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  • CAMP PLOT-A-WANNA is a weekly 8-part series where Quirk Books staffers reimagine famous authors as pre-teens, stuck together at summer camp. Check out the rest of the posts here. It is also an entirely fictional place. Please don't have your parents drop you off at our offices with sleeping bags.

  • Summer’s heating up, but so are the awesome literary events in New York City. This week offers the opportunity to celebrate a ton of debut novelists, with events in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as get tips on how to cope with the business side of a literary life. As always, we’ve gathered up places to eat and things to do nearby so that you can have the best bookish week in NYC. Make sure to tweet at us to tell us where you went!

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    It’s another great week for bookish events in New York City, and we’ve made sure to pair them with some local restaurant picks. Make your way to Brooklyn for the paperback release of Cutting Teeth, the debut novel from Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop founder Julia Fierro. We’ve also got two neighboring events in Soho, with debut novelist Julia Pierpont at McNally Jackson on Wednesday, and Karolina Waclawiak at Housing Works on Thursday. Make sure to tweet at us to let us know where you went!

  • Summer is officially here, but don’t let the heat get you down. There are still plenty of cool ways for you to have the best bookish day in New York City.  Whether you check out the historic sites of Dorothy Parker’s childhood on the Upper West Side, or visit the lions at the New York Public Library, make sure to tweet at us to let us know where you went.

  • (image via syracuse.com)

    As George Saunders put it in his 2013 address to Syracuse, the university commencement address is a tradition in which “some old fart, his best hears behind him, who over the course of his life has made a series of dreadful mistakes, offers heartfelt advice to a group of shining, energetic, beautiful young people.” 

    It’s a little strange that a person, based almost entirely on their celebrity status, is somehow qualified to offer life advice to the next generation. But it comes as no surprise that authors often offer the best words of wisdom. Here, we've collected the five most inspiring commencement speeches given by authors.

  • Writing is hard. If you don’t think so, you’re not doing it right. You can love it, enjoy it, and have a great time writing but it’s still hard work. It’s easy to get discouraged, to have no idea where to start, to think you can’t do it, and to want to quit before you even sit down. That’s why I like to follow authors: they motivate me, inspire me, remind me everyone struggles, no one is a success over night. While no one can actually make you sit down and do the work, here’s a little help in the inspiration, motivation, and learning department.

     

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