News for February

You know what I like about February? It’s not afraid to be what it is: short. It doesn’t need to apologize that it’s not as long as all the other months. It’s all for spontaneity—every few years it decides to let loose, have fun, and add an extra day to the roster. And mind you, it can be a little cold, but with Valentine’s Day falling right smack dab in the middle of the month, it’s happy to show its gooey romantic centre. What’s not to love?

OK, come on. How much more "gooey centre" can you get? Seriously. It's adorable.

OK, come on. How much more “gooey centre” can you get? Seriously. It’s adorable.

I’m not sure about you, but the way to this girl’s heart is not through flowers or jewellery. It’s through books and food. And poetry’s the food of love, right? (So…bonus.) Might I recommend some of PQL’s latest poetry? Slack Action? The sea with no one in it? The April Poems?

What’s happening this month?

 At PQL.

Tim is hard at work, as always, typesetting all of the wonderful offerings on our upcoming list. We’ve also been doing a lot of the never-ending joy that is grant applications. There is no such thing as free money, folks. You work for it.

In Brampton.

George A. Walker fans still have some time to check out the fantastic exhibition, based on The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, running at PAMA. The exhibition will continue until March 31.

In New York City.

Speaking of George A. Walker—his Book of Hours will be featured at the prestigious Morgan Library and Museum in New York. The exhibition entitled Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book features contemporary woodcut artists alongside masters of the craft. The exhibition runs from February 22 until May 11, so you have lots of time to plan a visit.

Wiarton Willie or Punxsutawney Phil, depending on your national tradition. Willie. Phil. Please. No more winter. We're sick of shovelling.

Wiarton Willie or Punxsutawney Phil, depending on your national tradition. Willie. Phil. Guys, we need to talk. Please. No more winter. Our arms can’t take much more shovelling.

In the world.

February 2 is Groundhog Day! Not only is it the day that we can learn how much longer we’ll have to deal with all that infernal snow, it’s also the day that we can best appreciate the 1993 Bill Murray classic.

February 17 is Random Act of Kindness Day. Time to help a neighbour, do something nice for a stranger, or just plain old be kind to those around you. Maybe pass along a book you enjoyed?

From the intern’s corner.

A fresh dumping of snow, bitter cold and the miasma of sickness that has been hanging around my abode have somewhat mitigated my pleasure in this short but sweet time of year. But it’s nothing that some hot tea, some sleep, and a couple of good books won’t cure.

Of course, that has meant that this month has focused a bit more on maintenance than on new developments. Now that I’m getting to be on the mend (fingers crossed!) my focus is shifting beyond playing catch up and toward planning for our new Fall 2014 releases. In keeping, check out our new special feature for P. K. Page, in celebration of the upcoming publication of her memoir, Mexican Journal.

I'm just this...for a bit...*yawn*

I’m just gonna…you know…do this…for a bit…*yawn*


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