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  • On the evening of Tuesday, January 17th, I gathered at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver to celebrate the release of my debut novel, Taft 2012.

    Tattered Cover is a Denver institution as well as being one of the finest booksellers in America, and it was an honor to be their guest. The crowd was amazing--must have been at least a hundred people there, and not even all of them were my family!--and despite my nervousness I was somehow able to keep people from fleeing.

    But in all seriousness, I couldn't have imagined a better book launch. Thanks to everyone who came!

  • When Stacia Kuceyeski of the Ohio Historical Society reached out regarding Taft 2012 campaign materials, she included photos of her adorable pug-chihuahua mix... President William Howard Taft, or just "Taft" to his friends.

    These, of course, had to be posted on the blog immediately.

    The photos are of Taft posing at the McKinley Memorial in Canton, Ohio. Please take note of the sassy Taft tag on his collar and the scarlet carnation, which is Ohio's state flower. According to Stacia, McKinley always wore one.

    There are a few more photos below after the jump. Take a look. Thanks for sending these in, Stacia! Taft sure is cute.

     

  • Do the books in your local bookshop come alive once the store closes, much like the toys in Toy Story? After watching this video, I sure like to think so.

    The creators of the video did something similar with their bookshelf about a year ago, another YouTube video I saw and adored. But this time they animated an entire bookstore, a charming little shop called Type located in Toronto.

    Watch and enjoy. Thanks for sending the link over, Jane!

  • Contest Closed! Thank you!

    Well, this is the last holiday giveaway. Today we're giving you a chance to win all our fiction titles, including our mashups and Taft 2012, which isn't due out until January. I'm also tossing in some posters with a couple of the books... which includes a special, limited edition signed Miss Peregrine poster.

    Now, you might notice us go quiet over the next week or so here on the website, Twitter, Facebook... but we'll be back! We're all taking a nice holiday break and returning January 2nd.

    See you next year, book lovers!

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: The New York Times bestselling YA smash. I'll include a signed poster with this!

    Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Seth Graham Smith: The original mashup that helped usher in a new literary genre.

    Bedbugs by Ben Winters: A young couple's dream home is crawling with bedbugs... or is it? Rosemary's Baby meets the Amityville Horror in Ben Winters' horror story of supernatural bedbugs.

    Taft 2012 by Jason Heller: A Rip Van Winkle-esque tale of William Howard Taft. Reawakening in our time and thrust into the primaries, Taft adjusts to our world with hilarious and often times heartwarming results.

    Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steven Hockensmith: The New York Times bestselling prequel to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. How did the Bennett sisters become such fierce warriors? Hockensmith tells their story.

    Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith: When Mr. Darcy is bitten by a dreadful, Lizzy goes on an epic quest to find a cure for her beloved.

    Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters by Ben Winters: What happens when the Dashwood sisters run into giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, and two-headed sea serpents? Ben Winters' New York Times bestselling Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters does.

    Android Karenina by Ben Winters: An enhanced edition of the literary classic... with robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.

    The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook: "One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten." That's all you need to know.

    Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson & Sam Stall: A rag-tag team of Star Trek fans get caught up in a zombie attack at a Trekkie convention.

    How can you win? Leave a comment that either 1.) Details how you would survive in a zombie uprising or 2.) What your 'peculiar' superpower would be. You can also simply retweet this post while mentioning @quirkbooks. I'll select one of you at random for a bag full of Quirk fiction goodness.

    Note: Make sure you leave your email so I can contact you!

    Good luck, and happy holidays everyone!

  • Here at Quirk, we love creating unique, innovative books.

    And since it IS December, the magical time of year when blogs everywhere are banging out Best Of Lists (David at Largeheartedboy has a great roundup of them), we decided to write up our own. I polled the office and asked for innovative book picks. Whether it was the writing, the design, the illustration, or the packaging, as long as the book caught our eye in some special way, it got featured below.

    Have your own picks? I bet you do! Leave them in the comments. We could use some good reads (and inspiration!) for 2012.

  • Contest Closed!

    Next up in the FIve Days of Quirkmas giveaway... a chance to win all our titles coming out in January 2012! Books from the future!

    Taft 2012 by Jason Heller: The hilarious, Rip Van Winkle-esque story of William Howard Taft, who awakens in our time just in time for the primaries.

    The Thorn & the Blossom by Theodora Goss: One enchanting romance, two lovers keeping secrets, and a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever. You've never seen a book like this one. Seriously. Check out the video that demonstrates how it works.  Neat, right?

    Ten Tea Parties by Joseph Cummins: Yeah yeah, you know all about the Boston Tea Party. But what about the nine others? You can learn about those in this book.

    The Onion Presents: Love, Sex, & Other Natural Disasters: A hilarious collection of some of The Onion's funniest stories about high-school sweethearts, college hook-ups, dating disasters, weddings, divorces, and more.

    How can you enter? Just leave a comment about what book interests you the most and why. Be sure to include your email address, so I'll be able to contact you. I'll choose one of you at random at the end of the week, and you'll get the whole bundle, including a handsome Taft 2012 poster and pin!

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