PQ Weekly Roundup: 11 May 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.



Happy Friday everyone! Here’s to hoping this weekend’s weather is perfect for a bit of reading on the patio.


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Out and About With the Quill: Grimsby Wayzgoose 2018

As you probably know, the Grimsby Wayzgoose is a favourite event here at the Porcupine’s Quill. Anyone who loves printmaking, bookbinding, and various other book arts-related activities will find much to enjoy in this charming gathering, which takes place at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery every year. This year’s event took place on April 28th, but if you weren’t able to make the trip through the rain to the Wayzgoose, have no fear—here’s a quick photo recap captured by the Devil’s Artisan’s Don McLeod.

Tara Bryan

Tara Bryan, displaying work at the walking bird press table.

Elke Inkster, Stephanie Small

Elke Inkster and yours truly squeezed in behind the Porcupine’s Quill’s table.

Geri McCormick

Geri McCormick displayed some fantastic wood blocks at the Virgin Wood Type table.

Larry Thompson

Larry Thompson of Greyweathers Press next to his magnum opus, Ecclesiastes.

Will Rueter and Alan Stein

Will Rueter (The Aliquando Press) and Alan Stein (The Church Street Press) hanging out in the gallery.

Wayzgoose ephemera

Of course, you have to leave the wayzgoose with a good amount of ephemera, including a Letterpress Gazette a mock indulgence from Greyweathers Press, and a letterpress packet from Weathervane Press.

Letterpress Gazette

Note that the book review in the Letterpress Gazette is of our Sticky Fingers ebook, The Fleming Files: Allan Fleming’s Life & Works. Is that not just a little funny?

PortraitHope you enjoyed this look back at the 2018 Grimsby Wayzgoose! It was wonderful to see so many friendly and familiar faces. We hope to see you again next year, during the last Saturday in April!


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 04 May 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.

  • Did you know that May is Short Story Month? Well, now you do. Here’s a little list of authors’ favourite short stories for you to discover.
  • I’m always fascinated by literary intrigue. This article investigates how fake books sold on Amazon could be used for nefarious deeds.
  • If you’ve ever wanted to peek inside the Library of Congress, this video will give you a first-hand look at the venerable building filled with history.
  • Can you believe R. Murray Schafer’s World Soundscape Project is 50 years old? Learn more about it here, and if you’re keen, check out Schafer’s memoir, My Life on Earth and Elsewhere, as well.
  • And in case you missed it, it’s a new month at the Porcupine’s Quill, and we’re taking in the sunlight, fresh air, and the smell of ink and paper. Catch up with us and what we’re doing in the PQL newsletter for May.



Enjoy your fresh crop of book links and have a great weekend full of sunshine and literature.


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Sunlight, Fresh Air, and the Smell of Ink and Paper … and Other News for May at the Porcupine’s Quill

It is official. It has happened. Not to jinx it, but … I have consumed both literature and coffee on the patio today and I am optimistic that the spring sunshine is here to stay.

I can’t oversell the effects of a bright sunny day on the reading experience. The fresh air, the gentle breeze, the sunlight dancing across the printed page…. Granted, the nature of said reading experience requires a good old paper book or at least an e-ink display and not a tablet. This may or may not suit your fancy.

Sunny courtyard.

Oh Mr Sun, Sun, Mr Golden Sun, please shine down on meeeee (while I read on the patio, please).

I’m not just whimsically expressing my preference for the spring weather here. Reading outside is a great idea, and you don’t just have to take my word for it. Research has shown that stale air in your home or office can lead not only to health problems, but also affect your cognitive function. So actually, the fresh air outside might help you read better.

But let’s not stop there. Many researchers have noted that sunlight is an excellent mood booster. Furthermore, it, along with sunlight-derived vitamin D, has been proven to protect us from cognitive impairment. Do we even need to go into the effects of plants and nature on our mental function and well being? Put it all together and you have the makings of a productive reading session in which your brain is at peak performance to understand and enjoy all of the intellectual stimulation you are feeding it.

The science is clear, ladies and gents. I encourage you to brew up some coffee or tea, drag out the patio furniture, and settle in with a book. Your mind will thank you.


What’s happening this month…


Printing, printing, printing! That’s right, May will be chock-a-block full of printing two rather large additions to our spring list: Jan in 35 Pieces by Ian Hampton and The Rising Tide by Mark Frutkin. We need to have both printed, folded, bound, trimmed and ready for some spectacular launch events in June. Stay tuned!

In Toronto.

Quill friend Tony Calzetta will be showing some new artwork at yumart this month. If you loved Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices, you won’t want to miss his show, “Sophisticated Scribbles and Stories, Grim and Grin. Check them out May 5-26.

In Guelph.

Shane Neilson will be at The Bookshelf in Guelph to read from his book of poetry, Dysphoria. He’ll be joining fellow writers Ronna Bloom (The More) and Sarah Tolmie (The Art of Dying). Don’t miss what promises to be a brilliant event.



Book Expo logo

This porcupette is off to the Big Apple! Book Expo is one of the ultimate book events of the year. Packed with informative panel discussions, interesting presentations and a wide variety of exhibitors, it has a little something for publishing folks everywhere. If you’re going to be wandering the conference and would like to have a chat, get in touch! I’d love to meet up.

In the World.

May 2 is International Scurvy Awareness Day. Were you aware? Now you are.

May 16 is Biographers’ Day. I love a good biography as much as the next girl, so this should be a breeze to celebrate. I’ve been meaning to get to that book on Queen Elizabeth… (P.S. The history of Biographers’ Day is kind of cool. Check it out here.)

Image of Elizabeth and court.

I once took a course entirely about Elizabethan pageantry. Hey, it was grad school. Don’t judge me.

Finally, May 31 is Speak in Complete Sentences Day. In an era dominated by slang, emojis, and the dreaded, single-character text “k”, we need a day to remind ourselves of the power of human language when expressed grammatically and completely.


From the porcupette’s corner

It’s funny how making website changes can take you down a rabbit hole in which time and space lose all meaning. Looking back on this month’s work, I’m noticing just how much time it takes to develop interesting web content. (It’s for a project we’re not quite ready to show yet, so hold your horses!) I’m also noticing how quickly time flies when you’re tackling said content. I had a blast building pages and modifying images and figuring out just how to present information in a way that is digestible, interesting and useful.

Artist sitting at writing desk and looking out window.

Me, trying to design a poster that doesn’t completely suck. It takes many drafts and much staring about hoping for inspiration to strike. That’s my process. Again, don’t judge me.

I also had fun starting to prepare for the upcoming book launches on their way in June. Designing posters and invitations and other such materials allowed me to indulge my creative side and (slowly, gradually) teach myself a bit more about design.

All in all, a month of time-consuming but fun and rewarding projects. Be honest—aren’t you jealous?


Thank you very much for stopping by for my continued rambles. Also, here’s a PSA for you: don’t forget to enter our “Myth and Memory” book bundle giveaway before May 2nd!


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 27 Apr 2018

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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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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.