The Essential Avison giveaway

Hey there, UofTers!

I have it on good authority (erm, your professor) that you will be studying The Essential Margaret Avison this year. We couldn’t be more delighted here at the Porcupine’s Quill! While I understand you all must be feeling rather bogged down at the thought of returning to school for yet another year, I have some good news to help cheer you up.

The Essential Margaret Avison was the sixth in our Essential Poets series.

The first and most exciting tidbit is our Free Giveaway. We will be giving away TWO free copies of The Essential Margaret Avison . But more on that later….

Also for your pleasure, we are selling The Essential Margaret Avison online as an eBook. If you’re tried of picking up all those heavy codices, this might be the thing for you. You can pick up your own copy of our eBook right here for only $4.99.

We will also be drawing up some discussion questions for you guys later in term. You might find they’re helpful as you read the text to alert you to key themes. You may also find they’re a good refresher when you’re getting ready to study for the exam. Either way, you’ll be able to find them here when they’re ready.

And now, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for: we’re giving away three free copies of the collection. To be entered to win a free copy of this book, all you have to do is answer one simple question, and you can find the answer right here on our site. Just go to The Essential Margaret Avison’s title page here. Hint: you’ll find the answer within the first four paragraphs.

Margaret Avison won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry twice, but did she ever win the Griffin Poetry Prize?

Submit your answers to me at You can also tweet your answers to me @porcupinesquill.

Contest closes Friday, September 28, at midnight.

Please note, due to lower-than-expected class enrollment, we have decided to reduce the number of book we are giving away from three to two. This just means it’s even more competitive! So keep those answers coming!

(To increase your odds of winning, enter twice. The Essential Poets series always features a flower on the cover. Email or tweet me the name of your favourite flower. Daisies, daffodils, pansies, rhododendrons, anything goes! Additional entries will only count for those who have already submitted an answer to the query. Good luck!)

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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.