PQ Weekly Roundup: 27 Apr 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.



Thanks for checking in with the PQ Weekly Roundup. Don’t forget to come see us tomorrow, April 28th at the Grimsby Wayzgoose. We’d love to say hi and hear what you’re up to!

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Book Bundle Giveaway: Myth and Memory

We’ll be sad to see National Poetry Month end next week, but we’re determined to send this fun yearly promotion out with a bang. We’ll keep sharing our #PQLPoemADay on Facebook and Twitter, but we’ll also be offering one more beautiful book bundle for a lucky Quill fan.

We are proud to say that we’ve just recently published Jeffery Donaldson’s remarkable collection of poems, Fluke Print. You might recall we published Jeffery’s collection Slack Action a few years ago, so we were especially pleased to keep the relationship going, so to speak, with this latest offering.

I have a particular weakness for books about reading, writing, and books in general, so it should come as no surprise that this collection, which talks about creativity and meaning and knowledge and meaning (among other topics) has quickly become a favourite. Fluke Print even works in a printing analogy, for which it gets major bonus points in my book! But aside from my own biased preference, I think you will find that Fluke Print is intelligent, emotional, and nostalgic while also tackling Big Questions. What more could you ask for?

If this sounds like something you might enjoy, you’ll love this giveaway. We not only have a copy of Fluke Print up for grabs, but also copies of two other poetry collections focused on themes of myth and memory.




Fluke Print, The Gamekeeper, A Serious Call


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 six entries by visiting us Facebook or Instagram, tweeting on Twitter, browsing our Essential Poets page or signing up for our newsletter. Don’t forget the bonus entry—complete at least one action (visiting our Instagram page, for example) to unlock!
3. log out of the form to submit your entry

The winner will be contacted by email next week.


portraitThanks for helping us celebrate yet another National Poetry Month. We wish you luck in winning this awesome book bundle!


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 20 Apr 2018

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That’s it for this week’s PQ Weekly Roundup. Come back next week for more excellent bookish links!


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PQL Author of the Month: Margaret Avison

We’re trying something new here at the Porcupine’s Quill. We’ve published so many fantastic authors over the years, but the reality of book publishing is that we so often focus on brand new titles that the older ones necessarily fall by the wayside. In keeping, we’ll be honouring some of our backlist authors with our PQL Author of the Month blog series.

Today, we’re kicking off the series with a fitting honouree for National Poetry Month—Margaret Avison, whose centenary we will be celebrating on April 19 with the St. Thomas Poetry Series.


Margaret Avison was one of Canada’s most respected poets. She was born in Galt, Ontario, lived in Western Canada as a child, and then moved to Toronto. She had productive career that stretched back to the 1940s, during which she produced seven books of poems, including her first collection, Winter Sun (1960), which she assembled in Chicago while she was there on a Guggenheim Fellowship, and which won the Governor General’s Award. No Time (Lancelot Press), a work that focussed on her interest in spiritual discovery and moral and religious values, also won the Governor General’s Award for 1990. Avison’s published poetry up to 2002 was gathered into Always Now: the Collected Poems (Porcupine’s Quill, 2003), including Concrete and Wild Carrot which won the 2003 Griffin Prize. Her most recent book, Listening, Last Poems, was published in 2009 by McClelland & Stewart.

Margaret Avison was the recipient of many awards including the Order of Canada and three honorary doctorates.

‘Margaret Avison is a national treasure. For many decades she has forged a way to write, against the grain, some of the most humane, sweet and profound poetry of our time.’

—Griffin Prize Judges’ Citation

You can browse her work in the following six volumes published by the Porcupine’s Quill:


Read an Excerpt:

Why are we so
often not
any different? Oh there are
changes nobody tried to
make happen but on a
workaday level, never from
silence’s special
place where it’s as if
periwinkle faces play at
being zenith:

up, up so
mirror-silent the
glassy dimness shows the
one far flower, here, or
almost blindingly
aloft, as well.

(From The Essential Margaret Avison)

Find Out More About Margaret Avison on the Web


Don’t Forget!

The St Thomas Poetry Series

Join PQL and the St. Thomas Poetry Series in celebrating the centenary of Margaret Avison. The beloved poet would have been 100 years old on April 23. Join us for readings, reminiscences, and music!

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Parish Hall, St. Thomas’s Church, 382 Huron St., Toronto, Ontario

Looking forward to seeing you there!


I hope you’ve enjoyed this very first PQL Author of the Month post. If you would like to see a particular author featured, or if you have some ideas as to what sorts of information you’d like to see in these posts, drop me a line at



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PQ Weekly Roundup: 2018 Apr 13

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Thanks to everyone who has reached out to chat this week! We hope you enjoy these bookish links, and of course, we wish you a wonderful weekend.


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Porcupine’s Quill Announces New Ownership: Acquired by Kenneth Whyte’s Sutherland House

The Porcupine's Quill

The Porcupine’s Quill is pleased to confirm some recent news that you may have already heard reported elsewhere.

The company has been sold to author and editor Kenneth Whyte who intends to manage the brand in future as a standalone imprint within a larger publishing structure that will focus on biography and memoir, to be called The Sutherland House.


Kenneth Whyte’s name will be familiar to many of you from the time of his tenure as editor of Maclean’s, and before that, of the National Post. His latest biography, Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times, was a finalist for the 2017 American National Book Critics Circle awards.

Ken Whyte has purchased the book publishing assets of the Porcupine’s Quill, including the backlist. Tim and Elke Inkster will retain ownership of the Devil’s Artisan, which will continue to be edited by Don McLeod and published by the Inksters, as well as the production machinery in the shop on Main Street in Erin Village. Tim and Elke will remain in the flat above the shop at 68 Main Street, Erin Village, where they have lived since 1975; the Heidelberg KORD will stay in the basement; and the nesting pair of Canada geese will continue to procreate in the copse of birches by the millpond.

In the near-to-mid term, very little will change at the Porcupine’s Quill. Authors’ contracts and backlists will be honoured and maintained, and royalty payments will continue to be paid in a timely way.

Tim and Elke expect to be very involved with the production of the PQL Fall 2018 list of five new titles, which will be published as advertised. Stephanie Small and Chandra Wohleber will also continue to be as involved with the PQL brand as they have been for many years.

Ken Whyte’s offer to purchase was presented to the Inksters, somewhat unexpectedly, in January. Since that time we have all come to realize that Ken’s vision will provide a secure and positive way for the Porcupine’s Quill brand to continue well into the future.

We welcome the changes ahead and look forward to this new relationship with The Sutherland House, to which we offer our best wishes for every success.

[Click here to download a printable copy of this news release.]

Working on the press

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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.