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News for July

Summer is here at last! After so many cold weeks in May, it was almost a relief to have such extreme heat in June. Don’t get me wrong: winter is my favourite season. But when summer is on its way, I would rather it just hurried up and got here. It’s far too difficult to dress for the warmish-coolish-coldish weather of the in between weeks.

Even with the extreme heat, we’ve been working hard here at the Quill. The end of May saw the end of our fiscal year, which means taking inventory of all the stock in the warehouse up in Erin. Now at the shop they’ve been doing a lot of housekeeping. Tim is churning out proofs for Fall 2012 and I’m already looking ahead to Spring 2013, beginning to think about getting our website ready for the next big season.

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What’s happening this month?

In Toronto. As per usual, George A Walker and his wife Michelle will be at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. George and Michelle have been going to the exhibit for many years now, and, as Michelle tells me, they’ve got it down to an art. Join George and Michelle at Nathan Phillips Square Friday, July 6 – Sunday, July 8, to enjoy art, sun, and summer! George will be selling copies of his books, including The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, Book of Hours, and A is for Alice. He will also be demonstrating letterpress on his Chicago Sigwalt Platen press.
George A Walker • Nathan Phillips Square, booth #85 • July 6, 10:30am–7:30pm; June 7, 10:30am–7:30 pm; June 8, 10:30am–6:30pm

From the intern’s corner

As most of you know, June saw the launch of Wayworn Wooden Floors. Mark Lavorato had a series of events across Montreal and Toronto. This intern spent a lot of June preparing for and promoting Mark’s Toronto launch at the lovely Nicholas Hoare Books on Front Street. Read about that here.

Moving forward, I have been plotting a tour for our forthcoming title High-Water Mark by Nicole Dixon. Nicole is a Bronwen Award–winning author, and this is the first time her short stories have been collected and published in one place. Her stories are sharp and sexy, dealing with issues of independence, sexuality, and change—issues I think most of my generation can relate to. The collection promises to make a splash. Keep following us in the coming months to hear where Nicole will be reading in Ontario!

Mark Lavorato, Nicholas Hoare Books, Wayworn Wooden Floors

Mark Lavorato reads by the fireplace at Nicholas Hoare Books.

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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.