News for March

Perhaps it’s a little bit gauche of me to admit, but these days I find myself inwardly booing whenever I see a school bus. No, it’s not because I think children are sticky or because driving behind a school bus is road-rage-inducing or because I’ve always found the colour yellow to be obnoxious—although these are all undoubtedly true. It’s actually much simpler than that: those little ankle biters have at their fingertips something I covet.

March Break.

"Eugh. Youths everywhere. Sticky-ing everything up. They're a menace! Damn them for being so cute and lovable."

“Eugh. Youths everywhere. Running, jumping, cavorting, generally sticky-ing everything up. They’re a menace! Damn them for being so cute and lovable and disproportionately destructive.”

Remember when you had a whole week off in the middle of March for no apparent reason whatsoever? When you got to go to art camp or play volleyball or create blanket forts and all manner of cool stuff? When you got to read all day and night until your mom confiscated your books and all the light bulbs in your room because “that much reading is not HEALTHY, Stephanie”? (No? Just me?) Those were the days!

Now those carefree reading weeks (not to be confused with university students’ ‘reading week’, which consisted of equal parts caffeine, procrastination and insane cram sessions) are but a distant memory. But hell, I’m going to recapture my youth, grab a book, and read like it’s 1999 [or, you know, insert year that communicates wisdom without making me look old].

Join me, Quill friends!


What’s happening this month.

 At PQL.

Not-so-fun fact: Paper dislikes winter. Apparently, when it’s reeeeaaaaally cold and dry like it’s been lately, it tends to curl and mess up the perfect alignment of the interior printing. So what does that mean? The press room is still hopping as reprints and new books get their turn on the press.

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The presses are a hoppin'.

The presses are a hoppin’.

In Nova Scotia.

JonArno Lawson, whose book Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box won the 2013 Lion and the Unicorn Award, will be reading as part of the Authors@Acadia series. You can catch JonArno at the KCIC Auditorium at Acadia University on March 4.

In British Columbia.

Bob Bossin’s at it again! The one-man show, The Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk will be playing in Mission, BC, so if you haven’t seen it yet, get some tickets and head on over on March 7 to enjoy the show.

In the world.

March 3rd is If Pets Had Thumbs Day. I’m sure that there’s a joke in this. Somewhere.

March 15th is the Ides of March. So watch yer back, all ye wannabe Caesars out there.

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. You know what to do. (*ahem* Responsibly.)


From the porcupette’s corner.

February was a month of learning. I learned how to pitch books en français and apply for translation grants as part of the Canada Council’s 2015 Translation Rights Fair in Toronto. I learned about the book market in Mexico and how they handle importing and exporting books. I learned about opportunities for collaboration grants, and I also learned that…

Fall 2015 deadlines sneak up on you FAST, man.

Do I recommend turning your back on deadlines? No. No I do not.

Do I recommend turning your back on deadlines? No. No I do not.

I’ve been busy reading and preparing title information for a whole new crop of interesting books. I won’t spoil the surprise and tell you exactly what we’re working on just yet, but I will say that, boy, I love me some illustrated books!

portraitRemember to keep following us here on the blog, through Twitter and Facebook, and through our newsletter as we begin rolling out our Spring 2015 books.

See you soon, and stay warm!sig

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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.