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PQ Weekly Roundup: 27 Mar 2020

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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 taking the time to check in with us and see what’s happening in books and reading news this week. Hope to see you back here next week for more!

All the best,
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The 2019 Foreword Indies Book Awards Finalists Have Been Announced!

Every year, Foreword Reviews honours the best of indie publishing with the Foreword Indies Book Awards. The panel of judges wades through thousands of books in 55 different categories and whittles them down to a group of finalists.

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The Porcupine’s Quill is pleased to have two finalists in the running year. Daniel Bryant’s collection of darkly comic short stories, Rerouted, is a finalist in the Adult Fiction – Humour category, while Leon Rooke’s touching and zany novel The House on Major Street is a finalist in the Adult Fiction – Fantasy category.

Join us in celebrating these authors for their wonderful books—and in crossing our fingers when the winners are announced on June 17!

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If you find yourself with time on your hands, we highly recommend checking out these great books for yourself. They’re available now, in print and digital formats.

Cheers,Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 20 Mar 2020

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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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What a strange, crazy week it’s been. Wishing you all a happy and healthy weekend!

Cheers,
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Life Is Hard Right Now. Read a Book.

Life is hard right now.

While COVID-19 rewrites rules and changes life as we know it, it’s easy to fall into the fear that is spurring so much frantic toilet paper acquisition around the globe.

Social events—including book launches, readings, fairs, and all the other fun stuff we usually participate in here at PQL—have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. People are encouraged not to gather, not to travel, not to shop unnecessarily, if not for themselves, then to protect those at higher risk of developing complications as a result of infection.

It’s scary. It’s inconvenient. It sucks. But it’s necessary.

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If there’s ever a time for the power of books—especially fiction—to create empathy, it’s now. With so many recommendations to stay home and to self-isolate, I hope people unplug a bit, take a break from the 24-hour news cycle, switch off the boob tube, and turn to books and reading to fill at least some of their time. In doing so, I hope readers also see the importance of empathy, of sharing, of overcoming obstacles and doing things for the greater good. I can think of so many great books in which these themes are central, and maybe what we all need right now is a reminder of the potential of humanity to band together in times of need.

You needn’t go out of doors to do so. You can still shop for books online. Many indie booksellers are coming up with innovative ways to serve patrons in these trying times. You can buy direct from publishers (like us, and many other indies) if you prefer to support them directly rather than through the Amazon machine.

And of course, you can buy ebooks. For example, the Porcupine’s Quill eStore has a wide variety of books to choose from, all for $2.99 or $4.99. It’s a rip-roaring good deal for the wonderful collections of poetry and short stories in our list, and for gripping novels, thought-provoking non-fiction and stunning wordless novels. We have even started adding “Free Downloads” chapbooks and broadsides and other free content that anyone can download.

So bring a little joy and escapism into your day. Support indies. Buy a book. Read. And above all, empathize.

 

PortraitI hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and able to keep entertained as we settle in for the long haul.

All the best,Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 13 Mar 2020

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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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Now more than ever I’m finding the importance of unplugging, stepping away from the never-ending news cycle, and spending some quality time with good old-fashioned books. Hope your weekend is a time of relaxation and good stories!

Best,
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PQ Weekly Roundup: 06 Mar 2020

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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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Anybody else feeling uplifted now that spring is on our doorstep? Makes me want to go out and pick up a whole bunch of new books to read in the sunshine!

Cheers,
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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.