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Palookaville at PAMA: Out and About with the Quill

This Sunday, February 19th marked the opening reception for an exhibition entitled “Heading to Palooka-Ville: Seth and the Art of the Graphic Novel” at the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives in Brampton. The event also served as an opportunity to promote our own recently-published book on Seth’s work, Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography by Tom Smart. The artist himself was in attendance, along with author Tom Smart, who is also the art gallery curator at PAMA. Both were kind enough to sign a few books for the attendees.

Check out some cool photos of the event below. All images are by Custodio’s Photography Studio Inc. and come to us courtesy of PAMA.

Seth and Tom Smart at PAMA.

Tom Smart at PAMA

Seth signs a copy of Palookaville.

Seth holds a copy of Palookaville.

 

OK, isn’t that just the coolest photo background ever? What a fantastic display put on by the fine folks at PAMA.

Many thanks to all who attended–we hope you enjoy your copies of Palookaville!

Cheers,


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 17 Feb 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 joining us for this week’s roundup. Be sure to pop by again next Friday for all the book news you could want.

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Literary Love from the Porcupine’s Quill: The Essential Jay Macpherson

They say poetry is the food of love, and if that is the case, boy do we have a feast for you!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re proud to announce that the latest volume in our Essential Poets series—The Essential Jay Macpherson—is now in print.

Full of rich, mythical allusion, lyrical verses and a hint of irony, this charming collection offers a brilliant overview of the work of one of the leading members of Canada’s mid-century poetry community.

This one is perfect for your poetry- and literature-loving Valentine.

Pro Tip: If you need a copy today, purchase a digital edition—same great content and design, but ready for instant download to your desktop or tablet.

For more information, and to read an excerpt check out our blog post, Poetry Preview: The Essential Jay Macpherson, or visit the product page on our website.

Like what you see? Don’t forget to check out our selection of 14 other titles in the Essential Poets series.

 

 
Wishing you much love and chocolate this Valentine’s Day, and don’t forget to indulge in a little poetry!

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PQ Weekly Roundup: 10 Feb 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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Happy Friday everyone! Lots of interesting bookish things happening on the internet this week, aren’t there? Don’t forget to meet us back here next week for more!

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Editing as Art Form: Musings of a Fledgling Artist

It is finally February, so we here at the Porcupine’s Quill are officially knee deep in our Spring 2017 list. We’ve pretty much wrapped up the heavy editorial lifting, so to speak, and we’ve started to move on to the business of printing and promoting. And though the editorial process is never quite over—there are always new seasons to plan, new manuscripts to evaluate and acquire—this slight lull in editing duties has made me think about what it really means to edit a book.

 

Editing is Not a Step But a Cycle

Editing is more than just a step in the publishing process. I can’t tell you how many people still think of it as simply “fixing grammar and spelling and stuff,” something that can be done by “my friend Sandy, who likes to read” or “my pal Toby, who always got As in English.”

But editing is so much more than that. Editing is patiently going through hundreds of submissions to find even one manuscript that shows literary potential. It’s working with authors to refine the plot and flesh out the characters. It’s about questioning motivations and studying symbols and images. It’s about making sure every sentence is excellent, every word resonant with meaning. And it’s also about doing these things several times, through multiple revisions, to get the best result.

Most of all, editing is about making sure the author’s voice reigns supreme.

 

Ego’s Just Another Word for Write Your Own Gosh-Darned Book

A good editor must, in my opinion, have no ego. Or at least he or she should rein it in so that it does not interfere with the important business of letting the author’s words shine!

An editor’s role is to suggest, not to dictate—to identify, not to fix. It is tempting (sooooo tempting) to rewrite a sentence here, switch out a word there, to pepper little changes everywhere. But a good editor will resist. A good editor will ask questions, make suggestions, initiate discussion. A good editor will coax the author into deepening his or her understanding of the character, into elucidating his or her thought processes, into eliminating waste, shoring up gaps and filling in holes in interesting and exciting ways.

Because let’s be real—the author’s solution to a given manuscript problem will almost always be superior to an editor’s by dint of the fact that it will ring true to the audience. It will speak to the characters and the story in a way that an editor just can’t.

 

Light Bulb Moment: An Artist Never Stops Learning

Like any art form, editing takes study, practice and hard work. I definitely consider myself a fledging in this particular artistic endeavor—I’m still finding my own technique and working out the kinks in my artistic process. I’m learning the best ways to be tactful, to be compassionate, to be persuasive rather than forceful. It’s an ongoing process, as I’m sure my poor victims will tell you, and it’s a constantly evolving one.

But anything worth doing is worth doing well, and it’s no surprise that every time I see a book that I’ve had even the smallest hand in shaping, I’m awestruck not only by the power and promise of the book, but by the conviction and dedication to the story that draws authors—and their editors—to pour heart and soul into its development.

 

Thanks for letting me muse on the role of editors and the nature of authorship. I think it’s worth reminding ourselves that our true purpose is not simply to make books, but rather to nurture writers and their stories, and to share the results with those who love literature as much as we do.

Hope you enjoyed,


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 03 Feb 2017

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Hello there, Quill fans! Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you have a warm and cozy weekend curled up with a good book.

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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.