Back in the Saddle Again: A Big Event, a Hot New Release and Other News for June at PQL

Like many of you, we here at PQL have gotten pretty adept at hermiting these last few years. But now that the weather is fine and things are opening up, it’s time to get back in the saddle and poke our noses back into the literary community.  And we’re coming back in a big way.

Getting back in the saddle again. We might need a little encouragement…

This weekend, you’ll find us behind a table at the 2022 Word on the Street Book & Magazine Festival in Toronto. This year’s event is quite different from years previous. For the last few years, the event has been largely virtual due to Covid, but prior to that, most of you will remember attending the one-day event at Harbourfront in September. This year, after some re-imagination and deliberation, the festival is coming back revamped. It has moved to Queen’s Park and will take place over two days—June 11 and 12.

The marketplace features over 90 exhibitors, including presses large and small, magazines, journals, booksellers and more. There are also a ton of panel discussions, readings, activities and other literary content to be had across a number of stages across the park. There will also be food vendors on hand so you can keep your book-shopping strength up.

Here are the details:

The Porcupine’s Quill will be at
Booth E07a
Saturday, June 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We’d be thrilled if you’d stop by, browse our new and exciting titles, and take home a new treasure or two. (And, as a bonus, we’ve got a few great PQL authors dropping by throughout the day, too.)

We hope to see you there!

What’s happening this month…


The Razor's Edge

This month, we’re thrilled to have Karl Jirgens’s short story collection The Razor’s Edge hot off the press! The interlinked stories in this book draw on literature (think Somerset Maugham’s novel of the same name) as well as history and pop culture to explore the haunting hunger of a traumatized narrator in search of truth, love, understanding, and meaning. It is clever, funny and heartbreaking, and it feels startlingly relevant in era marked not only by military conflict, but also personal struggles both physical and mental. The book has quickly become a personal favourite of this porcupette—well worth the read!

In Toronto.

Word on the Street Celebrate Reading

As mentioned above, we’ll be in Toronto for Word on the Street. Join us June 11 and 12 at Booth E07a.

On Pelee Island.

Karl Jirgens will read from The Razor’s Edge and other publications at the Stone and Sky Arts Fest at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. The event will take place on Pelee Island (in the Quarry) and will feature music by the Nadine Deleury Ensemble (Nadine Deleury, cello, Velda Kelly, violin, Lisa Raschiatore, clarinet) as well as performative visual art by Collette Broeders. Tickets are $20 and proof of vaccination is required. (Rain venue is at the nearby Winery Pavillion).

In the world.

June 12 is Peanut Butter Cookie Day. If you love the smell of freshly baked peanut better cookies as much as I do, you won’t be able to resist chowing down on a few of these tasty treats. (On second thought, if you’re allergic to nuts, I’m sure resisting is easy, actually.)

June 18 is National Splurge Day. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to splurge on something—books! And this gives me the perfect excuse.

June 21 is the Summer Solstice. On the longest day of the year, we have more sunlight … to help us read the day away.

From the porcupette’s corner.

Gotta love a nice, relaxing journey by train. So quaint.

Word on the Street is one of my favourite events of the year, so I’m pretty excited to get to experience all the literary fun once again this year. I will admit to some trepidation about travelling, though. This will be my second event in the last two years, but the first time I’ll be taking the train. I love a good ride on VIA Rail, though, so I’ve got my fingers crossed for a safe (and productive!) trip.

I’m also really looking forward to seeing the friendly faces of Tim and Elke, as well as several PQL authors, including Ross Breithaupt, Daniel Bryant, Bruce McDougall, Susan Glickman and Ed Seaward. Can’t ask for better literary company!


Thanks for checking out what we’ve got going on this month at PQL. We look forward to seeing you all in Toronto—or hearing from you in our inbox!



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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.