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 who was teaching Torontonians how to make bacon jam …) and Tim Inkster’s publisher profile in ForeWord Magazine (which you can read on our very own website, with pictures, right here), February is a pretty tough act to follow. But March is coming whether we like it or not, so I guess we’re just going to have to move with the times!

We’re fortunate that so many great things are already coming our way. We’ve already started releasing some of our spring titles and they’re already out there in the big bad world, just waiting for your to come along and love them. Dancing, With Mirrors launched early this year in January and Wayne Clifford’s third volume of The Exile’s Papers is on its way, having been printed and already shipped from the shop in Erin.

dingbats, the devil's artisan


What’s happening this month?

In Toronto. An artist we’re gearing up with publish in the fall alongside JonArno Lawson’s poetry in Down in the Bottom is exhibiting at a gallery in Parkdale later this month. Alec Dempster has taken the papercuts he created for JonArno’s book and put them together as a gallery exhibition. His illustrations are whacky and bold—much like JonArno’s poetry—and his technique is incredible. It’s well worth the visit, for all our art fans. The papercuts will be on display at the INDEX G gallery at 50 Gladstone Avenue from March 3 – 25, though the opening is March 10 at 3 pm if you want to go out and support Alec!

Out in British Columbia. Mark Lavorato has been invited to the prestigious Robson Reading Series at UBC, which in years past has featured authors such as Lynn Coady, Anne Simpson, and Esi Edugyan. Lavorato will be publishing a collection of poems with us (his first!) later this season. Look out for Wayworn Wooden Floors, due in June, but in the meantime go and hear Mark read at the UBC Bookstore Thursday, March 22, at 7 pm.

Across Canada. We are assured that Sheree-Lee Olson’s interview with Shelagh Rogers will be airing later this month. The interview was occasioned by the Bookmark installation for Sailor Girl which occurred last year in November. So keep your ears tuned in to CBC Mondays at 1 o’clock!


From the intern’s corner

As you can imagine, things have been pretty busy for us all here at PQL. I’ve been spending my time lately getting us ready for the fall festivals. We’ll be submitting a few authors here and there, so be sure to keep your eyes out when the festival line ups are posted!

To give our submissions a little bit of an edge, I made thank you cards using our little friend here. Because, let’s face it? Who wouldn’t want to get a thank you in a card with an orange Porcupine on the cover??


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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.