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Denial Ain’t Just a River in Egypt, and Other News for October at PQL

I’d like to deny that the Crazy Book Season That Was Foretold has arrived. People triple-booked with virtual launches? No way. I don’t believe a word. Reading lists expanding at an exponential rate? I’m not having a bit of it. Likewise, I categorically refuse to believe that Spring 2021 deadlines are approaching, and that the editorial projects that keep getting pushed back are coming up due very soon. And nuh uh, no way is it time to start thinking of next fall. Continue reading

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Taking a (Literary) Mulligan: In Praise of the Editorial Second Chance and Other News for September at PQL

Many authors consider their manuscript to be their literary baby—understandably so—and if there’s one thing all functional humans should know by now it’s that you never, ever tell a person their baby is ugly. Continue reading

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Well Worth the Wait, or, News for August at the Porcupine’s Quill

There is a feeling of satisfaction in finally achieving a goal that doesn’t come easily. But some things–like books–are worth the wait. Continue reading

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In Which the Porcupette Advocates the Improvement of the Mind by Extensive Reading, and other News for June at PQL

As I write this morning, the sun is streaming through my office windows, accompanied by the intermittent lilt of birdsong, but to this quiet suburban landscape, one must add the occasional belching bruit of massive flatbed trucks. This spring has seen an unprecedented number of the beasts, carrying top soil, mulch, lumber and sundry building supplies down the narrow streets of my quiet neighbourhood, no doubt for the betterment of nearby yards, and I am reminded of the promise of spring as a time of improvement. Continue reading

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Critical Cinematography for Fun and Profit, or, News for May at the Porcupine’s Quill

As you know, I have a deep and abiding love for stories of all sorts, and while my preferred way to consume said stories is (unsurprisingly) book format, I’m not too proud to admit that I am also be a fan of screen-based storytelling. At the best of times, I’m an indifferent TV-watcher, but these are most assuredly not the best of times, so I have been more frequently availing myself of the old boob tube of an evening. (Mostly to watch really mindless British reality TV I shamelessly call “crap telly”. Don’t judge me.) Continue reading

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Punching through the Existential Dread with the Power of Poetry, or, News for April at the Porcupine’s Quill

If I’m going to be homebound for the foreseeable future, I might as well be productive, and what better way to be productive during a pandemic than to self-isolate with a book or ten? I’m mildly surprised that I haven’t … Continue reading

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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.