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Spotlight On: James Simon Mishibinijima

James Simon Mishibinijima

Credit: Jean Simon

Today we are pleased to feature Ojibway artist James Simon, also known as Mishibinijima. His book of drawings, Pictographs, is officially in print today—Happy Book Birthday! To learn more about the book, which depicts the myths and legends of his ancestors, check out the product page here.

 

Who is Mishibinijima?

  • An Ojibway artist from the Wikwemikong First Nation, based on Manitoulin Island
  • An educator as well as a mentor for his fellow artists
  • His art emphasizes themes of respect, peace and interconnectedness
  • His works are represented nationally and internationally in collections including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Vatican Museum

 

What has he worked on?

  • A great many paintings, drawings and other art works
  • A series of teaching materials about the four seasons for the Wikwemikong Board of Education
  • Illustrations for Portraits of Spirit Island: The Manitoulin School of Art Comes of Age
  • Pictographs: The Graphic Art of James Simon Mishibinijima

 

What are people saying about him?

“Mishibinijima’s intricate detail and use of symbols, adapted from birchbark scrolls and petroglyphs to represent various elements of his art and teachings, are brought to life with vibrant colors.” –Winona LaDuke

 

What should I read next?

  • 150 Stories / 150 récits with stories by various authors (including Mishibinijima)
  • And Now You Know: 50 Native American Legends by John W. Friesen, Virginia Lyons Friesen
  • Spirits on Stone: Lake Superior Ojibwa History, Legends & the Agawa Pictographs by Thor Conway
  • Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes edited by David Penney

 

Where can I find more information about Mishibinijima?

 

Hope you enjoyed this dive into the work of James Simon Mishibinijima. Be sure to check out Pictographs (available today!) to see some of Mishibinijima’s amazing and beautiful artwork.

Cheers,


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 15 Sep 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 stopping by and checking up on our best book links of the week. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Out and About with the Quill: Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair 2017

Don’t you just love a good small press fair? I know I do. So I particularly enjoyed the Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair held this past weekend at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. The carefully curated selection of vendors had on display various books, prints, cards and such—all of them beautiful.

Fisher Library

The beautiful Fisher Library, looking up from the reading room.

PQL display table.

Our humble display table.

We were pleased to see so many friendly and familiar faces at this year’s fair. Scroll down to see a few of those faces in this series of photographs by Don McLeod.

Stan Bevington (Coach House Books) and Will Reuter (Aliquando Press).

Stan Bevington (Coach House Books) and Will Reuter (Aliquando Press)

Marshall Hryciuk (Imago Press/Nietzsche's Brolly)

Marshall Hryciuk (Imago Press/Nietzsche’s Brolly)

Martin Llewellyn and Michelle Walker.

Martin Llewellyn and Michelle Walker.

Walter Bachinski (Shanty Bay Press)

Walter Bachinski (Shanty Bay Press)

Erica Smith and Jim Johnstone (Anstruther Press)

Erica Smith and Jim Johnstone (Anstruther Press)

 

Thank you so much for stopping by to see us and pick up a book or two. Next up, back in Toronto for Word on the Street at the end of the month. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

Best,


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 08 Sep 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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Hi Quill fans! With all of the great bookish events coming up, you’ll be wanting to see all the action. Follow us on Instagram for new awesome event photos coming soon!

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News for September, or, Stricken by Book Fever and the Pollen of New Ideas

Alas, Quill friends, I am stricken. As the end of August meanders away, leaving us with vague impressions of heat, humidity, and end-of-summer lassitude, September sneaks in quiet, demure—a bit chilly, it must be said—and smacks us directly in the nose. I find myself quite unable to defend myself, unequal to the task of avoiding the pollinated air.

But it isn’t the ragweed or hay fever that is causing my plight—it is a fever of an entirely different sort. It is a fever of enthusiasm, of anticipation, of excitement. Ladies and gentlemen, I have fallen prey to that malady that strikes me every fall. Book Fever.

doctor and patient

“What’s my prognosis, Doc?” “I’m afraid it’s a serious case of Book Fever. We can manage the symptoms with a heavy course of reading, but there is no cure.”

As the air cools and the days get shorter, publishing folk in North America close up their cottages and return to their desks to get down to the serious business of the fall season. The hottest new releases of the year are introduced in the fall. It is a season of big parties, fancy events and fascinating festivals. You’ll notice that we have quite a few of our own, and we hope you’ll join us during this time of excitement and activity.

The air is full with the pollen of new ideas, new voices, new styles. Breathe deep!

 

What’s happening this month…

At PQL.

As you might have noticed, the very first book of our Fall 2017 season is already available! You can pick up your copy of The Essential John Reibetanz today, in print and digital formats.

Next up is the fabulous and fascinating Pictographs, by James Simon AKA Mishibinijima. This book offers beautiful depictions of the legends of the Ojibway, reflecting on the forests of the Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island and passing down the wisdom of its Elders. Look for it in print soon!

In Toronto.

If you live in the GTA, we’ve got a couple of great events on the books. First off, we’ll be at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto to take part in their biennial Small and Fine Press Fair. We’ll be joined by a host of cool, creative presses and artists, including Aliquando Press, BookThug, Coach House Books, Greyweathers Press, Pedlar Press, George A. Walker and more. Stop by on Saturday, September 9, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to say hello and find some bookish treasures.

Word on the Street Toronto

We’ll also be headed back to Toronto at the end of the month for Word on the Street. The ultimate book festival, Word on the Street hosts an incredible lineup of authors and artists as well as a massive marketplace for all things literary. Visit us at Harbourfront Centre to check out our newest releases.

In other news, Dysphoria author Shane Neilson will be at the Red Head Gallery on September 23, participating in the closing performance of Jack Butler’s art exhibition, Blindfold. The event takes place 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In London.

Neilson will also be in London for the Couplets Reading Series. He’ll be reading some of his heart-wrenching poems at The ARTS Project alongside Emma Croll-Baehre on September 21.

In Guelph.

The Guelph Black Heritage Society and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group will present Tony Miller, author-artist of Daddy Hall at a talk on Saturday, September 30. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., followed by a presentation and Q&A at 7:00 p.m.

In Ottawa.

Margaret Gracie will be on hand at Perfect Books in Ottawa to promote her book Plastic. Stop by for a meet-and-greet on September 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to pick up your copy and get it signed.

In Fredericton.

It’s that time of year again—time for UNB’s Poetry Weekend. PQL authors Shane Neilson, Jim Johnstone and M. Travis Lane will be participating in this year’s festivities from September 30 to October 1. It is surely an event not to be missed!

In Saint John.

Saint John, NB’s annual Fog Lit Festival will feature two PQL authors for double the fun! Catch Barbara Sibbald, author of The Museum of Possibilities, as she leads a workshop on the editing process on September 27. Don’t forget to stop by the Words & Wine event on September 28 to hear her read from her work. Then, stick around for Margaret Gracie, reading from her book, Plastic, at the Fog Lit Novel Tea event on September 29, followed by her short fiction workshop on September 30. Check out our events page for more information.

In the world.

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Remember that September 8 is International Literacy Day. Help promote literacy in your community—read, volunteer, donate, and recognize that there are adults as well as children who could benefit from the power of the written word.

Fortune Cookie Day is September 13. Your fortune: There are many books in your future. Read and enjoy!

September 28 is Ask a Stupid Question Day. I’ve been saving up some doozies all year. Now I finally have an excuse to ask!

 

From the porcupette’s corner.

 

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Today, I am very proud to announce that we have officially started a new social channel to interact with all of you wonderful Quill fans. Be sure to follow us on Instagram to see some of our drool-worthy books in a format that does them justice. But be gentle—I’m still learning about this photography stuff, and about Instagram. Helpful tips and tricks are welcome!

Many thanks for stopping by to see what’s new at the Porcupine’s Quill this month. I hope to see you all at our upcoming events. Until then, keep reading!


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 01 Sep 2017

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Thanks for checking out this week’s roundup. If you ever have a great bookish link you think we should share, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at pqlporcupettes@gmail.com.

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.