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Gorgeous Gallery: The Howard Iron Works Museum

On September 29, the Howard Iron Works Museum in Oakville, Ontario opened its doors to the public for a print expo and fair. The museum is a treasure trove of printing history, specializing in printing machinery from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Each machine has been lovingly restored and looks as if it could handle a print run or two even today.

I was sad to have missed the expo this year, but luckily, Devil’s Artisan Editor Don McLeod was there with his trusty camera to capture the beauty and ingenuity on display at this one-of-a-kind museum.

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R. Hoe & Co. Press

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Heidelberg presses

Colt's Armory Press

A selection of Hopkinson & Cope presses

type cases

Wrenches and tools

printing machines

vintage computers

Intertype machine

more Heidelbergs

 

PortraitI hope you enjoyed this look at some of the gems housed at the Howard Iron Works Museum–I know I did! Many thanks as always to Don McLeod for his spectacular photography skills. If you’d like to see a slideshow of photos from the event, or learn more about the museum, mosey on over to the Howard Iron Works website.

Cheers,Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 19 Oct 2018

pqroundup2Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

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Thanks for stopping by to see what’s new and noteworthy in the bookish world this week. Hope to see you here next week–same time and place.

Cheers,
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Browse Inside: Jim Westergard’s See What I’m Saying

As a card-carrying book nerd, I have been known to get worked up about the vagaries of the English language. I’m not one of those purists who decry the lack of predictability in grammar—though I do pity the poor souls who have to learn English as a second language. I’m the type of person who finds endless amusement in the foibles and ambiguities in the written and spoken word, so naturally, I have a solid appreciation of books that explore these oddities.

One book that makes a great addition to my collection is Jim Westergard’s See What I’m Saying? Though primarily an art book showcasing the artist’s brilliant wood engraving talents, it is also a fun, amusing look at the idioms of the English language—and how a true artist can put his creative thinking to good use.

I’ve pulled out a few choice text-image pairings so you can get a taste of the delightful work of art for yourself.

 

Cutt Off the Nose to Spite the Face

Cut off the nose to spite the face

The phrase ‘to cut off the nose to spite the face’ describes a vengeful overreaction in which a person does as much damage to him- or herself as to the object of his or her ire. The expression has a bizarre origin.

In 867 A.D. St Ebba was Mother Superior of a monastery at Coldingham Priory in Scotland. She received word that Vikings had landed and were headed in the direction of the cloister. Ebba was fearful that she and the nuns under her direction might lose their virginity when the raiders arrived. She suggested that they should make themselves less appealing to the Vikings by disfiguring themselves and to do so she cut off her nose and upper lip. When the Vikings arrived they were so revolted by what they saw they burned the building to the ground. But St Ebba’s virginity remained intact.

 

My Mind Is Made Up

My mind is made up

When there’s a negotiation in progress and someone says their ‘mind is made up’, save your breath. Their brain has gone into lock-down mode and they’ve very likely thrown away the key.

This face was inspired by the faded memory of a brutal grade-nine algebra teacher, many, many decades ago.

 

Turn a Blind Eye

Turn a blind eye

When someone ‘turns a blind eye’ they are said to be ignoring or denying something they know to be true. The phrase originated with British Lord (then Vice-Admiral) Horatio Nelson during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801. His commander signaled with flags from another ship, ordering Nelson to withdraw from the battle. Nelson had lost his right eye and right arm in two different battles years earlier. When he was told of the signal to withdraw he moved his right eye to the eyepiece of the telescope and announced that he couldn’t see the signals. He then gave orders for his ship to continue fighting. The battle ended with a truce between the British and the Danish and Norwegians.
 

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PortraitI love these little gems. English idioms have such interesting origin stories! Don’t you feel like you learned something? These and many more illuminating illustrations can be found in See What I’m Saying?, available in print and as an ebook. Get your copy today.
Cheers,Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 12 Oct 2018

pqroundup2Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

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That’s it for this week’s roundup. Keep in touch with interesting bookish articles, and don’t forget to enter our Affect Trilogy giveaway!

Have a great weekend,
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Book Bundle Giveaway: Shane Neilson’s “Affect Trilogy”

After celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend, I’m feeling very thankful, indeed, to have the support and enthusiasm of so many PQL friends and fans. Seriously. You are all awesome.

Another thing I’m thankful for is to have the great privilege of publishing the work of Shane Neilson, an acclaimed poet and physician who has just recently been honoured with the prestigious SSHRC Talent Award. We are pleased and proud to have published three books of his poetry with us, which he likes to call the “Affect Trilogy”.

Complete Physical, On Shaving Off His Face and Dysphoria each consider what Shane characterizes as a “relational emotional force”, and address challenging issues such as pain, dis/ability and the stigmatization of mental illness.

When asked to speak about the trilogy as a set, Shane pointed to two of the major themes that overarch his work—pain and disability—and points out evidence of his own growth as a writer:

[With] Complete Physical … I tried to write a book about the kinds of emotional work done by doctors and the cost of that emotional work. Included in the manifest were poems about pain, mostly because I consider pain to be a unique medical condition that combines both physical and emotional components as an experience. I was a younger man when I wrote this book, an angrier one…. I had to evolve—bringing me to my second book, On Shaving Off His Face. This text thinks through the iconography of the face in mental illness, and it also contains poems about pain…. One can detect a book-to-book shift from pain-as-anger to pain-as-sadness, meaning I was growing both as a writer, person, and doctor…. In Dysphoria, I wanted to make love the reason that pain exists in the first place because that’s a simple truth that authors much of the history of pain.

An important objective of the affect trilogy was to destigmatize mental illness and persons suffering from mental illness. My first step was to declare my identity as dis/abled person, thereby doing the work of representation that is perhaps the first cultural step to change…. I became more interested in everyone and everything else and trying to fit that everyone and everything into the poems that appear in On Shaving Off His Face…. In [Dysphoria] the final volume of the trilogy, I decided I wanted to not think of the past as it relates to the present but also to write out how disability itself is an author.

If this sounds like the kind of poetry you would like to experience, we’re giving you a chance to do just that! Enter to win below:

 

“AFFECT TRILOGY”
POETRY GIVEAWAY

 

Complete Physical, On Shaving Off His Face, Dysphoria

 

Want to win this awesome prize? It’s easy:

1. log in to the form below using email, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
2. earn up to five entries by visiting us on Facebook or Instagram, tweeting on Twitter or signing up for our newsletter. Don’t forget the bonus entry—if you’re not keen on social media, this option will still allow you to participate!
3. log out of the form to submit your entry

The winner will be contacted by email.

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PQ Weekly Roundup: 5 Oct 2018

pqroundup2Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

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Hi everyone–I missed you last week! Happy to be back today with another PQ Weekly Roundup to feed your bookish, newsy needs. Enjoy these links, and of course, have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Happy Friday!
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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.