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Porcupette on the Air: My Radio Interview with Christine Cowley

Porcupette on the Air: My Radio Interview with Christine Cowley

The world is so dominated by texting and emailing and tweeting and Facebook-ing nowadays that sometimes we forget how nice it is to communicate in a fashion that does not require emojis, memes, or 140-character gems of snark. It can be positively refreshing to have an actual, human conversation!

That’s one of the reasons I was so stoked to talk on the phone with Christine Cowley, host of the weekly radio show Storylines on Hunters Bay Radio.

Christine is an enthusiastic reader and writer, and an incredibly supportive Quill fan. Her program, Storylines, is a colourful examination of books, reading and the writing life. She gives authors a platforms to talk to readers, other writers, and those curious about publishing to talk about all things bookish.

In our recent interview, Christine and I talked about my journey to become the “porcupette,” our unique approach to literature and culture at PQL, and about the ways that small presses try to compete in today’s publishing landscape.

There are also a few spoilers about what’s coming up next season at PQL, so stay tuned until the end for a peek at our Spring 2018 list!

Christine has graciously allowed us to post the interview for you here on the blog. I hope you enjoy listening! (Note: This interview originally aired October 21, 2017.)

Storylines airs Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11:00 p.m. You can tune in to the show every week via huntersbayradio.com.


 
Many thanks to Christine for the chat, and for letting us share our conversation with everyone. Do tune into her show–she is fabulous!


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PQ Weekly Rounding: 27 October 2017

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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Glad you stopped by for our most-clicked book links of the week. Don’t forget to check out this week’s hot new release, The Gamekeeper, by Michael Harris. We’ll see you next week for another riveting PQ Weekly Roundup!

Cheers,sig


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Shane Neilson and Jim Johnstone West Coast Book Tour

Hi there Quill fans! If you’re out in BC and are hoping for some PQL action, here’s your chance.

Shane Neilson will be in Victoria and Vancouver over the next few days to talk to UBC creative writing students about the art of the poem, and to promote his latest collection of poetry, Dysphoria.

Dysphoria is a powerful collection that considers the experience, treatment and perception of mental illness both now and in the past. It is a raw and emotional book and shows a great degree of technical prowess as well.

Shane will be joined by Quill friend Jim Johnstone, who recently published his latest book, The Chemical Life, with Véhicule Press. (He is also the editor of two volumes in our Essential Poets series: The Essential Earle Birney and The Essential D. G. Jones.)

If you want to mark your calendars, here’s the agenda below. Many of these events are for UBC and UVic students, but there are a few public events (in bold, below) just for you!

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

STUDENT EVENT: Poetry Reading
4:30 p.m – 6:00 p.m
Canadian Poetry Class
UVic

PUBLIC EVENT: Book Launch
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bolen Books
#111-1644 Hillside Ave.
Victoria, BC

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

STUDENT EVENT: UBC Visiting Writers Talk
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m
Intermediate Poetry Class
UBC

STUDENT EVENT: UBC Visiting Writers Talk
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Intro to Creative Writing Class
UBC

 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

STUDENT EVENT: UBC
Visiting Writers Poetry Reading
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Advanced Poetry Class
UBC

STUDENT EVENT: UBC Visiting Writers Talk
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
Intro to Poetry Class
UBC

PUBLIC EVENT: Tonic Reading Series
7:00 p.m.
The Drive Coffee Bar
1670 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, BC

 

Friday, October 27, 2017

STUDENT EVENT: UBC Visiting Writers Talk
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Careers in Writing Class
UBC

 

We hope you can make it to say hello to these wonderful authors. You’ll be guaranteed to have fun, learn something, and experience all the feels!

Cheers,


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 20 Oct 2017

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 tuning in to this week’s roundup. Meet you back here next week for more awesome book links!

Happy Friday,sig


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Congratulations Tom Smart–Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director and CEO

Big news, Quill fans! We’re pleased and excited to share the news that PQL author, editor, and all-around awesome Quill friend Tom Smart will become the new Director and CEO of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a cultural gem that strives to recognize and celebrate Canada’s two official language communities as well as the culture of the country’s First Nations Peoples. It is known for its collections of British and Canadian (particularly Atlantic Canadian) art, and it has a reputation for presenting dynamic, engaging and diverse artistic content for all.

Of course, we think that with his tireless enthusiasm, his unparalleled store of knowledge about Canadian art, and of course his impressive resume and publications list, Tom will be a huge asset to the gallery.

In light of this exciting news, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of some of the great work he has accomplished in recent years.

Tom Smart

Who is Tom Smart?

  • A gallery director, curator, essayist, speaker and organizer of numerous exhibitions about Canadian and international art
  • Author of many award-winning books that explore the relationship between poetry, printmaking and the book arts, journal writing and painting, and graphic novels and wordless narratives
  • Has been recognized with a silver medal in the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards and one in the eLit Awards
  • Regularly writes for the Devil’s Artisan, Canadian Notes & Queries, and the Saint John Telegraph-Journal
  • Has worked in art galleries across Canada and the United States, including the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, the Frick in Pittsburgh, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and now, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

What has he worked on?

Tom Smart Books

Tom Smart Devil's Artisan Issues
 

What are people saying about his work?

  • “Tom Smart has done an extraordinary job of compiling, deciphering and interpreting Chambers’ perceptual philosophy. That he has done so in clear, unambiguous prose, free of critical or academic affectation, is an achievement in itself. The Red and Green manuscript that he has forensically recontructed is more than just an artistic or perceptual manifesto, it is a testament to Jack Chambers’ deeply self-transformative vision.” —Christopher Dewdney, award-winning Canadian poet and author
  • ‘Informed and informative, profusely illustrated, impressively insightful, and thoroughly “reader friendly” in organization and presentation, Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography is a “must” for the legions of Seth fans.’ —Midwest Book Review

 

What should I read next?

 

Where can I find more about Tom Smart?

 

Congratulations, Tom, from all of us at the Porcupine’s Quill. We’re so proud!

Cheers,


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Cast Your Vote for the 2017 Walrus Poetry Prize Readers’ Choice Award

Every year, the Walrus Foundation hosts the Walrus Poetry Prize Readers’ Choice Award, a $1,000 prize that honours the work of poetry that wins the hearts and minds of the reading public. We are proud to announce that PQL poet Shane Neilson, author of recent collections including Complete Physical, On Shaving Off His Face and Dysphoria, has been chosen as one of five semifinalists by CanLit legend Margaret Atwood.

You can read his poem, “Epistemology,” as well as four other shortlisted works, on the web.

Voting is open now, so go on over to the Walrus Poetry Prize page to cast your ballot before October 27.

 

A big, hearty congratulations to all the other shortlisted poets. We have our fingers crossed for you, Shane!


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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.