Bet You Can’t Read Just One and Other News for December at the Porcupine’s Quill

They say that, of all the numbers, one is the loneliest, and ain’t that the truth?

Faced with lockdowns, quarantines, isolation periods and public health officials recommending—or begging—us all to stay home, we’re starting to realize that we might be in for a somewhat lonely holiday. We’re recognizing how important our social circles are to our happiness and mental heath now that interaction with them has been, of necessity, somewhat curtailed. And while some are refusing to cancel their plans, come what may, most of us recognize that we need to be more careful this year, in order to ensure we are able to gather with all our loved ones when it’s safe.

christmas tree
This porcupette loves a good Christmas tree, but perhaps the best decoration of all is a family surrounding it!

But it’s not just our social nature that dictates our aversion to the singular. Remember the Lay’s slogan “bet you can’t eat just one”? I would never dare take that bet—I’m self-aware enough to know that it would be impossible for me to eat one single, solitary potato chip without craving another one … or two … or ten. (I am weak.) When I need something sweet with my afternoon coffee, you can bet I’ll reach for two cookies, not one. (See? Weak.) Heck, if I see dish soap or toothbrushes on sale, I’ll buy a backup, just in case. Not hoarding or anything, just making sure I don’t have to make a special trip out, you know.

And books—oh books! It’s rare for me to buy one at a time. I’ll often go for long periods without buying new books (the better to finish the ones still waiting patiently on the shelf), but once those are done, it’s not uncommon for me to procure new ones two or three at a time. (Weak, remember?) And I often have a few books on the go at once, just in case I’m in the mood for a mystery instead of a literary novel, or what have you. Plus, needless to say, of all the book lovers I’ve ever known, I have never met one who has not amassed a collection spanning several books … and by that I mean bookshelves. (Oh, so weak.)

Now, of all times, when faced with a potentially lonely holiday season, I think we can all take comfort in a variety of books and the imaginative, exciting, and Covid-free worlds that they contain. But with books, as with toothbrushes, you would not go amiss having a backup. Besides, we bet you can’t read just one!

Which brings us to a special offer for you…

Buy 2 eBooks, get 1 free

In order to support your varied reading diet over the holidays, we’re offering a fantastic sale on all the eBooks in our eStore. Buy any two ebooks (priced $2.99 to $4.99) and get the third one free! That’s right, for around ten dollars, you can get any three PQL ebook titles for your reading pleasure. Novels? Absolutely! Poetry? You’ve got it. Non fiction? Or course! Three books for the price of two. Just apply the coupon code BUY2GET3 at checkout for any order during the month of December, and you’ll get the discount. It’s that simple.

What’s going on this month…


This month, the presses will be humming with the dulcet tones of Metamorphosis! Metamorphosis is a collection of the children’s literature of P.K. Page, including beloved short stories, poems and plays by the beloved Canadian author.

For the those inclined toward design, the most recent issue of The Devil’s Artisan, our journal of the printing arts, is now available in print and digital formats, for your reading pleasure.

In cyberspace.

The Rising Tide and The Artist and the Assassin book covers next to author photo.

Mark Frutkin will be reading from two of his Italian-themed PQL novels! Join us on Thursday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. on Zoom for this event. You’ll hear a reading from The Rising Tide, featuring the mysterious skeleton bearer, Rodolpho, and Michele, a former priest turn publisher of erotic poetry.

But wait, there’s more! You’ll also be treated to a sneak peek at The Artist and the Assassin, forthcoming from PQL next year. This fascinating novel follows the infamous painter Caravaggio and the fictional assassin paid to end the painter’s life.

Contact Porcupette Steph for the meeting link and password.

In the world.

December 7 is Letter Writing Day, which I find delightful. How much fun is it to get an unexpected note in the mail … one that’s not attached to a bill?

December 14 is Roast Chestnuts Day. Having never roasted a chestnut … or even consumed a roasted chestnut, if I’m being honest … I am intrigued. Is it worth trying either activity?

Finally, December 31 is Make Up Your Mind Day. I might celebrate. I might not. I can’t decide.

From the porcupette’s corner.

Holiday Giveaway graphic

Rather than blather about my schedule (hectic), my editorial endeavours (a struggle as always), my Facebook Ads learning curve (the less said about that the better), I’d rather let you know about all the nice things we’re doing this holiday season to keep you flush with reading material into the new year.

As usual, you can expect to see the return of the #PQLHolidayGiveaway! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media so you don’t miss a freebie.

Plus, new this year, take advantage of our Buy 2 eBooks, get 1 free promotion over in the PQL eBook store. This will run throughout the month of December, and includes all books on the eBook store (except for the freebies, naturally). For about ten dollars, you’ll get three eBooks. Who could say no to that?


Thank you all for checking in on us here at the PQL this December. We hope you’re keeping safe and well this holiday season, and we encourage you to avoid the crazy crowds and cozy up with a book. If you need suggestions, don’t forget to check out our PQL Holiday Gift Guide!



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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.