News for August

I am about to tell you a shocking secret. It has bothered me since those early days when I first donned the mantle of the porcupette. Since even before I started showing up (virtually—don’t be creepy) in your inbox every month. Since before I met some of you at book fairs and conferences across North America.

Ladies and gentlemen, I must now confess to you my private shame….


“Don’t judge me!”

Up until last Friday at 10:30 a.m., I had never once visited the PQL shop on the Main Street of Erin Village.

I can hear your gasps from here. “But Steph,” you cry, “how could you have worked at the Quill for years without being privy to that most awe-inspiring inner sanctum? How could you live with yourself without knowing the ins and outs of the machinery that makes the company so unique?”

See? I told you. Shameful.

But no longer. I have finally been to the Publishing Promised Land, and friends, there is a printing press there.

The shop is a book nerd’s paradise. I have always been fascinated by the printing process, but the visit has solidified my interest in the machinery and practical know-how required to produce our beautiful books. I defy any visitor to the shop to leave without feeling a healthy respect for the hard labour of love that is the printing business. I’ll be sure to share with you some of my impressions on the blog very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for my ravings.


What’s happening this month.


Guys. This is important. We. Are. Caught. Up. That’s right. Every single one of our Spring 2016 titles is now available. The Exile’s Papers? Got it. Metamorphadox? That too. Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices? Check. The Bird in the Stillness. Absolutely. Strike Anywhere? You bet your criticism-lovin’ boots we do. In the parlance of Pokémon GO (which, I’ve been reliably informed, is a thing), you gotta catch ’em all.

In Kitchener.

If you haven’t already, check out the works of Gerard Brender à Brandis, on display at the Homer Watson Gallery in Kitchener. The exhibition closes on August 15th, so get there before it’s gone!

In Cobourg.

You’ll also want to hop on over to Cobourg for the Lay Your Word Down reading series. On Shaving Off His Face author Shane Neilson will be reading there on August 4th.

In the world.

The Summer Olympics begin in Rio on August 5th. Celebrate with some great PQL reads inspired by Brazil, like P. K. Page’s Brazilian Journal and Brazilian Alphabet for the Young Reader.

August 9 is Book Lover’s Day. Although, it really is every day of my life so … I don’t know. Maybe we should have cake or something?

August 27 is Just Because Day—a day when you can do what you want to do, not for any particular reason, but ‘just because’. Might I suggest enjoying a new book, just because?


From the porcupette’s corner.

I feel like I’ve said this a lot lately, but … where does the time go? I guess it flies when you’re having fun.

I’m usually kept fairly busy with promotional ideas, website updates, vendor uploads, grant applications and the like, but recently I’ve had the supreme pleasure of flexing my editorial muscles. I am now the proud editor of a few projects that are on the go for upcoming seasons. There’s something inherently rewarding about working so closely with authors on their manuscripts. These stories are their babies, and to allow a stranger to poke and prod and make suggestions must be utterly terrifying.

"Shh! Not while he's writing!"

“Shh! Not while he’s writing!”

In other news, I’ve started reading manuscripts for our Spring 2017 list in preparation for TIP sheet time. We’ve got some good stuff on the horizon, and I can’t wait to tell you more very soon.


But wait—there’s more!

Contest alert!

Rio 2016 Giveaway

Well, that was fun! Hope you all enjoyed reading about our various projects at PQL. And do enter our contest. There’s nothing better than free books to perk you up in this summer heat!

Thanks for stopping by,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.