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News for March

There’s nothing like some good old fashioned competition to lift the spirits during the dull, dreary days of winter. Thus, the national exhilaration caused by the Olympics and the all-important gold medal wins in both women’s and men’s hockey. (Seriously, did anyone in Canada actually work during the broadcast of the men’s gold metal game? I’m pretty sure the economy ground to a halt for a few hours there.) After some intense competition, our athletes definitely made us proud.

Oh Caaaanadaaaaaa! A country loosely bound together by hockey and a shared affinity for beating Americans playing it.

“Oh Caaaanadaaaaaa!” A country loosely bound together by hockey and a shared affinity for warm beverages at chains with ties to the good old hockey game.

But Canadian athletes aren’t the only ones who deserve all the attention. Our great CanLit authors are enjoying some excellent reviews and awards this month. A hearty congratulations goes out to JonArno Lawson for Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box’s Lion and Unicorn Award win. Kudos also to the many authors whose books were reviewed in February: Jeffery Donaldson’s Slack Action; George Walker’s The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook, The Life and Times of Conrad Black and The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson; Peter S. Grant’s Changing Channels; Jason Guriel’s The Pigheaded Soul; Tom Smart’s Jack Chambers’ Red and Green; and Nicole Dixon’s High-Water Mark.

With a whole host of events coming up from PQL authors—including the launch of our first spring title—CanLit lovers definitely have a reason to celebrate.

What’s Happening This Month?

“In like a lion, out like a lamb,” they say of the month of March, but that seems hardly the case from PQL’s perspective. This month, the shop is positively hopping, and is set to do so for the foreseeable future. In addition to preparing for our upcoming Fall 2014 list, copies of Davy the Punk roll of the press in preparation for the book’s upcoming launch in Toronto.

Oh, so this is what they mean by out like a lamb. Huh. I'd always wondered.

Oh, so this is what they mean by out like a lamb. Huh. I’d always wondered.

In Toronto.

Niki Koulouris will launch her book of poetry, The sea with no one in it on Monday, March 10 at No One Writes to the Colonel. Also joining the reading will be authors Adrienne Weiss and Souvankham Thammavongsa.

Koulouris will also read at the Plasticine Poetry Series at the Paupers Pub at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.. Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, Molly Peacock, and Sheila Steward will also take part.

The launch of Bob Bossin’s much anticipated memoir, Davy the Punk, will finally take place this month during the opening night of the inaugural Pages Festival + Conference. Join us for an exciting event including a reading from the book, a musical performance, an interview on stage with Bob Rae, and more. Tickets are available from Eventbrite—get yours today!

In Vancouver.

Fans of Alec Dempster’s Loteria Jarocha will be excited to hear that he will be appearing at the Vancouver Public Library on Friday, March 14 (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.). The Central Library will host a free reading and offer an opportunity to learn more about authentic Mexican music. Seating is limited, so get there early.

In Halifax.

East Coast fans of Loteria Jarocha: don’t forget to check out Dempster’s reading at the Keshen Goodman Public Library in Halifax on Saturday, March 22. The event will start at 2:00 p.m. and will feature son jarocho music, linoleum prints, and fun all around!

In Niagara Falls.

Niki Koulouris will stop by Niagara Falls to participate in a Poetry Jam with Carleton Wilson at Savoury and Sweet Restaurant. Don’t miss the fun at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12.

On Gabriola Island.

The west coast launch of Bob Bossin’s Davy the Punk will take place on Saturday, March 29 at the Gabriola Island Library. Stop by to hear the riveting tales of the shady gambling underworld of the 1930s and 40s from a true storyteller. The launch begins at 1:00 p.m.–don’t miss it!

From the Intern’s Corner

For a short month, February was one heck of a lot of fun, and gone in a flash. I spent some time reading all of the upcoming books for the fall, and let me tell you, you’re in for some mighty fine writing in the next couple of months.

"I survived #publidash in February 2014." And chuckled at the "What the heck is this #publidash that took over my Twitter feed?" tweets.

“I survived #publidash in February 2014.” And chuckled at the “What the heck is this #publidash that took over my Twitter feed?” tweets that later appeared.

Of course, the fun doesn’t stop there. For CanLit fans, last week’s online game of Balderdash between House of Anansi, Coach House, ECW Press, Invisible Publishing and The Porcupine’s Quill was quite the nail-biter as well. Affectionately termed #publidash in the Twitter-verse, the game was roaring success. ECW took home the prize…this time! Hopefully we can get all of our publishing friends together for another event soon.

What’s up next? Well, we’re starting to see the release of our exciting spring list. I am so stoked for the Pages Festival and the launch of Davy the Punk that I can barely contain myself. Hope to see you there!

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