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PQ Weekly Roundup: 21 Apr 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 enjoyed this week’s roundup of bookish links. Fingers crossed for some lovely reading weather this weekend!

Cheers,sig


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Book Bundle Giveaway: Essential Women of Poetry

Happy Poetry Month to one and all! It’s been lovely, these past few weeks, to immerse ourselves in verse and to take a moment to appreciate a nicely written verse. It’s also been fun to discover (or rediscover) some talented poets who, for whatever reason, might have dropped off of our poetry radars.

We here at PQL want to do our part to remind poetry lovers of some important but sometimes underappreciated voices in Canadian poetry. In keeping, we are giving away a fantastic book bundle chock full of wonderful poetry by female Canadian poets whose voices deserve to be heard.

 

ESSENTIAL WOMEN OF POETRY GIVEAWAY

 

Essential Women of Poetry Bundle

 

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 Essential Poets 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.

 
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portraitBest of luck to all who enter, and have a happy Poetry Month full of discovery and verse!sig


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 14 Apr 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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Remember that we’re continuing to feature some lovely poem snippets on Facebook and Twitter as part of our #PQLPoemADay promotion. Like us and/or follow us if you appreciate these poetic pick-me-ups!

Have a great long weekend,sig


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Out and About with the Quill: Fabulous Fictions in Grimsby

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of text and images from Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices, the wacky and wonderful project by Leon Rooke and Tony Calzetta. The show features a display of the original artists’ book, including a truly fabulous pop-up paper sculpture, the artwork and texts in their original presentation, and other bright and beautiful visual art for your amusement. Don’t forget to stop by before May 21 to see the exhibition for yourself.

You can find more information about it here.

In the mean time, check out some photos of the opening reception, which took place on Sunday, April 9. Many thanks to Gabrielle de Montmollin for the photographs!

Fabulous Fictions installation

A view of the colourful and super cool installation

Tony Calzetta and Rhona Wenger

Rhona Wenger, Director/Curator of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and artist Tony Calzetta

Don McLeod

Devil’s Artisan Editor Don McLeod looks on

Tim and Elke Inkster

PQL Publishers Tim and Elke Inkster watch the discussion

Tony Calzetta

The artist has his say


A warm thank you to all those who have stopped by to check out the exhibition. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the trade edition to take home!

Cheers,


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 7 Apr 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’ve all been enjoying our poem snippets on Facebook and Twitter as part of our #PQLPoemADay. Nothing like a few lines of beautiful poetry to give you a pick-me-up later in the day!

Happy Friday,sig


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News for April

Call me contrary if you want to, but I have a teensy bit of a problem with choosing one month out of the year and imbuing it with the sheer weight and awe-inspiring importance of an entire literary genre.

“What are you on about, Porcupette Steph?” you ask.

Here’s the thing. April is National Poetry Month in the USA and Canada. Now, I love me some poetry when I’m in the mood for it, so there’s no way I could choose a single month upon which to pin all of my poetic musings for the year. I mean, sure we celebrate women’s history in October, but that doesn’t stop us from talking about influential women throughout the year. February is Black History Month, but that doesn’t mean we ignore the achievements of African Canadians the rest of the year. And surely (surely!) we must consider cell phone courtesy throughout the year and not just during the month of July.

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“So if February is Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month and April is National Poetry Month, where do we put Cell Phone Courtesy Month again? Anybody?”

Here at the Porcupine’s Quill, pretty much every month is National Poetry Month! But that being said, we do appreciate the idea of raising awareness and getting a critical mass of promotion out there in the wide world. There’s something inspiring about working in concert with the wider poetry community to accomplish something bigger than ourselves. In keeping, we’ll be doing all our regular poetry promotions, plus a little extra to get in the NPM spirit. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook as we publish a #PQLPoemADay—cool (and shareable!) little poetry snippets from our various awesome titles. We’ll also be holding an awesome poetry book bundle giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled in your inbox and on the blog for details.

 

What’s happening this month…

At PQL.

The Museum of Possibilities

I’m pleased and proud to report that Barbara Sibbald’s The Museum of Possibilities is now available in print and digital formats. Ain’t she a beaut?

Next up on the press is Daddy Hall, which we’ll be printing in the next couple of weeks in the lead-up to the Grimsby Wayzgoose.

 

In Grimsby.

We’ve got two exciting events for you this month at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. First up, we have Leon Rooke and Tony Calzetta’s Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices on display. The exhibition will contain the spectacular limited edition livre d’artiste, so be sure to visit. The opening reception will be held on April 9, but the exhibition will run until May 21.

We’ll back in Grimsby on April 22 for the annual Wayzgoose. This is one of my favourite events in which printers, bookbinders, papermakers and book arts enthusiasts gather together to display their wares and talk about all manner of bookish subjects. We’ll be manning a table with a selection of our own beautiful books. Come say hi!

In Toronto.

Dysphoria author Shane Neilson will be participating in the Pivot Reading Series on April 19 at The Steady in Toronto. Also featured are Kevin Connolly, Erin Robinsong and Rebecca Rosenblum.

In Ottawa.

Pressed Ottawa

Barbara Sibbald will be launching her collection of short stories, The Museum of Possibilities, at Pressed in Ottawa. You’ll get to hear a few snippets from the book and meet the author herself. Books will be available for purchase—be sure to get your copy signed!

In Winnipeg.

Shane Neilson will be reading from his new book of poetry, Dysphoria, in a special event co-produced with McNally Robinson Grant Park and Contemporary Verse 2. He’ll be joined by guest Maurice Mierau and Lori Cayer for an evening of fascinating poetry.

In the World.

April 10 is National Siblings Day. (Shout out to my twin brother—you rock! Mostly.)

April 15 is Rubber Eraser Day. Just think about all of the mistakes that would go uncorrected without those bad boys.

April 23 is Take a Chance Day. Authors—may we suggest taking a chance and sending out that query to an agent or publisher. You might just get good news!

 

From the porcupette’s corner.

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Writing grant applications like….

We are approaching a time of great angst for me: grant application time. The most notable culprit in raising my blood pressure at this particular moment is the Canada Council, whose New Funding Model is officially slated to start taking 2017 applications very soon.

What will this mean for us? How will it work? Well, at this point I don’t know. I live in hope for a simplified process and excellent results.

But for the sake of caution, I’m going to make sure all of our bases are covered.

 

Thank you one and all for stopping in to see what grand plans we have in store for you this April. We hope to see you at some of these fun bookish events in the near future!

Best,

 

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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.