I have a confession to make. Now, this may or my not be surprising, given the comments that manage to sneak out here and there, but I am a full-fledged, card-carrying holiday junkie. I am that annoying person whose toes get to tappin’ to “Jingle Bells” on the first of November. I dream of icing-laden, tree-shaped sugar cookies and peppermint-flavoured coffee. I plan my holiday movie viewing schedule with the gravity of a seasoned general.
I’m quite dedicated to the whole season. Last week, it snowed. And not the pitiful, it’s so cold the rain is crystallizing into a fine powder and melting as soon as it hits the ground type—the honest-to-goodness, big, fat, fluffy white clumps of snow that float around a bit before accumulating outside in pristine white drifts. I actually dropped what I was doing, squealed “Snow!” like a hyperactive eight year old, and had to physically restrain myself from frolicking in it.
Of course, my enthusiasm for this time of years drives my friends and family absolutely bonkers. But I love the sights and the smells. I love the time to spend with loved ones, and to reconnect with those you haven’t seen for a while. I like seeing how charitable people are around the holidays, and how friendly. I like putting up the decorations—and I especially like watching my mom attempt to wind the lights around the Christmas tree two or three times until they are equally distributed across the branches.
I know some people find the whole process exhausting and stressful, but for me, it’s fun. I like the excuse to cook, to decorate, to take time away from the computer. It’s not about the gifts (I avoid the hustle and bustle and tense atmosphere and germs of the shopping centres like the plague); it’s about the presence.
Of course, I’m not so mature that I don’t giggle with glee when the holidays always manage to add a few titles to my precariously jam-packed bookshelves!
What’s happening this month.
Perhaps #1 on my list of exciting bookshelf additions would be The Pigheaded Soul, Jason Guriel’s book of essays about poetry and culture. I’ve been spouting off to anyone who will listen about how much I love this book. Anybody who can slip in pop culture references like Snakes on a Plane and Mad Men into a book of poetry reviews and essays is pretty OK in my book. This must-have will be on sale this month, so pick up a copy for the poetry lover in your life.
Speaking of Jason Guriel, the poet/reviewer will take part in the Rowers Reading Series during “Best Canadian Poetry Night”. He will be reading from his poetry, which was featured in the anthology Best Canadian Poetry in English. Also featured are Jan Conn, Jessica Hiemstra and Jacob McArthur Mooney.
Stay tuned for more great PQL events in the new year.
In the world.
’Tis the season to be merry. With so many holidays to choose from, there’s no way you’ll find a shortage of things to celebrate! Gather the family around a delicious roast beast and soak up the holiday spirit.
From the intern’s corner.
’Tis also the season to work like mad. It is, of course, time to start worrying about grant applications. More than a few have appeared in my inbox lately, so I know what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks—and into the new year!
As for what I’ve been up to—more new web features! We’re slowly adding buy buttons on all our product pages, so whether you’re looking to buy a print copy through AbeBooks, or a digital copy through the PQL ebook store or Google Play, we’re making it easier than ever for you to locate and purchase this season’s great titles. Check out all of the latest titles on our home page to get the new experience.
And since it’s the season of giving . . . we’ll be giving away a great new PQL book this month to a lucky Quill fan. Don’t miss it—make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Then, check back for your chance to win!