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PQL Holiday Giveaway # 3: For Crafty, Bookish Design Folks

PQL Holiday Giveaway Week 3

If you’re like me, you love a good craft project. The holidays are a wonderful time to indulge your DIY whims and whip up some pretty—and useful—projects to decorate your home or to give away as gifts.

 

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IMAGE BUNDLE

 

This week, we’re celebrating this crafty, can-do spirit with a convenient, downloadable image gallery of fifteen (15) high-quality images, depicting Santa Claus, reindeer, ice skaters and more. Use these images to make:

  • Greeting cards (instructions here and here)
  • Gift tags
  • Mailing labels
  • Découpage ornaments
  • Stickers
  • Wall art
  • Colouring pages
  • Etc.

Be creative and let your imagination run wild.

Everyone’s a winner! To download your free image gallery:

1. log in to the form below using email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
2. earn your download by completing any of the actions below, then clicking “continue”
3. click the green “Download” button to take you to the download
4. you can log into Dropbox to load the files there, or click the link “No thanks, continue to view” to download the files directly to your computer.

Enjoy your freebies!

 

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Hope you have fun creating all kinds of cool holiday crafts with these lovely little images. Be sure to share your efforts with us on social media—we’d love to see your creativity in action!

Enjoy,sig


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 15 Dec 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 stopping by the humble little PQ Weekly Roundup for your bookish news. See you all next week!

Happy Friday,sig


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PQL Holiday Giveaway # 2: A Bundle Full of Beautiful Wood Engravings

PQL Holiday Giveaway Week 2

If you follow us at all, you’ll know that we’re pretty stoked about the art of wood engraving. We’ve published a slew of wordless novels celebrating the art form, and we have been known to feature wood engravers in the pages of the Devil’s Artisan, our very own journal of the printing arts.

This week, we’re celebrating the dedication and the attention to detail that go into creating these works of art. As a bonus, we’re also celebrating the publication of our latest issue of DA (issue # 81, the Fall/Winter 2017 issue featuring a number of very cool small presses including Nestlings Press, Pennywise Press, Shanty Bay Press and St. Michael’s College Press). In recognition of all of this, we’re offering one lucky winner a…

 

DEVIL’S ARTISAN
FOUR-ISSUE BUNDLE

DA Bundle

 

This bundle includes a selection of issues of the Devil’s Artisan that shine a spotlight on the work of some fantastic wood engravers, including Gerard Brender à Brandis, George A. Walker, Rosemary Kilbourn and Alan Stein.

One lucky winner will receive a FREE bundle of all four of these breathtaking issues!

For your chance to win:

1. log in to the form below using email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
2. earn up to six entries by visiting Facebook and Instagram, following us or Tweeting on Twitter or by signing up to our newsletter. (If you’re already a newsletter subscriber and an avid social media follower, the last entry method is for you!)
3. log out of the form to submit your entry

The winner will be contacted by email next week.

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portraitP.S. Speaking of wood engravings, if you want to download a free copy of The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson and possibly win an artist’s proof from the limited edition of the book, there’s still an opportunity to help us with our study guide. Get the details on how to participate here, but hurry—the offer ends on December 15th!

Cheers,sig


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 08 Dec 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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And there you have it—the most clicked book links of the last two weeks. Don’t forget to enter this week’s PQL Holiday Giveaway before it’s too late!

Have a great weekend,sig


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PQL Holiday Giveaway # 1: Poetry that Brings the Feels

PQL Holiday Giveaway Week 1

The holidays bring out all the feels. Get in touch with your emotions (for free!) with Michael Harris’s

 

THE GAMEKEEPER

 

The Gamekeeper includes a selection of poems that spans four decades’ worth of Harris’s poetic output, from the philosophy and emotion of Grace (1977) to the appreciation of natural beauty in In Transit (1985) to the quirkiness, humour and linguistic wordplay of Circus (2011).

To celebrate the holidays, and to spread some poetic good cheer, we will be giving away a FREE copy of this beautiful book.

For your chance to win:

1. log in to the form below using email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
2. earn up to six entries by visiting Facebook and Instagram, following us or Tweeting on Twitter or by signing up to our newsletter. (If you’re already a newsletter subscriber and an avid social media follower, the last entry method is for you!)
3. log out of the form to submit your entry

The winner will be contacted by email next week.

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Christmas Carols Make Me Feel Stabby, and Other News for December

Quill fans, you know me. Every year, around this time, I remind you of my rabid dedication to the holiday season with a blog post full of holiday-themed nostalgia. But friends, I have a confession. All is not twinkle-lights and (finally seasonally appropriate!) peppermint mochas.

I heard my first Christmas carol yesterday, and it made me feel … well, rather stabby, it must be said.

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Me, whenever I hear Christmas music.

This auditory assault registered faintly at first, deadened by other distractions. It took a moment for me to realize what I was feeling was not good cheer but its exact opposite. The emotion quickly turned into surprise and slight shame. How could this be? How could a hot chocolate swilling, sugar cookie baking, snowflake watching, card-carrying Christmas addict not enjoy the soundtrack of the season?

I have since performed some soul-searching, and have come up with several explanations, including the unrelenting repetition of these songs on the radio beginning December 1, as well as the unconscious association of said songs with periods of acute stress AKA holiday shopping at the mall. But I’m wondering now if one of the reasons I dislike Christmas music so much is that it offends my literary tastes.

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What is music if not poetry? But the poetry that I like is not cutesy couplets ending with uninspired rhymes. It’s not clichéd images and predictable sentiments covered by a glossy veneer of saccharine-sweet merriment. The poetry I like is more nuanced, more real. It can still be warm and cozy, inspire nostalgic reminiscence, evoke feelings of love and laughter. But for me, a little originality, a little character are needed to bring those feelings to life.

And so, a proposal: instead of Christmas carollers in period costume, send round the poets to spread joy. I’d pay to listen to that!

 

What’s happening this month…

At PQL.

The sound you hear? That’s the presses a-humming! This month, you’ll be treated to Triptych, P. K. Page’s short stories. Also on the press is the latest issue of the Devil’s Artisan, number 81. I’ve just seen it, and it looks amazing!

In Toronto.

The Bound Book Arts Fair is a brand new book fair that will be held on December 2 at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. Meant to fill the gap in the month of December left by the end of the OCAD U Book Arts Fair, this event will feature books, prints, broadsides, cards and other bookish delights.

Check out the visual art of Quill friends Joe Rosenblatt (The Bird in the Stillness) and Leon Rooke (The April Poems) at yumart’s 5th Annual Holiday Salon. Get some culture this holiday season! The exhibition runs December 2 to 23.

Also, catch PQL author Shane Neilson reading from his book of poetry, Dysphoria, at knife | fork | book’s upcoming reading. He will join Chris Banks, Cornelia Hoogland and Jim Johnstone at the Orbital Arts Gallery on December 7.

In the World.

December 14 is Roast Chestnuts Day. I have never consumed a roast chestnut before, but I imagine that it is festive and delightful.

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December 21 is Crossword Puzzle Day. Test your mental muscles. We have a crossword of our own over on the Devil’s Artisan if you’re game.

And finally, December 30 is Bacon Day. Everyone’s favourite holiday. Unless you’re a pig. Or a vegetarian. Or keep kosher. OK, so basically, it is the favourite holiday of a subset of the population that is none of those things.

 

From the porcupette’s corner.

I’m not going to beat around the bush. You’ve made it this far through all my blathering thus far, so you totally deserve it. I’ll tell you what you really want to know.

Announcing the Porcupine’s Quill’s Holiday Giveaway!

We have four—count ’em, four!—great giveaways planned for the month of December. Giveaways will be announced on Tuesdays and the prizes vary each week, so be sure to check in and see if the week’s giveaway is of interest to you. I highly recommend signing up for our handy dandy newsletter so you don’t miss an announcement.

 

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All the best,Steph


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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.