“I don’t know the title and I don’t remember who wrote it, but the cover is green…”

Today’s St. Patrick’s Day post is in keeping with two of the main tenets of the occasion:

1. Fellowship
2. All things green.

We’ve all done it—walked into a bookstore or library and asked that most infuriating of questions. You know, the one that makes booksellers want to commit hara-kiri in the biography section. The one that makes librarians glare tiny daggers at you over horn-rimmed glasses by the reference desk.

“Excuse me. Can you help me find a book? I don’t know the title, and I can’t for the life of me remember who wrote it, but I know for a fact that the colour is green.”

Cue rage-induced eye twitch.

In celebration of St. Paddy’s day, we are not only paying tribute to those brave souls who routinely field such questions, but also toasting to fellowship with this reading list, featuring books from PQL and our indie publisher friends, all of which happen to sport a jaunty green cover.


Title: Alligator
Author: Lisa Moore
Publisher: House of Anansi
You might also like: DA 74 (featuring Lisa Moore’s “How to Illustrate a Poem: The Art of Alan Stein”)

Contrary Angel
Title: Contrary Angel
Author: Mike Barnes
Publisher: The Porcupine’s Quill
You might also like: Outstanding short fiction, including The Dodecahedron, Every Minute Is a Suicide

My Shoes Are Killing Me
Title: My Shoes Are Killing Me
Author: Robyn Sarah
Publisher: Biblioasis
You might also like: Robyn Sarah’s A Day’s Grace, Promise of Shelter

Needs Improvement
Title: Needs Improvement
Author: Jon Paul Fiorentino
Publisher: Coach House Books
You might also like: Intelligent poetry like On Shaving Off His Face and The April Poems

The Night Stages
Title: The Night Stages
Author: Jane Urquhart
Publisher: Penguin Random House
You might also like: More fictional family drama such as Bitter Lake

portraitThere you have it. It may not be that easy being green, but these books do so in style. Be sure to check out our recommendations and check back soon for more awesome happenings at the Quill. Happy St. Patricks Day everyone!


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