Quirk Books publishes just 25 strikingly unconventional books per year, and every title is a labor of love born out of our passions and obsessions. Always looking to set the next trend, Quirk delivers books and stories that are bold, unprecedented, beautifully designed and affordable.
Building off the international best-selling success of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, Quirk Books was launched in 2002 as a publisher specializing in irreverent reference gift books. As Quirk evolved and expanded its category reach, it has focused its publishing and marketing efforts on the bookish subsect of comic conventions, a group that appreciates Quirk’s range of categories and the unique voice it brings to these subjects. This focus has solidified Quirk’s overall view of itself and its founder and CEO David Borgenicht’s vision to become an “innovative book publishing company with the heart of an entertainment company.”
David Borgenicht - CEO and Founder
Brett Cohen - President and Publisher
Some of Quirk’s best-selling titles include:
• Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, a spine-tingling young adult fantasy illustrated with haunting black-and-white photography.
• Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, a bold reimagining of the classic regency novel.
• Hope Never Dies: An Obama/Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer, an escapist thriller that imagines Obama & Biden emerging from retirement as action heroes.
• My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, a horror novel best described as a combination of The Exorcist and Mean Girls.
• The William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series, which presents each film in the Disney saga as a five-act Elizabethan drama.
• Geekerella by Ashley Poston, a fandom-fueled twist on the classic Cinderella fairy tale.
• Pop Classics, a picture book series that takes hit movies from the ’80s and ’90s, such as Home Alone, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Back to the Future and reimagines them for kids ages 4–8 and kids at heart alike.
• For middle-grade readers, the Kid Legends series showcases the little-known childhood stories of icons mixing illustration with prose. The series includes Kid Presidents, Kid Athletes, Kid Artists, Kid Authors, and Kid Scientists.
While the publisher could have expanded its offerings, it continues to deliver on its promise to have every book deliver something new. “We could have done a million mash-ups after Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or aggressively published more young adult fantasy titles,” says Brett Cohen, President, and Publisher of Quirk Books. “Instead of replicating ourselves, we invested profits and resources into improving the innovative and unique qualities of the list. We invested in authors, the product, the staff, and the marketing.”
This philosophy allows Quirk to think beyond book publishing and work to deliver content that delights beyond the pages. Quirk Books actively sells rights to its books and is often involved in a producing capacity. Recent theatrical releases include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016). QuirkBooks.com acts both as a destination for readers to learn about Quirk’s books and as a blog delivering content that matches the strikingly unconventional qualities of its books.
Quirk Books is headquartered on a charming cobblestone street in the historic Old City district of Philadelphia. Quirk’s books are distributed worldwide by Penguin Random House and available wherever books are sold.