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November Is the Most Bookish Month, or, News for November at the Porcupine’s Quill

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I’m starting to think November is the most bookish month. Don’t believe me? Hold my book; I’ll state my case.

1. It’s chock-a-block with literary holidays.

National Author’s Day is in November (November 1), as is Book Lovers Day (November 5), Young Readers Day (November 8) and I Love to Write Day (November 15). Even the very niche Chicken Soup for the Soul Day (November 12) spreads a little literary love. Plus, we all know that November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I’ve also heard people challenging themselves to Novella November or Non-Fiction November to direct their reading attentions.

2. It’s full of big book awards announcements.

The Writers’ Trust Prizes were announced November 2. The Giller Prize named its winner just two days ago. The Governor General’s Literary Awards will be announced on November 16. That’s a lot of big, influential prizes all conveniently awarded just as the holiday shopping season hits.

3. It’s prime cozy reading time.

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Inspired by literary holidays and awards announcements, many of us have begun to amass a teetering to-read list. And the time could not be better! With Daylight Saving Time ending, it gets dark quicker. And who wants to run out in to the cold, dark world when there’s a stack of books to be read. Without the frenzy of holiday shopping and gatherings, we’re still able to enjoy a slower pace. And colder temperatures practically beg for a warm beverage and hot blanket. With a stage set like that, it’s hard to resist the lure of a bit of cozy reading.

4. There are lots of book events to attend.

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the bookish events the Porcupine’s Quill has going on. We were pleased to have a great turnout for the PQL Books & Brews Bash down in Windsor on November 1, as well as the All Lit Up Indie Reading Room event on the same day. Wesley W. Bates had a very good response to his Open Studio event on November 5 and 6. And don’t worry—there’s more on the way with the PQL Fall Literary Fiesta in Toronto on November 23.

What’s happening this month…

At PQL.

The Essential Eugene McNamara

Poetry fans will be pleased to know that The Essential Eugene McNamara is now officially available in print! First copies were ready for Phil Hall’s reading and signing as part of our Books & Brews Bash in Windsor last week. The collection displays McNamara’s empathetic and emotional poetry, which shines the spotlight on small, non-eloquent, delinquent, unpopular and wayward places—and the people who inhabit them. It’s a wonderful read and a must-have for poetry fans.

Up next on the docket, the latest issue of the Devil’s Artisan, DA 91, is headed to the press. This issue will explore the work of Richard York, a Salt Spring Island-based woodcut artist whose complex reduction prints have been influenced by a wide variety of forms, movements and artists.

In Toronto.

The Porcupine's Quill Fall Literary Fiesta Wednesday, November 23, 7:00 p.m. at TacoTaco Restaurant, 319 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON. Featuring Ross Breithaupt, Daniel Bryant, Susan Glickman, Karl Jirgens, Bruce McDougall, Ed Seaward. Free admission and refreshments. Book sales by authors.

All are invited to attend the PQL Fall Literary Fiesta  at 7:00 p.m. on November 23 at TacoTaco in Toronto. We’ll be celebrating with readings by Ross Breithaupt (Midland), Daniel Bryant (Rerouted), Susan Glickman (Artful Flight), Karl Jirgens (The Razor’s Edge), Bruce McDougall (Urban Disturbances), and Ed Seaward (Fair). This free event will include refreshments, and the authors will be selling and signing copies of their books. It promises to be a fun night—be sure to plan to attend!

Also mark your calendars for upcoming bookish events in December—Richard York will be delivering an artist’s talk at the Mira Godard Gallery on December 9, and the Porcupine’s Quill will be participating in the Bound Book Arts Fair at the Arts and Letters Club on December 11.

In the World.

The five literary events I shared above wasn’t enough for you? Have no fear—I’ve got you covered.

November 11 is World Origami Day, which seems appropriate for paper lovers like us!

November13 is World Kindness Day, and well, these days I just think we all ought to do a little more to spread it around if we can.

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Uncle Joe? (Just kidding. I don’t have an Uncle Joe. Or an uncle who’s a monkey.)

November 24 is apparently All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day. Which is an adorable way to refer to a holiday dedicated to educating people about evolution. Seriously good marketing.

From the porcupette’s corner.

Is anyone else still off kilter from the time change? In theory, with everything being an hour later, I should be bounding out of bed in the morning ready to slay literary dragons. Instead I’m tired, cranky, hungry at odd hours, and generally feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck. Not ideal for my productivity so far this week, to say the least.

Doctor leaning over patient.
“Sorry doc. I don’t think I’m going to make it. Tell the truth. It was the end of Daylight Saving Time that felled me, isn’t it?”

But temporal woes aside, I’ve been making some progress on some editing, accomplished lots of event planning, and I had an absolute blast at the Books & Brews Bash last week. I can’t wait to enjoy the next event in Toronto. Who else is ready for a fiesta?

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Thanks for stopping by to see what we’ve been up to this last month. We hope to see you at one of our exciting book events this November and December!

Cheers,

Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 4 Nov 2022

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Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

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Thanks for joining us for another scintillating edition of the PQ Weekly Roundup. We hope you’ll enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend–and perhaps a trip out to Clifford?

Happy Friday,

Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 28 Oct 2022

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Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

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That’s it for this week’s PQ Weekly Roundup. Don’t forget that we’re hosting the Books & Brews Bash in Windsor, ON this Tuesday, Novembere 1. We hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Steph


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Spread the Word, Share the Wealth eBook Giveaway

The Essential Eugene McNamara

As you’ve probably heard by now, we’re really excited to be holding the PQL Books & Brews Bash in Windsor on November 1. The event will take place at Chapter Two Brewing Company at 7:00 p.m. We’ll have readings by a number of great PQL authors, including Phil Hall, whose book The Essential Eugene McNamara, will make its debut. We’re also stoked to have Karl Jirgens, reading from his excellent collection of short stories The Razor’s Edge, as well as D. A. Lockhart, reading from his own book of stories, Breaking Right. Rounding out the event will be Anne Baldo, who will be reading a sneak peek from her debut story collection, Morse Code for Romantics, which is forthcoming in a few months.

PQL Books & Brews Bash, featuring Anne Baldo, Phil Hall, Karl Jirgens, D.A. Lockhart

To make sure we have a good turnout, we’re hoping you can help spread the word. In exchange for your good deed, we’ll be giving away copies of the eBook version of The Essential Eugene McNamara to all who give us a boost.

How to get your free eBook:

1. Log in to the form below using email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

2. Visit our event page on Facebook, and share the event, or tweet about the event on Twitter.

3. Log out of the form to submit your entry.

Everyone who submits a valid entry will receive instructions on how to download their free book on November 1.

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Thanks for helping us spread the word about this exciting literary event. If you live in Windsor-Essex County, we hope to see you at Chapter Two on November 1!

Cheers,

Steph


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PQ Weekly Roundup: 21 Oct 2022

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Every Friday, the PQ Weekly Roundup collects the most shared links in our social media network—bookish articles, reviews, quizzes, recommendations and more—in convenient digest form.

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Thanks for stopping by for your dose of literary links this Friday. For those of you in the GTA, we hope you’ll consider stopping by to see Karl Jirgens read from his book The Razor’s Edge at Supermarket!

Happy Friday,

Steph


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Video Trailer + Event: Out of the Dark by Wesley W. Bates

There’s nothing more satisfying than finally being able to celebrate the publication of a long-awaited book. Sometimes we work on books for months or even years before we can share the finished product with the world. And gosh, does it feel good to finally see the fruits of our labour in print! One such book that took a while to germinate is Out of the Dark by Wesley W. Bates.

Why You Want This Book

This book of gorgeously detailed wood engravings provides a retrospective of some of the artist’s work over the last several years. It also features amusing and information-filled anecdotes about each image, providing context and offering a glimpse into the artistic process. Plus, it is printed on Zephyr Antique Laid paper with Smyth-sewn bindings and hand-tipped endpapers, making it an excellent artisanal gift for yourself or the book lover in your life.

Watch the Video Trailer

Get a sense of the book, and catch a glimpse of the artist’s studio in this video teaser trailer:

Attend the Open Studio Event

Still want a closer look at the studio, and maybe more information about Wesley’s artistic process? Have no fear—there’s an upcoming opportunity to do just that.

You’re invited to attend an open studio this November! Art lovers and book arts enthusiasts alike will enjoy demos and refreshments in celebration of Out of the Dark.

Wesley W. Bates Open Studio
Saturday, November 5 & Sunday, November 6
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
15 Elora St. N., Clifford, ON

We hope you’re able to come on out one of those days and learn a bit more about this fascinating art form.

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Many thanks to Jenni Welsh for putting together this fabulous book trailer. We hope it has whetted some of your appetites to come out to the event if you’re in the neighbourhood!

Cheers,

Steph


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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.