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News for September

Hard to believe a month has gone by already. Believe it or not, it’s true. With September comes cool evenings, longer nights, and that dreaded ritual: back to school. For all our friends out there who are going back into the classroom, I hope it is in the pursuit of something truly fascinating. I always loved going back to school myself. Learning is one of the most enjoyable pastimes, and for it to be your job…!

For those of you who are wondering if I ever made it to Casa Loma, I can assure you that indeed I did, and it was lovely. Even more lovely, however, is Spadina House, just next door. I had always wanted to see Spadina House, but never had enough time. Casa Loma is rather a monster of a building and it can eat up your afternoons like nobody’s business. Spadina House, elegant and slightly smaller, can sometimes be over looked in the “castle’s” shadow, but I recommend all those interested in Toronto history have a look. It’s spectacular.

As those of you following us on Facebook will know, the shop is Erin is buzzing with productively. August saw the binding of The Essential Tom Marshall. My Life on Earth and Elsewhere has been printed and now Jess and Elke are busy sewing all the signatures together. With a print run just under 1,000 and 18 signatures per book, it’s a lot of sewing. In addition, mid-fall releases Down in the Bottom and High-Water Mark have been put into film. With books in various states of readiness stacked up all over the place, it’s a wonder there’s space to walk around the shop at all.

Here’s what we’re up to this coming month….

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What’s happening this month?

In Ottawa. Mark Lavorato visits Ottawa’s Collected Works to give a reading. Having only finished a reading in Toronto a week before, Mark will be off to Canada’a capital to delight its denizens with pieces from his most recent publication, Wayworn Wooden Floors. Ottawa friends, be sure to head out and support Mark.
Mark Lavorato • Wayworn Wooden Floors • Collected Works, 1242 Wellington Street W • September 8 at 4pm

In Kingston. The Porcupine’s Quill will be participating in two events at the Kingston WritersFest this year. Please join us on Friday, September 28, for the launch of The Essential Tom Marshall. Editors David Helwig and Michael Ondaatje host, with readings by Diane Schoemperlen, Steven Heighton, Eric Folsom and Carolyn Smart. You may also catch us on Sunday, September 30, when George A Walker gives an illustrated talk on his most recent publication The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson. Walker’s presentation will occur around the same time as a screening of the documentary film, The West Wind. Be sure to come out and say hello!
Tom Marshall, David Helwig, Michael Ondaatje • The Essential Tom Marshall • Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 6th floor, Bellevue South • Friday, September 28, 4:30pm
George A Walker • The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson • Agnes Etherington Art Centre • Sunday, September 30, 12noon

Signatures piled high by the sewing machine at the Porcupine's Quill.

From the intern’s corner.
Over August I’ve been writing tipsheets. It’s an interesting time for an intern, because there is a lot less interaction with the outside world than during the publicity-heavy months. I’ve been working through the manuscripts for Spring 2013 and researching our authors and editors. When I’m done we’ll have succinct (I should hope) sheets that will tell our sales reps everything they need to know about our upcoming season in a few glances. Our tipsheets also form the backbone of our title pages on the website.

Congratulations to Amy Moreau, winner of our End of Summer Giveaway. Amy won a complimentary copy of A Calendar of Days, PQL’s beautiful collaboration with the Wood Engravers’ Network. There are more fun contests to come, so keep sharp Quill friends!

New arrivals from the Porcupine's Quill.

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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.