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News for February

Well, it’s bitterly cold and snowing quite merrily, so it’s really hard to believe that good old Punxsutawney Phil has predicted a speedy end to winter. The penny has gone the way of the dinosaur, the nail-biter of a Superbowl—along with its fabulously expensive, over-the-top ads—is over and done, and … the Toronto Star has run a review of a PQL book! Congrats to Nicole Dixon for the deserved attention for High-Water Mark!

black birds

Do these birds look like, oh, I don't know ... ravens?

Who has time for the winter blahs with all of that going on?

But if you’re still in the need of a pick-me-up, there’s little that a warm blanket, a hot beverage, and a good book won’t cure. Remember to check out our Spring 2013 line-up on the homepage—we’ve already started to hear some buzz regarding The April Poems and Love, and all that jazz, so they’re a great place to start!

What’s happening this month?

In Toronto.

Our very own Tim and Elke Inkster will once again be recognized for their outstanding contribution to Canadian literature and culture. They have been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which they will receive from the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The ceremony will take place this Wednesday, February 6 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Congratulations Tim and Elke—the honour is well deserved!

In Cobourg.

If you’re in or around Cobourg, Ontario, be sure to check out the Doug Stewart Reading Series. Our very own Mark Lavorato will be a guest at the event, reading from his debut collection of poetry, Wayworn Wooden Floors. Patrick Gray and James Pickersgill will also be reading.

When: Monday, February 11, 2013
Where: Meet at 66 King East
Doors open: 7:00 p.m.
Readings begin: 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free and refreshments are available.

In the World.

And if you need more reasons to party, the Lunar New Year is coming up on February 10. There are sure to be some colourful celebrations!

Mardi Gras falls a couple of days later, on February 12. Who doesn’t like an excuse to eat a half-dozen paczki as a nod to multiculturalism? I myself be marking the event with an almost-as-traditional stack of pancakes.

Looks like a few days of (hopefully responsible) celebration are in order, so kick back and have some fun.

Mardi Gras Mask

I can honestly say I've never seen a Mardi Gras mask quite like this one.

From the Intern’s Corner

You all know about my struggle against the beastly scourge that is grant applications. (And if you don’t, then you can certainly read about it here.) The scourge continues to wreak havoc. But lately, I’ve had the good luck of escaping those grant applications for a few hours at a time in favour of the pleasure of compiling submission packages for upcoming literary festivals. Festival season seems so far away, but festival planning season is in full swing, so we’ve got to get our fantastic PQL authors’ work out into the wild.

I’ve also been compiling some title information sheets for our upcoming Fall 2013 titles. I love doing this tipsheets as a) I get to read the books, b) I get to talk to a bunch of cool authors, and c) my inner former grad student loves to dig through a couple of hundred pages of gorgeous prose for that astounding kernel of meaning and truth. It makes me feel rather … Holmesian.

I am a book nerd. This is fun for me.

Monk with Books

Searching for that elusive kernel of truth and meaning.

Thank you all for joining me. See you next time,

Stephanie

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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.