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Stormy nights pre-September: PQL and academic course adoptions!

Hope you’re all staying safe (and dry) tonight, Quill fans! I’ve hunkered down with tea and my laptop in a basement hoping to get some work done while Nature’s lightshow continues outside!

This year is the first year where September doesn’t mark the beginning of a new school year for me – but that doesn’t mean I’ve left academia behind!  If you’re a Canadian Lit prof at a university or college, you’ve probably heard from me in the last few weeks singing the praises of our books and our support to professors who bring our books into the classroom!

Wondering which lucky students will find PQL titles on their reading lists this year? Students at both Brock U and Western will be covering books like The Dodecahedron and The Essential P.K. Page this year!

This is exciting for us – it’s great that a fresh crop of students will be enjoying our books this semester.  We’re hoping there are more opportunities for PQL books to pop up on course lists across Canada in semesters to come, so we’re developing a program to support instructors and students working with our titles.  You might notice on the page for The Dodecahedron, we have a set of Discussion Questions that would serve as great jumping-off points for class discussions, presentations, study sessions, or to help brainstorm for that essay late at night over a half-empty red-bull can. (I’ve been there!) If instructors are planning to teach only a selection from a book (say, a handful of poems from one of the Essential Poets titles), we’d be happy to focus our discussion questions on those areas of the book! Just shoot us an email and let us know what we can help you with!

We Porcupettes are open to all kinds of ideas – want to hold a contest at your university to get students excited about an upcoming book? Want to try and get in touch with the author to ask further questions about the book? Looking for other PQL titles that might suit your course outline? Curious about a title that piques your interest? Have some other fantastic idea that I haven’t listed here? Don’t be shy – let us know! One of the benefits of small-press publishing is the close relationship we have with our customers. We’re available and happy to hear from readers and professors how we can make your reading experience more stimulating and enjoyable.

(and pssst, Western and Brock students – keep an eye on Letters from the Porcupette to see if you can win some books from your course lists before you need them for class!)

Are there any books you studied in school that have stayed with you forever? Let me know in the comments!

PS- If you’re a fan of Better Book Titles, be sure to check out SaltyInk’s hilarious new post Better Book Titles: Atlantic Canadian Edition!

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One Response to Stormy nights pre-September: PQL and academic course adoptions!

  1. Abi says:

    While I am sure your last day at the quill was a sad one it sounds like you have quite the adnutvere ahead! I have no doubt your work at the Quill has been appreciated and commended by your superiors. Looking forward to your next post!

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The Porcupine’s Quill is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

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 Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) is also gratefully acknowledged.