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Kingston WritersFest Part I: A trip down memory lane

Last week The Porcupine’s Quill set out for the little city between Ottawa and Toronto to take part in the Kingston WritersFest. It all started several months ago when Tim slyly suggested I should contact KWF about launching The Essential … Continue reading

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News for May

We have been very busy here at the Quill gearing up for the fall season, but that’s what happens around this time of year. With so many book launches, award submissions, and production deadlines all at once it tends to … Continue reading

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News for March

You are probably all thinking that there is no way, just no way, that we can top the excitement of February here at PQL. After getting Jon Evans of Beasts of New York on daytime Toronto (abliet, following a chef … Continue reading

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The Porcupine’s Quill is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

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 Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) is also gratefully acknowledged.