June 9, 2017 • Geek Girl, History, Women's Interest
As the lone Canadian in Wonder Women, Sarah Emma Edmonds has a special place in my heart – and hopefully in yours, once you hear about her amazing exploits. You can read her story in full in my book Wonder Women, but I thought I would share with you my quick Coles Notes* on one of the most bad-ass nerdy babes in history, supplemented by original ephemera from Michigan in Letters, Collections Canada, and her own book.
June 8, 2017 • Geek Girl, History, Reference: Non-Fiction, Women's Interest
Invariably, when I go on tour or to cons to talk about Wonder Women, someone asks me to pick my favorite woman in the book – and let me tell you, that is a nigh impossible decision. So many of these women have the most kick-ass life stories, and I feel so incredibly honored to have been able to bring them to print.
June 5, 2017 • Comics, History
Does real life imitate art, or does art imitate life? At Quirk Books we say, “Who cares, let’s have both!” That’s why our catalog includes Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers as well as The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from the History of Comics. And being that it’s Wonder Woman Week, we can’t help but wonder if the women featured in those two books would enjoy meeting each other and going on adventures and stuff.
Wonder Women illustrations by Sophia Foster-Dimino
May 24, 2017 • American History, Geek Girl, History, Reference: Non-Fiction, Women's Interest
As space pioneer Sally Ride’s birthday approaches (May 26) and discussion of the incredible women in Hidden Figures demands attention and captivates imaginations, we consider the role of women in science and how, for years, their stories have been superseded by their male counterparts. Today we honor Sally Ride and the countless women who broke boundaries and denied stereotypes by highlighting exceptional accounts of their stories.
May 2, 2017 • Reference: Non-Fiction, Fiction, History
A mention of the word ‘scurvy’ often brings to mind pirates, but you might not be aware that scurvy is a very real and still relevant issue. Scurvy is a condition caused by a lack of vitamin C, which causes tiredness, muscle weakness, rashes, and bleeding gums. Pirates often suffered from scurvy due to the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables while sailing the seven seas. May 2nd is Scurvy Awareness Day, so to do our part, we’re highlighting 5 swashbuckling stories about pirates! The Limestrong website also recommends making your cat a fruit helmet and sharing via social media, which we also fully endorse. Yes, there are pictures for inspiration!
April 7, 2017 • History
Recueil des croniques d'Engleterre, vol. 1, Netherlands (Bruges), 1471-1483, Royal MS 15 E. iv, f. 180r
We love hedgehogs! Hedgehogs are a commonly occurring animal in manuscripts and bestiaries throughout the Middle Ages (and who can blame the artists for including them?). If you’ve read our other posts about medieval manuscripts, be warned: this might be the cutest one yet.