News for February

It may be cold out there, but February feels just a little bit warmer with all the love going around. (OK. Maybe it could also be flu-induced fever. Tomato Tomahto.) The fact of the matter is, even if you’ve a rather take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward this ultimate Hallmark holiday, chances are you can’t escape the lovey-doveyness permeating the airwaves and store shelves. Well I say, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! (Bonus points for doing it with bookish flair.)

"Barbara? I'm not feeling well. I think I have the flu." "Nonsense, dear. You're just violently in love with me, is all."

“Barbara? I’m not feeling well. I think I have the flu.”
“Nonsense, dear. You’re just violently in love with me, is all.”

If you’ve got a honey, tell your significant other how much you care by reciting some smoldering love poetry. Single? Make new friends at a book launch or reading. Or if you prefer staying in, remind your best friend how much you care by indulging in a reading marathon together. Pyjamas, snuggly blankets, chocolates, and guilty-pleasure reading mandatory.

If you’re totally OVER all this Valentine’s smaltz, well, nothing wrong with treating yourself to a new book just because.

What’s happening this month.


Printing, printing, printing. The press is humming with books of all stripes. Tim just finished reprinting Marika Deliyannides’ excellent Bitter Lake, and next on the way is another printing of Bob Bossin’s fascinating bio, Davy the Punk. Also stay tuned for some new poetry from PQL: Don Coles’ latest book of poems, A Serious Call.

In British Columbia.

Speaking of Davy the Punk, Bob Bossin is at it again! His Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk tour continues with stops in Coombs and Salt Sprint Island. Check out the Davy the Punk website for information on where to get your hands on tickets.

In Alberta.

Davy fans can also catch the one-man musical in Lacombe, AB. Be sure to pick up a copy of the book while you’re there—if you haven’t already.

Marika Deliyannides will be visiting her hometown of Wetaskiwin for a reading and signing for Bitter Lake. Visit Blurbs … More Than a Book Store to meet Marika and get your copy signed.

In the World.

February 7 is International Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. So much yes.

February 9 is Clean Out Your Computer Day. I am almost afraid of what I’ll find, considering my desktop currently looks like a frighteningly untidy junk drawer at the moment.

"Of course I can find things. It's not a mess if I know where everything is. Now where did I put..."

“Of course I can find things. It’s not a mess if I know where everything is. Now where did I put…”

February 15 is Singles Awareness Day … as if singles need reminding when their mothers are so good at casual (unceasing) suggestions that they want grandchildren.

From the Porcupette’s corner.

Well, you all know that I’ve been busy on the blog this month, posting new articles every week and keeping you up to date on cool bookish news. What else have I been up to?

This porcupette has been busily preparing for the 2015 Translation Rights Fair in Toronto. There’s something exciting about going through publishers’ website and seeing what they publish. And it’s great fun to think about which publishers might be interested in possibly translating the Porcupine’s Quill’s books for French audiences. I’m looking forward to meeting my francophone counterparts and saying bonjour!

I’ve also had the pleasure of doing some image prep for Alec Dempster’s upcoming Loteria Huasteca. I don’t know what this says about me, but I find the process of cropping, rotating and converting image files to ready them for publication incredibly soothing. It’s almost like my version of meditation.

And finally…


portrait Thanks to this stupendous scratchboard portrait by Wesley Bates, I can now sign my blog posts and newsletters with more of a personal flair.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to keep in touch in the comments section below.

Cheers, sig



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