Porcupettes passing the torch…

Hello Quill Fans! Mo here-

First and foremost, time for another…

Check out Kate’s post from earlier today for all the exciting news about upcoming events for this fall! I’m excited about them – do come out and introduce yourselves, won’t you? I’m planning to be at all the Toronto events, and I’m hoping to take in some of the Kingston WritersFest as well.

Sheree-Lee Olsen’s fantastic novel Sailor Girl is being honoured with a bookmark from Project Bookmark in Port Colborne this fall! Want to learn more about Sheree-Lee and Sailor Girl? Visit her site for more!

George A. Walker’s Book of Hours was the subject of a great essay by Rachel Anne Farquharson, featured on The Huffington Post and ArtBarrage. Farquharson says that “Book of Hours captures a now well-known but still tragic moment, concluding with the arrival of the second hijacked plane at 9:02 a.m. Though readers may be left with a dose of reality that smarts, the overarching energy radiating from the book allies it to the wonderful sacred objects for which it was named.”

And now on to the rest of our regularly scheduled post…

As Kate told you in her first post earlier, I am, sadly, leaving the intern’s post at the Porcupine’s Quill, and moving on to other things in the wild and wonderful world of publishing. I can’t be more grateful and appreciative to Tim, Elke, and all of the wonderful authors, editors, and everyone else I’ve worked with over my months with the Quill. It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve learned so much. It’s been a pleasure blogging, tweeting, facebooking, and reading along with all of you. I promise, you’re all in great hands with Kate.

You’ll still see a few posts here from me in the coming months, as my interviews with some of our Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 authors “go live” on the blog. I can’t wait for all of you to see what’s coming from the Quill for the rest of 2011 and 2012 – our unbelievably talented authors and artists have so much to share with you, readers!

A cross-section of my “Letters from the Porcupette” –

About being an Intern:

So You Want to be an Intern? Hints from the newest Porcupette.

Porcupette Intern Tips: Staying Organized

Happy Dancing with the Porcupette (HTML, grant apps, etc.)

PQL and course adoptions

Worldcat Campaigns

PQL Books and Authors:

Memoirs, or Literary vicarious living.

Laurie Lewis on Canada AM.

White Rabbits, Mad Hatters and Wayzgeese! (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

A Porcupette at the (Tango) Palace (George and Michelle Walker)

Beasts of New York

Shane Neilson’s Trillium-nominated Complete Physical

Wordless Novelists at the TCAF

PQL around the Web:





PQL and Saltyink!

If you want to keep in touch, you’ll find me tweeting about all manner of bookish miscellany @MoAtMost. I’ll also be at tons of Quill events through the fall – don’t be shy, come say hello!

It’s been a real slice, Quillies. Keep your eyes peeled for more contests, features, interviews, and all sorts of fun and exciting stuff here on the blog. Thanks so much for all of your support and participation.

Porcupette out!


(As an aside, I did eventually manage to go to Erin and visit Tim, Elke and PQL “in the flesh” over the Labour Day weekend. I was overwhelmed by the books/paper/machines/”THIS IS WHERE BOOKS ARE BORN” feeling of the place. Tim and Elke were clever enough to warn me about the idiosyncrasies of the old building, thus ensuring I didn’t fall and break my nose whilst looking around at everything, starry-eyed. There was coffee, baked goods, sunshine, lovely garden air, and lots and lots of publishing talk. I left enamoured. [and not just with the pumpkin muffins.] Merci beaucoup, Inksters!)

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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.