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Detroit Book Fest: Out and About with the Quill

I recently had the very great pleasure of participating in the inaugural Detroit Festival of Books. Organized by the Book Club of Detroit, the event was set for July 16 at the famous Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect for the event. It was the festival’s very first year. It was a Sunday, when the market is well known for its Saturday crowds. Plus, the weather forecast threatened rain, which isn’t exactly prime book-buying weather.

But all of those worries were for naught. There were reportedly over 10,000 attendees who made their way through the vendor tables, and the weather was mild and breezy. All in all, I was quite simply blown away by the fantastic response and the motivated crowd of book lovers who came and bought up all our books. I definitely can’t wait until next year!

If you’re curious about this event, scroll down for some photos.

Let’s start with the all-important display. We started out with a full table of books in the morning … and left with only a few copies at the end!

We weren’t the only ones setting up–there were a wide variety of bookish vendors who attended the festival.

The view from the PQL table…

Now things are starting to heat up! Good thing we had a cool breeze drifting in.

There were quite a few authors in attendance to sign their books.

Everyone who stopped by was a book lover pleased as bunch to be among so many kindred spirits.

 

This is just a taste of the event before I got too busy to take pictures. For a true sense of the sheer number of people who enjoyed this event, check out the photo gallery on the Detroit Book Fest website–and see if you can spot yours truly!

Cheers, and thanks to all who stopped by!


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 21 Jul 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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What a week it has been! Thank you for the amazing response at the Detroit Book Fest this weekend, and of course for all of your enthusiastic participation in our latest giveaway. Fingers crossed for everyone!

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Book Bundle Giveaway: George A. Walker Visual Biographies

If you love free books, you’re in for a treat. This week, in honour of his upcoming radio interview on Hunters Bay Radio’s “Storylines,” we’re giving away a four-book bundle of George A. Walker’s magnificent visual biographies!

These are books that transcend language, telling the stories of famous (and infamous) artists and public figures entirely through wood engravings. The images in these books communicate through the exquisite vocabulary of emotion, conveying joy and laughter, pain and fear, love and loss. They offer a brilliant artistic narrative that you can enjoy over and over again.

We’re giving one lucky winner a chance to win print copies of each of George A. Walker’s wordless biographies. Enter using the form below, and don’t forget to tune into the interview on Thursday, July 20th on Hunters Bay Radio!

 

GEORGE A. WALKER
VISUAL BIOGRAPHIES
BOOK GIVEAWAY

Want to win this awesome prize? It’s easy:

1. log in to the form below using email, Facebook or Twitter
2. earn up to four entries by visiting us Facebook, tweeting on Twitter, or browsing our George A. Walker Page. (Do all three and unlock a bonus entry!)
3. log out of the form to submit your entry

The winner will be contacted by email next week. (Open to residents of the United States and Canada.)

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Best of luck to all who enter! When you’ve finished, don’t forget to check out George’s other beautiful books!

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PQ Weekly Roundup: 14 Jul 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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I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s instalment of the PQ Weekly Roundup. Remember, feel free to share the most interesting book links you stumble across. Also remember to stop by Detroit’s Eastern Market for the first annual Detroit Book Fest. I’ll be there, with books!

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Congratulations 2017 eLit Award Winners!

 

The winners of the eLit Awards have been chosen. Every year, the awards honour the best English-language ebooks. We are pleased to report that several of our exceptional Porcupine’s Quill authors have emerged victorious!

Let’s give a big round of applause to our deserving medalists in the following categories:

 

Bronze, Essay / Creative Non-Fiction

 

Gold, Graphic Novel / Drawn Book

 

Silver, Humour

 

Gold, Travel-Essay

 

Ladies and gentlemen, the winners!

 

portraitIf you haven’t already, you should definitely check out these award-winning books. They’re all available now, in print and digital format, for your reading pleasure!

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PQ Weekly Roundup: 07 Jul 2017

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Thanks for checking in on the PQ Weekly Roundup. See you next week!

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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.