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Out and About with the Quill: Word on the Street Toronto

This past weekend, the Porcupine’s Quill was pleased to have a table at Word on the Street Toronto—that fantastic annual book fair that takes over Harbourfront Centre the last Sunday of September. We positively melted in the scorching heat, but it didn’t stop us from having a grand old time visiting with friends and fans in the big city. Thanks to all who stopped by and checked out our books—and maybe even purchased a few gems to take home!

If you weren’t able to make it, not to worry. We’ve got some photos to keep you in the loop. Many thanks as always to Don McLeod for providing some of these great snaps.

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Setup time at Word on the Street happens bright and early. And a good thing, too, because the sun was blistering!

PQL booth at WOTS

Tim overseeing the PQL table, full of lots of nice books, including hot-off-the-press copies of The Essential John Reibetanz and Pictographs.

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A vendors eye view of the proceedings. Tons of books and bookish folk around!

Leon Rooke, Tim Inkster, Doug Gibson

Leon Rooke (left) and Doug Gibson (right) stopped by to chat with our own Tim Inkster (centre). Photo by Don McLeod.

Stephanie Small and Chandra Wohleber

Yours truly, with editor extraordinaire Chandra Wohleber. Photo by Don McLeod.

Kitty Lewis

The inimitable Kitty Lewis of Brick Books. Photo by Don McLeod.

 

And a wonderful time was had by all! Good times and great company made this year’s event a whole lot of fun–despite the excessive heat! Hope you enjoyed this little peek at this year’s festival.

Cheers,


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 22 Sep 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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That’s it for this week’s roundup. Hope to see you in Toronto at Word on the Street—the weather is supposed to be really fine!

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Spotlight On: James Simon Mishibinijima

James Simon Mishibinijima

Credit: Jean Simon

Today we are pleased to feature Ojibway artist James Simon, also known as Mishibinijima. His book of drawings, Pictographs, is officially in print today—Happy Book Birthday! To learn more about the book, which depicts the myths and legends of his ancestors, check out the product page here.

 

Who is Mishibinijima?

  • An Ojibway artist from the Wikwemikong First Nation, based on Manitoulin Island
  • An educator as well as a mentor for his fellow artists
  • His art emphasizes themes of respect, peace and interconnectedness
  • His works are represented nationally and internationally in collections including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Vatican Museum

 

What has he worked on?

  • A great many paintings, drawings and other art works
  • A series of teaching materials about the four seasons for the Wikwemikong Board of Education
  • Illustrations for Portraits of Spirit Island: The Manitoulin School of Art Comes of Age
  • Pictographs: The Graphic Art of James Simon Mishibinijima

 

What are people saying about him?

“Mishibinijima’s intricate detail and use of symbols, adapted from birchbark scrolls and petroglyphs to represent various elements of his art and teachings, are brought to life with vibrant colors.” –Winona LaDuke

 

What should I read next?

  • 150 Stories / 150 récits with stories by various authors (including Mishibinijima)
  • And Now You Know: 50 Native American Legends by John W. Friesen, Virginia Lyons Friesen
  • Spirits on Stone: Lake Superior Ojibwa History, Legends & the Agawa Pictographs by Thor Conway
  • Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes edited by David Penney

 

Where can I find more information about Mishibinijima?

 

Hope you enjoyed this dive into the work of James Simon Mishibinijima. Be sure to check out Pictographs (available today!) to see some of Mishibinijima’s amazing and beautiful artwork.

Cheers,


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 15 Sep 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 and checking up on our best book links of the week. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Out and About with the Quill: Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair 2017

Don’t you just love a good small press fair? I know I do. So I particularly enjoyed the Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair held this past weekend at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. The carefully curated selection of vendors had on display various books, prints, cards and such—all of them beautiful.

Fisher Library

The beautiful Fisher Library, looking up from the reading room.

PQL display table.

Our humble display table.

We were pleased to see so many friendly and familiar faces at this year’s fair. Scroll down to see a few of those faces in this series of photographs by Don McLeod.

Stan Bevington (Coach House Books) and Will Reuter (Aliquando Press).

Stan Bevington (Coach House Books) and Will Reuter (Aliquando Press)

Marshall Hryciuk (Imago Press/Nietzsche's Brolly)

Marshall Hryciuk (Imago Press/Nietzsche’s Brolly)

Martin Llewellyn and Michelle Walker.

Martin Llewellyn and Michelle Walker.

Walter Bachinski (Shanty Bay Press)

Walter Bachinski (Shanty Bay Press)

Erica Smith and Jim Johnstone (Anstruther Press)

Erica Smith and Jim Johnstone (Anstruther Press)

 

Thank you so much for stopping by to see us and pick up a book or two. Next up, back in Toronto for Word on the Street at the end of the month. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

Best,


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 08 Sep 2017

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Hi Quill fans! With all of the great bookish events coming up, you’ll be wanting to see all the action. Follow us on Instagram for new awesome event photos coming soon!

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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.