News for December

I can admit it now. As a child, I was something of a Grinch. Not a huge Grinch, understand—no empty hole for a heart and no garlic in this soul—but I was pretty ho hum about the whole holiday affair. There was the singularly cruel belief on the part of my parents that Christmas present opening had to be reserved for after breakfast and church services, a practice that may have served to ensure that the holiday was not all about the presents, but which, as a young child, also sucked heartily. Plus there always seemed to be an uncomfortable Christmas outfit to wear—the puffy dresses, deemed to be appropriate by everyone but this self-avowed tomboy, were an indignity second only to special torture of the 90s-era Sears Portrait Studio photo featuring me, decidedly not amused, in said puffy dress.

"Mummy, mummy! Can we open presents?" "Of course we can, darling. Just as soon as we eat breakfast and go to church. We'll be home before lunch time." *loud sigh*

“Mummy, mummy! Can we open presents?” “Of course we can, darling. Just as soon as we eat breakfast and go to church. We’ll be home before lunch time.” *loud sigh*

I don’t know when exactly it was that my love of the holiday season took root. Perhaps away at grad school, when Christmas meant coming home to visit my parents, or marked the end of my first internship in Toronto. Or maybe it was the all the terrible/hilarious/awesome holiday-themed movies churned out by the Hallmark elves every year. Or maybe it was the ability to be involved in the baking and cooking and shopping and general festiveness of the holiday. Whatever it was, I am now a card-carrying Christmas lover, and as such, I reserve the right to listen to Christmas music starting immediately after American Thanksgiving.

And since it is December 2, I feel no compunction about spreading the holiday cheer to all of our Quill fans as well, by letting you know about all the fun and special treats we’ll be sharing this month.

What’s happening this month.


Sweet Lechery has finally arrived! Jeet Heer’s collection of essays is hot off the press and ready for a spot under the tree—or on your own bookshelves.


In other news, for fans of our digital offerings, we are in the process of making our entire digital backlist available on Magzter, a reading app that lets you read your book on your phone, on your tablet, or on your PC. It’s a very convenient way to store your PQL library and access them on the go. Check out our Magzter listings here.

And, because we love you, we’re rolling out not only our Spring 2015 list, but also some great holiday giveaways. Stay tuned via Twitter or Facebook, and be sure to join our mailing list so you never miss a giveaway.

In Toronto.

Ingrid Ruthig will be reading at the Human Bean in Cobourg as part of the “Lay Your Word Down” series. The lucky audience will hear selections from the recently released book, The Essential Anne Wilkinson, which Ingrid edited.

In Ottawa.

A great outing for the theatre minded: James Reaney’s Alice Through the Looking-Glass will be playing at the National Arts Centre December 9 to January 3. It’s a wonderful production, but if you can’t make it in person, you might want to check out the trade edition of the book, which is an inexpensive alternative.

In the World.

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—take your pick!

And if none of those suits your fancy, December 23 is Festivus (for the rest of us).

Personal aside: My aunt and uncle constructed a Festivus pole out of a metal stand, a length of pipe and some jaunty stickers. I kid you not. Needless to say, these are my favourite relatives.

Creepy Santa, FTW.

Creepy Santa, FTW.

From the porcupette’s corner.

After spending what feels like a month watching the progress bar of my browser as I uploaded book after book to our shiny new Magzter accounts (PQL ebooks here and Devil’s Artisan issues here), I’m beyond thrilled to start spreading the word about all of the new happenings at PQL.

This month, I’m excited to start sharing with you all of our holiday promotions. Plus, I’ll have lots of time to focus on some of the larger web projects that we’re planning for the new year. Be sure to check back as we start sharing our latest features.

Seasons greetings everyone!


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