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News for April

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, all that infernal snow is finally melting … looks like we might get to experience spring this year after all! And the brightest sunbeam in the bunch? It’s National Poetry Month, and, since we’re rather partial to poetry ourselves seeing as we, you know, publish it … we’re celebrating like nobody’s business.

To quote trite ad copy, spring has sprung. All I can say is ... thank goodness, because I don't know how much more snow and cold I can reasonably be expected to endure.

To quote trite ad copy, spring has sprung. All I can say is … thank goodness, because I don’t know how much more snow and cold I can reasonably be expected to endure.

Follow us on Twitter, and don’t miss the hashtag #30daysofpoetry for a full month’s worth of poetry recommendations from PQL. Like us on Facebook, and join in on the conversation about Canadian poets and poetry. Sign up for our newsletter to get the all of the best PQL news—including new releases—mailed right to your inbox. Check us out on Pinterest for some great poetry-themes pins and check back on the blog for weekly posts from some surprise guest authors. We’ve also revealed Publisher Tim Inkster’s carefully selected list of the very best books of poetry produced by The Porcupine’s Quill in nearly 40 years of business. You’ll definitely want to check those out—I assure you, they are top notch.

Be sure to stay in touch all month long: we want to hear from you about what you like to read and how you’re celebrating National Poetry Month.

What’s happening this month

At PQL.

Lots of interesting happenings at the shop. Just between us, I’ve seen some proofs for Mexican Journal and Vittoria Colonna, and they look awesome. I’ve also heard rumblings about films for Never More Together, which I am tremendously excited about. I can’t wait to see copies hot off the press!

In Grimsby.

The travelling exhibition based on George A. Walker’s The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson will be coming to the Grimsby Public Art Gallery starting Sunday, April 6. Join Walker at 1:30 p.m. for an opening day presentation. The exhibition runs until mid-May, so if you can’t make it for the opening, there is still an opportunity to see the beautiful prints from the exhibition.

The annual Grimsby Book Arts Fair, affectionately known as the Wayzgoose, will be taking place the last Saturday in April at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. The event will feature demonstrations of all kinds of book arts related crafts, such as book binding, paper making and calligraphy. Stop by and immerse yourself in the art of traditional book crafts.

Wayzgeese. They are actually much friendlier than they look.

Wayzgeese. They are actually much friendlier (and less demanding) than they look.

In Hamilton.

Jeffery Donaldon’s Slack Action will be featured in GritLit’s closing celebration. The event, in conjunction with the Lit Live Reading Series, will also include Chris Pannell, A Nervous City (Wolsak and Wynn); Marilyn Gear Pilling, A Bee Garden (Cormorant); John Terpstra, Brilliant Falls (Gaspereau); Amanda Jernigan, All the Daylight Hours (Cormorant); Amanda Leduc, The Miracles of Ordinary Men (ECW); and David Haskins, This House is Condemned (Wolsak and Wynn).

In Toronto.

Niki Koulouris will ‘Making a Racket at the Rocket’ on April 18th (Good Friday) at 7:30 p.m. as she reads from her book, The sea with no one in it. She will be featured as part of the Words Out Loud series hosted by Red Rocket Coffee on the Danforth. Stop by to see featured writers as well as an open In Niagara Falls.

Fresh off her Red Rocket appearance, Niki will travel to Niagara Falls on April 30th to take part in The Poetry Jam at Savoury and Sweet Restaurant in Niagara Falls. The event will also feature an appearance by Carleton Wilson.

From the Intern’s Corner

March was so much fun, it’ll be sad to see it go. At times I felt like I did more travelling than working with all of the back and forth for various extra-curricular events and work-related activities. It was exhausting but exhilarating and the same time, and though the work does tend to pile up when I’m gone, it’s always worth it to get out there and live in the literary moment, as it were. The highlight was definitely the super awesome Davy the Punk launch during the Pages Festival, which has pretty much raised the bar for all launch events in the future.

Been there, done that, spent hours on the train to do it. I'm beginning to recognize some of the VIA employees. I kinda like it.

Been there, done that, spent hours on the train to do it. I’m beginning to recognize some of the VIA employees. I kinda like it.

And let’s not forget the huge nod from ForeWord Reviews—seriously, six titles on the Book of the Year shortlist! How can you get much better than that?

Oh. Yeah. Hello, National Poetry Month! Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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