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Balancing Act: On Luck in Rerouted and Breaking Right

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so we’re all hearing a lot about the “luck of the Irish” this week. It’s been making me think about books in which luck (fate, happenstance, destiny, fortune or what have you) appears to be an … Continue reading

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New Year … Old You? And Other News For January at PQL

It happens every year. The holiday décor still graces homes around the country, but stores have already pivoted to exhortations of newness. If you haven’t received an email or noticed a flyer or caught sight of a sign with the words “New Year, New You”, I’ll eat my driest, least appetizing book. Continue reading

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Wait an Apple-Picking Minute, or, News for October at PQL

I have distinct memories of going as a child to one or another of the several orchards in the area and being taught how to identify the apples ripe for picking, and how to gently detach them from the trees. It strikes me now that the whole exercise was more than just a method of procuring the apples that would inevitably be baked into my mom’s delicious apple pie or apple crisp. The lessons learned on an apple picking expedition are applicable to a wide range of tasks, even, I like to think, book publishing. Continue reading

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Editorial Musings of a Botanical Nature

I was gifted a large flower planter two weeks ago. Absolutely gorgeous. Undoubtedly expensive. Elegant clusters of tiny white blooms cascading down the sides, an abundance of vibrant purple blooms adding pops of colour, handsome two-toned foliage to fill in … Continue reading

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Bon Appétit: Recipe for the Perfect Book (Or at Least an Entertaining One)

I should start off with a warning: I’m a pretty pitiful cook. It’s my own fault really—I can’t be bothered to follow recipes. I have strong opinions about which ingredients to use, and while I’m open to a very wide … Continue reading

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Oh the Humanity! Or, News for March at PQL

It’s maybe not much of a surprise that we’ve more reason than ever to think about humanity. The current Covid pandemic’s colour-coded response framework sees regional restrictions fluctuate every other week, and the slow progress of vaccination efforts emphasizes the … Continue reading

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