Out and About with the Quill: 2019 Detroit Festival of Books

This Sunday, I absconded with a friend and trundled over to Detroit to participate in the 3rd annual Detroit Festival of Books at the historic (and beautiful!) Eastern Market. The weather was perfect for the event–not too hot, not too cold, no rain to mar the day–and it attracted a large crowd of book lovers. If you missed it, here are some lovely photographs of the event and its environs. Many thanks to Paulette for her photography skills.

Eastern Market shed

The Detroit Festival of Books took place at Eastern Market, a very beautiful and very cool venue for homemade goods, flowers and farm fresh produce.

Dedication plaque for Eastern Market

The market dates back to 1922, though most of the sheds have been renovated and modernized while still retaining their charm.

Shed 3 at Eastern Market

The Detroit Book Fest was housed in Shed 3 this year, a gorgeously updated cross-shaped shed with massive cooling fans and eye-catching exposed roof girders.

Detroit Festival of Books sign.

Visitors were welcomed by a massive sign, and surrounded by bookish vendors and artisans.

People browsing vendor tables in Shed 3

Book lovers browsed the wares housed by the massive shed, which is itself architecturally stunning.

PQL vendor table at Detroit Bookfest.

Our little PQL table featured a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry from our frontlist and backlist.

PQL books on display.

Vendor’s-eye-view behind the table.


PortraitMany thanks to all those who stopped by the table to pick up a new title or chat about books and reading. Always glad to be among bookish folks! And special thanks as well to my friend Paulette, for her company and her photos.


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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.