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PQ Weekly Roundup: 22 Oct 2021

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Every 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.

  • Have you had a chance to check out the interactive small press map showcasing Canadian presses over at the Toronto International Festival of Authors site? (Note: Some people have commented that not all presses are represented. This is true, but not necessarily malicious. There was a general call-out for materials, so if you don’t see your favourite indie publisher, they might not have gotten around to sending in their info.)

  • If you like a good bookish documentary, you might be interested in Writing the Land, which celebrates Canadian literature, over at CBC Gem.

  • There’s a virtual event on the way about Elizabeth Brewster, featuring Quill friend Ingrid Ruthig. You, too, can tune in on November 3, if you so wish!

  • I was quite taken aback by this longish article about ghostwriting. It goes beyond the conception of the a writer being quietly paid to write a book for someone else and talks about different forms of “invisible” writing, from preparing social media copy for big newspapers to writing podcast scripts. Well worth the read.

  • And finally, by far our most popular post of the week was our post about Mark Frutkin’s excellent book, The Artist and the Assassin. Don’t miss this thrilling read!

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There’s a nip in the air, Quill fans, which means yours truly will be hoping for a weekend that features a little cozy couch reading with a hot beverage and a warm blanket. Hope you find time to do the same.

Happy Friday,

Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 15 Oct 2021

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Every 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 stopping by to see what’s hip and happening in Book World this week. Hope you’ve found something new and interesting read!

Cheers,

Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 08 Oct 2021

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Every 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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The long weekend has snuck up upon us, Quill friends! We’d like to take a moment to thank you all for your continued interest and support, on the blog, in your email, through your social media, and most of all, on your bookshelves.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Steph


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Wait an Apple-Picking Minute, or, News for October at PQL

When October rolls around and fall is in the air, I can help but think about those autumnal pastimes stereotypical of the season. Hay rides, leaf-peeping expeditions, even pumpkin spice latte consumption are all such typical seasonal activities you can’t help but feel nostalgic at the thought.

Another nostalgia-inducing activity is apple picking. I have distinct memories of going as a child to one or another of the several orchards in the area and being taught how to identify the apples ripe for picking, and how to gently detach them from the trees. It strikes me now that the whole exercise was more than just a method of procuring the apples that would inevitably be baked into my mom’s delicious apple pie or apple crisp. The lessons learned on an apple picking expedition are applicable to a wide range of tasks, even, I like to think, book publishing.

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Every day I am faced with a veritable orchard full of stories—from acquired books that I’m working on to manuscripts in my inbox to queries from authors seeking Recommender Grants. Some need a little more time and nurturing before they’re ready to be picked.  Some are ripe—bright, bold, polished to a shine—and ready to be gently plucked from the branch.

The more experienced I get, the more I realize that a good editor knows when to pick, but a better editor knows when to wait and give nature a little more time to do its thing.

What’s happening this month…

At PQL.

The printing continues apace! The press is a-humming with production of Mark Huebner’s wordless novel, Let Go, on the docket. It’s a beautiful story meticulously composed of linocuts, which follows a laid off ad man who must navigate a blizzard and the deadweight of his memories as he struggles toward an uncertain future.

Also in varying stages of preparation are Susan Glickman’s Artful Flight, and Carmine Starnino’s The Essential John Glassco. Stay tuned to hear when you might be able to add these gems to your collection.

Online.

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Join us for the launch of Mark Frutkin’s thrilling historical novel The Artist and the Assassin, a fictionalized take of the life of the famous—and infamous—painter, Caravaggio. It’s a not-to-be-missed story for any visual art lover. The event will take place via Zoom on Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. For access details, send me an email!

In the world.

October 6 is Mad Hatter Day, which is not only a great day to celebrate the literary genius of Lewis Carroll, but also a day to embrace general silliness.

October 15 is Boss’s Day. Show a little appreciation to all the bosses who go above and beyond to make your work life great!

October 16 is Dictionary Day. Technically it’s celebrated on Noah Webster’s birthday and celebrates his American Dictionary, but we think the rules can be stretched to allow your preferred tome, whether it be the venerable OED or a tattered Scrabble dictionary.

From the porcupette’s corner…

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September felt very much like a month to focus on promotional efforts. From preparing event materials and getting ready for virtual launches to sending out review queries and getting the ball rolling for Spring 2022 books, the task of spreading the word is truly never ending! This month, I’m learning how we might beef up our promotional efforts heading into the holiday season with a series of webinars. It would appear that the holidays actually start in October—who knew?

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Thanks, as always, for stopping by to see what we’ve been working on. We hope you’ve found something to be excited about!

Cheers,

Steph
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PQ Weekly Roundup: 1 Oct 2021

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Every 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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Happy October, Quill friends! We know it’s unofficially fall because of the increasing references to “spooky season” and the inescapable creep of pumpkin-themed decor. Embrace it or ignore it—but do enjoy a good book this weekend, at least.

Cheers,

Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 24 Sep 2021

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Every 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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Is everyone else stoked that we’ve had a bit of a cold snap in our little corner of Ontario these days? I’m not a fan of the unrelenting rain, but it is lovely to dig out the blankets and sweaters and cozy up with a book!

Keep warm, friends,

Steph


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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.