endless bookshelves, strange priorities to buy books over groceries, and constant chatter about what this character did in that book – bring your new pet into the fold with a deeply literary or historical name. Pick a perfectly bookish name in honor of your favorite character!

  • Today, we're thrilled to be publishing Find Momo, the debut book by photographer Andrew Knapp. The adventures of Andrew and his adorable border collie Momo delight over 130,000 Instagram followers every single day, and we can't wait to introduce this lovable duo to even more people. 

    As a special way to celebrate the release of the book, we've teamed up with Social Print Studio, who a lot of you might know from their amazing print programs. They let users print beautiful photos from Facebook with GetBlue and Instagram with Printstagram, and you can order from their print studio site and app, printstud.io. You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and like them over on Facebook.

    We're running a truly awesome giveaway with them, offering you a chance to get some beautiful prints of Momo and gift cards to Printstagram. 

    What are those sweet, sweet prizes? Check it out. 

    Grand Prize: A framed Momo print, a paw printed book, and a Find Momo poster! 
    Three Runners Up: A set of Prinstagram images (of Momo or from your own feed / Facebook), a paw printed book, a Find Momo poster. Your choice of a $19 gift code or 24 squares from Andrew's Instagram feed.
    First 20 Rafflecopter Entrants: Will recieve $5 Prinstagram codes and a Find Momo poster. 

    That's right. The grand prize is a framed Momo print. The first person selected by the Rafflecopter will win a beautiful 11x11 framed Momo photo (in a square, black, 12x12 frame) selected by the author. 

    Note, that photo above is just a mockup. Andrew will pick a gorgeous photo when the contest is over. He's on a book tour across the country right now, so who knows what kind of gorgeous pictures he's going to take? 

    How can you enter? We've made it incredibly easy with a Rafflecopter below. You can follow @quirkbooks, @andrewknapp, or @socialps on Twitter, like us on Facebook, tweet about the giveaway, all that good stuff! So go ahead, enter, and join us in playing #FindMomo

    And a huge thank you to Social Print Studio for teaming up with us on this. You guys are the greatest. 

  • So fashion! Wow. Such style! Very haute! Amaze.

    Here at the Quirk HQ, we love the hilarious, grammatical disaster that is the "doge" meme. And by we, I mean myself, editorial assistant Blair Thornburgh, and frequent Quirk blogger Brian Morrell. True story, Brian's favorite doges in literature post is a treasured piece of writing that is referenced weekly via Gchat. 

    This April, Quirk is proud to be publishing Haute Dogs by Russell van Kraayyenburg. Full of fancy and appropriately "haute" hot dog recipes, it's just a great cookbook packed with amazing recipes and beautiful food photography. And we'd like to give you a chance to win a copy, in the silliest way possible.

    We'd like you to Photoshop your own Haute Doge, and send it over to us here at Quirk! Take the wonderful doge we all know and love, and make that puppy look as fashionable and hip as possible. You can email us your hilarious image (to eric@quirkbooks.com) or tweet it to @QuirkBooks. We'll pick our five favorites on March 10th, post them here on the blog, and send you an early copy of Haute Dogs

    Note: You can grab the original photo over at Know Your Meme

    Good luck! Be amaze! 

  • Excellent news for the year's end: the creepy-cool The Resurrectionist has been selected as one of the iBooks Best of 2013 in the Fantasy category, while the much-anticipated Hollow City and the loveable Find Momo have been picked as some of Winter's Biggest Books!

    We're super-excited. Head to the iBookstore to download or pre-order your own copies!

  • "Fetch me another bale of alfalfa!" - Chinchilla Thor

    When it comes to Halloween costumes for small critters like ferrets, guinea pigs, and hamsters, your options are somewhat limited. As an owner of an adorable bunny (who was featured in Quirk's craftbook Microcrafts) and a chinchilla (who has yet to make his published book debut, Margaret!) I feel the pain that small animal owners experience around Halloween.

    I mean, everyone else gets to dress up their larger pets, their cats and their dogs, in various costumes. I watch them all get posted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... all with a rising jealousy in my heart. What about me? What about my need to take pictures of my pets looking adorable?

    After fiddling around Etsy for a bit in an attempt to find Halloween costumes for small pets, I found a treasure trove thanks to this blog post. Let me introduce you to Marmota Cafe, an Etsy shop opperating out of Washington, D.C., who seems to specialize in great costume options for tiny, furry friends. All the costumes run from $9 to $18, and are designed with the comfort of your small pets in mind. 

    Have a look, and prepare to smile. 

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