Celebrating thirty-five years on the Main Street
of Erin Village, Wellington County
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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
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 Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.
“In my sixteen years of reviewing Canadian literature for the Toronto Star, I have found that the Porcupine’s Quill has upheld the most consistently high level of excellence in writing and publishing of any of the literary presses in this country. Its output alone would put Canada on a firm international footing in contemporary world literature.” —Philip Marchand