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We Want to Rent Your Brain in Exchange for a Free eBook

We want to rent your brain. Or, you know, just borrow it for a little while. And for the favour, we’re offering a free eBook download of

The Mysterious Death
of Tom Thomson

The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson

Interested? Great. Let’s start with a bit of a puzzle.

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What does this mean? Well, you’ll need to brush off your visual literacy to figure it out. And teaching visual literacy is what this post is all about. What it says is…

Hi there! This is, admittedly, a bit of a strange outreach campaign, but it’s also a contest, and we are offering a bunch of nifty prizes at the end, so keep reading to find out more.

 

What we’re doing:

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We are assembling a handy study guide that will use George A. Walker’s The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson (2012) to teach wordless novels and visual literacy at the senior high school level. The guide will be provided (free) as a PDF download, to anyone who wants it, in June 2018.

The study guide is funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Ontario Ministry of Education as part of the Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Fund.

That means it’s legit.

 

How you can help:

iconWe would like to talk to high school English and/or Fine Arts teachers in the areas surrounding Algonquin Park, though anyone, from any region, teaching any subject, is welcome to participate.

We’re looking for:

  • ideas for group and individual exercises that encourage visual literacy;
  • discussion questions inspired by the visual narrative;
  • useful skills for students to develop over the course of the guide activities; and
  • anything else you think we should know!

 

What’s in it for you:

iconsYes, you’ll be helping create study materials that teachers can use for free in their classrooms, but we’ve also got prizes!

  • Each and every one of you is welcome to a complimentary digital copy of The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson (PDF), just for reading this post.
  • Plus, anyone who offers up exercises, activities, insight, or advice on our study guide will receive a small gift—a beautiful fridge magnet featuring of one of the images from the book.

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Plus, the pièce de résistance

The four best ideas (as chosen by Publisher Tim Inkster) will win an artist’s proof from the limited edition of The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson.

walker artist's proofs

Your brain power can win you one of these honest-to-goodness works of art!
 

How to get involved:

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Have we piqued your curiosity? If so, here’s what you do:

1. Download your free ebook at store.porcupinesquill.ca using the coupon code TOM.

2. Come up with an awesome idea (or ideas) to share.

3. Contact us with your idea(s) and your mailing address for your prize.

4. Earn our unending gratitude!

 

Click here to share your winning idea!

 

Giveaway ends at 12:00 a.m. on December 15, 2017. Winners will be chosen by Publisher Tim Inkster and contacted via email. Open to residents of Canada.

 

PortraitThank you in advance for all your help. We want to make sure that we create something truly useful for all the teachers out there looking to encourage literacy and creativity, and your ideas will make that a reality!

Best,Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 17 November 2017

pqroundup2Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

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That’s it for this week’s book links. Hope you learned something cool!

Have a great weekend,sig


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Freebie Image Gallery: A Family Feast

It’s trite but true: a picture is worth a thousand words. In our emoticon-spouting, animated GIF meme-ing, Facebook-loving times, we communicate, more and more, through images. The Freebie Image Gallery features high-resolution images available through Devil’s Artisan, our very own Journal of the Printing Arts. DA’s Dingbats Section offers an ever-expanding selection of free, high-resolution, downloadable dingbats, ornaments and fanciful initials for your printed and online projects.

Today, in honour of Thanksgiving for our American friends (and to get the rest of us primed for the Holiday Eating Season), we’re featuring a gallery of beautiful vintage images that evoke the abundance—and excesses—of the holiday family feast.

cornucopia

I never understood the concept of stuffing a horn with produce and calling it home decor, but to each his or her own, I guess.

turkey

Now this is a Thanksgiving emblem I DO understand.

dinner table

I call shenanigans on this one. First of all, I am way more enthusiastic about food. Second of all, my plate during a holiday feast looks more like a mountain, or a precariously balanced tower.

glorious roast

Admit it. You, too, would be ecstatic to bring a roast like this out to the family.

feast

Now THIS is what I call a party.

man relaxing in chair

If you don’t look like this after a big holiday meal, you’re not doing it right.

 

PortraitHow’s that for a sample of the quirky and cool vintage images available over at the Dingbats Section of the Devil’s Artisan website? There are plenty more where these came from: hundreds of high-resolution typographic ornaments, insects and birds, fish and mammals, and oddities of various sorts await! Visit today to browse this gallery of curiosities.

Enjoy,Steph

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PQ Weekly Roundup: 10 Nov 2017

pqroundup2Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend full of some warm and cozy reading time.

Cheers,sig


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Pulled from the Pages: The Gamekeeper by Michael Harris

The great thing about poetry is that it can take such varied forms. Some poems might tug on your heartstrings and leave you an emotional mess. Others might make you laugh. Yet others will make you swoon over the beauty and power of language. Very rarely, you’ll come across a collection that does all of these things.

For me, Michael Harris’s The Gamekeeper is one of those collections.

The Gamekeeper

The Gamekeeper includes a selection of poems that spans four decades’ worth of Harris’s poetic output, from the philosophy and emotion of Grace (1977) to the appreciation of natural beauty in In Transit (1985) to the quirkiness, humour and linguistic wordplay of Circus (2011). It is little wonder, then, that The Gamekeeper manages to dabble in so many poetic modes and evoke such a range of feeling in readers.

I particularly enjoyed some of the longer, multi-part poems. While I appreciate a good sonnet or a short, pithy verse as much as the next person, I love the poems that take their time and gently tease out a subject or an emotion, considering it from multiple angles, at different times, in different places. This is evident in The Gamekeeper, for example, in “Death and Miss Emily” and in “Turning Out the Light”. The act of going back, of probing a topic like a sore tooth, seems to me like a very honest, very relatable way of facing an emotional or intellectual challenge.

Below I reproduce small section of “Spring Descending” another long poem that touches on truth, love, memory and the facets of being in a relationship.

 

Pulled from the Pages

From “Spring Descending”

Let me alter the myth to fit
what in fact happened: she patted
the wax into place, saving the honey
for whatever else she had in mind,

tired of having me tag along, disappeared
in one great closing of her wings,
and left me to the labyrinth
with nowhere to go but up.

With thinning air to hold me
one wingbeat from grace, I traced
her path into the fire
until my head burst into flames

and I began the fall.
And in my growing shadow saw
the awful chaos of the sea
alive with plenitudes of fish

breeding and devouring, in water whose
softest body was about to turn
to stone. Perhaps the story
hasn’t changed at all:

I see the simple truth is:
once I flew. And once I fell.

 

About the Author

Born in Glasgow Scotland and raised in Montreal, Michael Harris has enjoyed a varied career as an author, editor and educator. He has taught English and Creative Writing at McGill, Concordia, and Dawson College, and spent twenty years as poetry editor of the Véhicule Press imprint Signal Editions. He is the author of several well-regarded poetry collections, including Circus (2010), which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His works of poetry and prose have been published in leading journals and magazines across North America. Harris’s most recent book is Field Notes: Prose Pieces 1969 – 2012 (2013). He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

 

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Thanks for checking out our latest, hot-off-the-press book of poetry. Don’t forget to pick up your copy in print, or in ebook format on our website. Click here to buy today!Steph

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PQ Weekly Roundup: 03 November 2017

pqroundup2Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

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Thanks for checking in on this week’s most clickable book links. See you back here next week, Quill fans!

Happy Friday,sig


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The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.