New Look, Same Great Taste … Ahem … Reads, and Other News for November at PQL

The world certainly looks different now than it did a few years ago. Heck, it looks different than it did a few months ago! And while change can be difficult and unnerving and fraught with all kinds of pesky decision making (we need only look to our neighbours to the south for proof), it’s a chance to take stock of what you’ve got, to keep what works and improve what doesn’t. It’s also a great opportunity for creativity and experimentation—even for us humble indie book publishers.

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Tell me this image doesn’t look like it would be perfectly at home on an ad emblazoned with the line “New look, same great taste!” Okay, maybe it would if it were ketchup...

We’re grabbing that opportunity with both hands here at PQL. We’ve been hard at work creating a slick-looking email newsletter for your reading pleasure—one that streamlines our familiar look and that works nicely on mobile devices as well as desktop computers. We’ve maintained much of the charming content you know and love, but we’ve also added a few bells and whistles to help you explore and appreciate all the wonderful books we have to offer, whether they be freshly published new releases, like The Essential Derk Wynand, or a forgotten gem or two.

But this is only the beginning. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see some great new graphics on our social media accounts as well as handy improvements to our eStore. We hope you all take a moment to like, follow and shop with us—and to share your thoughts on our new look!

What’s happening this month…


This month we’re pleased to have The Essential Derk Wynand rolling off the press and out into the hands of readers. This latest addition to the Essential Poets series was edited by John Barton and contains a selection of poems by Victoria-based poet Derk Wynand. The poems in the collection spans countries and mythologies, but at its core, Wynands poetry explores the human heart and the varied and wonderful forms of love to be found therein.

Also in the works, the next issue of our journal of the printing arts, the Devil’s Artisan! Stay tuned for the next great issue, including a look at design on the Canadian Praries.

In Kitchener/Waterloo.

Casting into Mystery author Robert Reid will be coming to the airwaves! Tune in to 98.5 CKWR to hear from him on what it’s like publishing a book during a pandemic. Tune in Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m.

In the world.

November 13 is Word Kindness Day—something everyone could use a little of these days!

November 18 is High Five a Librarian Day. Maybe don’t follow this to the letter (social distancing and all that), but it’s the spirit of the thing we want to capture. Tell your local librarians how much you appreciate all that they do!

And finally, November 20 is apparently Absurdity Day. Whether you acknowledge life’s little absurdities or create a few little good natured ones of your own, enjoy a little bit of illogical fun.

From the porcupette’s corner.

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Me, looking disgruntled and trying to figure out which books are eligible for which awards and when. With help from pretty much anyone who will answer my questions.

I can honestly say that this porcupette is still learning new things! One new task that has recently come my way has been preparing awards nomination forms and submission packages for our recently released titles. It seems deceptively simple, but I can assure you it is not! It’s not just figuring out which awards are available, but matching them with eligible titles and authors, balancing pub dates with submission deadlines and compiling all the information … rinse repeat. I have a renewed appreciation for all who dedicate their working hours to puzzling out all these deadlines.


Thanks for checking in on this month’s newsletter. Be on the lookout for our new snazzy newsletter as well as our awesome new social media images, coming soon from your favourite Erin Village indie press.



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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.