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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!

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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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PQ Weekly Roundup: 13 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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Hope you enjoyed today’s roundup. Also, today is Friday the 13th. If that’s a thing that worries you … good luck. 😉

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A Poetic Reading List for World Mental Health Day

Neilson books

Every year on October 10th, people around the globe observe World Mental Health Day. This is a day for raising awareness of mental health issues, for supporting not just those who suffer from these issues, but also those with affected loved ones, as well as practitioners who work tirelessly to help those in need. It is a day for empathy, acceptance and solidarity, and an opportunity to try to understand, even in some small way, what it means to suffer from mental illness in our society.

It can be difficult, sometimes, to understand the very real challenges that people suffering from mental health issues face in our communities. If we don’t suffer from mental illness ourselves, or know someone who is, it can be tempting to ignore the problem, to sweep our concerns under the rug and go about our daily business. But there is much to be gained in seeking to recognize, even a little bit, the context of mental illness suffering and treatment. It can teach us to be more empathetic human beings, better friends, and generally more supportive, aware and accepting of the different abilities and disabilities of those around us.

In keeping, we recommend reading Shane Neilson’s trio of poetry collections on affect—books that consider pain, illness, love, life and death from the perspective of doctor, patient and observer.

Complete Physical ponders what it means to be ill, occasionally celebrates what it means to get better and considers the tragic point when illness becomes identity.

On Shaving Off His Face probes the ways in which we are recognized, defined and categorized by others’ interpretations of the maladies written on our faces.

Dysphoria comments on the pain, anxiety and dissatisfaction that arises from mental illness, attempting to bring readers inside the mind of the patient, to depict the history of mental health treatment, and to present an intimate consideration of illness from the point of view of a speaker who is at once sufferer, doctor and observer.

 

These books are raw, emotional and intensely rewarding. I highly recommend that you try one—or all—of these books, and that you keep in mind the importance of mental health awareness and support not just in your family, but also in your wider community.


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 05 Oct 2017

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How’s that for a fun bookish diversion? Hope you found something of interest in today’s roundup.

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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.