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News for August

I must admit that I feel just the teensiest bit bad for kids these days who are subjected to the barrage of “Back to School” ads that begin in earnest on August 1. I say teensiest bit because, while I can appreciate the horror that students feel at the end of summer freedom and the return to papers, books and teachers’ dirty looks, the lion’s share of my psyche is stupendously jealous. In my weaker moments, I gleefully ignore the stress of finals and the particular brand of cruelty (and procrastination) that coalesces into writing 75+ pages worth of term papers over the Christmas holiday. I forget all about the torture of sitting through some of the less exciting classes, unfailingly just before lunch, and schlepping a heavy backpack between buildings clear across campus. Instead I focus on the good. The smell of promise in the air. The hustle and bustle of campus. Seeing old friends and meeting new ones. And who doesn’t like new school supplies? Pens, paper, notebooks … ahhhh. But best of all? The books of course!

Mmmm. Smell that? Ink? Paper? Book glue? That there is the nectar of the gods. Excuse me while I make a fool out of myself and stroke the spine while crooning "My precious" a la Gollum. Not embarrassing, oh no.

Mmmm. Smell that? Ink? Paper? Book glue? That there is the nectar of the gods. Excuse me while I make a fool out of myself and stroke the spine while crooning “My precious” a la Gollum. Because it’s apparently becoming a thing

What’s happening this month?

At PQL.

Even if you can’t celebrate the beginning of the school year, we invite you to celebrate a new season of books. We’re starting out with a brand-spanking-new novel from first-time author Marika Deliyannides. Check out Bitter Lake, a story intimately concerned with what was, what is, and what might have been….

In Cobourg.

How does a poet do a launch-reading for a book-length wordless poem? Find out on August 7 as Steven McCabe launches Never More Together at The Human Bean. If you haven’t yet taken a look at this epic wordless poem, I highly recommend it, particularly if you have a weakness for beautiful artwork, artistic symbolism and Orwellian Big Brother regimes.

In Sechelt.

The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts in Sechelt, BC will feature the incomparable Bob Bossin. The author of Davy the Punk will appear in conversation with Andreas Schroder on August 17. This one is not to be missed—you might even get to hear a few songs and stories of Davy the Punk.

In the World.

August 5 is International Beer Day. As if you needed a reason. (Annoying disclaimer: But only if you’re legal, folks!)

Bottoms up, my lovelies!

And don’t forget to celebrate Book Lovers’ Day on August 9. Again, not like you needed a reason. But we do encourage you to find a comfortable reading nook and get in a few solid chapters in solidarity.

And finally, August 18 is Bad Poetry Day. Now this could be fun. Hm. Maybe we’ll take submissions and see who can out-bad the rest….

From the Intern’s Corner.

Well shoot. July’s already over? After a blissful week-long vacation full of sand and sun in British Columbia, I am back at my desk and ready for action.

And because I’m in such a good mood, look for some new website content, a couple of events here and there, and heck, maybe a giveaway. Stay tuned!

Nothing like clear skies, blue water and mountains to get the creative juices flowing.

Nothing like clear skies, blue water and mountains to get the creative juices flowing.

 

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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.