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Join us at the Bound Book Arts Fair on Sunday, Dec 2!

As you may already know, the OCAD U Book Arts Fair has been discontinued, but good news! The Porcupine’s Quill will have a table at the new Bound Book Arts Fair in Toronto. The following guest post by Chester Gryski, one of the organizers and a member of the Arts and Letters Club, will give you all the details you need to plan your visit!

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For 30 years, there has been a book arts fair in Toronto at this time of the year, where printers, binders, calligraphers, papermakers and others associated with the book arts have shown their wares and are available to discuss their work.

For the first time in Toronto, The Alcuin Society is co-sponsoring this fair. It takes place on December 2, 2017 in The Great Hall of The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm Street, Toronto. (nearest subway is the Dundas station.)

Admission is free.

Many thanks to Michelle Walker for stepping in to make this happen this year. This the perfect time and place for your shopping for books, broadsides, prints, cards and more.

The Porcupines Quill will be there. Among the over 20 participants you will find The Cheshire Cat Press, Church Street Press, George Walker Books, Greyweathers Press, Japanese Paper Place, St. Armand Paper, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, and George Hill Bookbinding Supplies. A full listing is on the broadside below.

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PortraitMany thanks to Chester for contributing this blog post! We look forward to seeing a few familiar faces at the fair–and new ones, too. We hope you can stop by. (The venue, in particular, is awesome–you don’t want to miss the chance to feel like you’re in a mini Hogwarts!)

Cheers,Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 24 Nov 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 checking out our most click-worthy book links this week. Don’t forget—we still want to rent your brain! Find out how you can get a free eBook and some other stuff here.

Happy Friday,sig


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We Want to Rent Your Brain in Exchange for a Free eBook

We want to rent your brain. Or, you know, just borrow it for a little while. And for the favour, we’re offering a free eBook download of

The Mysterious Death
of Tom Thomson

The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson

Interested? Great. Let’s start with a bit of a puzzle.

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What does this mean? Well, you’ll need to brush off your visual literacy to figure it out. And teaching visual literacy is what this post is all about. What it says is…

Hi there! This is, admittedly, a bit of a strange outreach campaign, but it’s also a contest, and we are offering a bunch of nifty prizes at the end, so keep reading to find out more.

 

What we’re doing:

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We are assembling a handy study guide that will use George A. Walker’s The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson (2012) to teach wordless novels and visual literacy at the senior high school level. The guide will be provided (free) as a PDF download, to anyone who wants it, in June 2018.

The study guide is funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Ontario Ministry of Education as part of the Canadian Books in Ontario Schools Fund.

That means it’s legit.

 

How you can help:

iconWe would like to talk to high school English and/or Fine Arts teachers in the areas surrounding Algonquin Park, though anyone, from any region, teaching any subject, is welcome to participate.

We’re looking for:

  • ideas for group and individual exercises that encourage visual literacy;
  • discussion questions inspired by the visual narrative;
  • useful skills for students to develop over the course of the guide activities; and
  • anything else you think we should know!

 

What’s in it for you:

iconsYes, you’ll be helping create study materials that teachers can use for free in their classrooms, but we’ve also got prizes!

  • Each and every one of you is welcome to a complimentary digital copy of The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson (PDF), just for reading this post.
  • Plus, anyone who offers up exercises, activities, insight, or advice on our study guide will receive a small gift—a beautiful fridge magnet featuring of one of the images from the book.

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Plus, the pièce de résistance

The four best ideas (as chosen by Publisher Tim Inkster) will win an artist’s proof from the limited edition of The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson.

walker artist's proofs

Your brain power can win you one of these honest-to-goodness works of art!
 

How to get involved:

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Have we piqued your curiosity? If so, here’s what you do:

1. Download your free ebook at store.porcupinesquill.ca using the coupon code TOM.

2. Come up with an awesome idea (or ideas) to share.

3. Contact us with your idea(s) and your mailing address for your prize.

4. Earn our unending gratitude!

 

Click here to share your winning idea!

 

Giveaway ends at 12:00 a.m. on December 15, 2017. Winners will be chosen by Publisher Tim Inkster and contacted via email. Open to residents of Canada.

 

PortraitThank you in advance for all your help. We want to make sure that we create something truly useful for all the teachers out there looking to encourage literacy and creativity, and your ideas will make that a reality!

Best,Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 17 November 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 book links. Hope you learned something cool!

Have a great weekend,sig


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Freebie Image Gallery: A Family Feast

It’s trite but true: a picture is worth a thousand words. In our emoticon-spouting, animated GIF meme-ing, Facebook-loving times, we communicate, more and more, through images. The Freebie Image Gallery features high-resolution images available through Devil’s Artisan, our very own Journal of the Printing Arts. DA’s Dingbats Section offers an ever-expanding selection of free, high-resolution, downloadable dingbats, ornaments and fanciful initials for your printed and online projects.

Today, in honour of Thanksgiving for our American friends (and to get the rest of us primed for the Holiday Eating Season), we’re featuring a gallery of beautiful vintage images that evoke the abundance—and excesses—of the holiday family feast.

cornucopia

I never understood the concept of stuffing a horn with produce and calling it home decor, but to each his or her own, I guess.

turkey

Now this is a Thanksgiving emblem I DO understand.

dinner table

I call shenanigans on this one. First of all, I am way more enthusiastic about food. Second of all, my plate during a holiday feast looks more like a mountain, or a precariously balanced tower.

glorious roast

Admit it. You, too, would be ecstatic to bring a roast like this out to the family.

feast

Now THIS is what I call a party.

man relaxing in chair

If you don’t look like this after a big holiday meal, you’re not doing it right.

 

PortraitHow’s that for a sample of the quirky and cool vintage images available over at the Dingbats Section of the Devil’s Artisan website? There are plenty more where these came from: hundreds of high-resolution typographic ornaments, insects and birds, fish and mammals, and oddities of various sorts await! Visit today to browse this gallery of curiosities.

Enjoy,Steph

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PQ Weekly Roundup: 10 Nov 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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Hope you have a wonderful weekend full of some warm and cozy reading time.

Cheers,sig


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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.