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The Porcupine's Quill is an artisanal publisher that values the art and craft of the book, both in content and in form. Our mandate is to preserve the culture of the printed word by using our expertise in the art of 20th-century offset printing technology to create quality books that look and feel like 19th-century letterpress products. We also specialize in Canadian art and design, book history, memoirs and selectively acquired collections of poetry and fiction from edgy new authors as well as pillars of the canon.

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NEW! UPCOMING FALL 2014 RELEASES.

Bitter Lake Bitter Lake
Marika Deliyannides
ISBN 978-0-88984-374-5
The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook
George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-375-2
Every Minute Is a Suicide Every Minute Is a Suicide
Bruce McDougall
ISBN 978-0-88984-377-6
The Essential Anne Wilkinson The Essential Anne Wilkinson
selected by Ingrid Ruthig
ISBN 978-0-88984-376-9
Sweet Lechery Sweet Lechery
Jeet Heer
ISBN 978-0-88984-378-3

SPRING 2014 RELEASES.

Davy the Punk Davy the Punk
Bob Bossin
ISBN 978-0-88984-369-1
Vittoria Colonna Vittoria Colonna
Jan Zwicky and Robert Moody
ISBN 978-0-88984-370-7
Never More Together Never More Together
Steven McCabe
ISBN 978-0-88984-371-4
The Seasons The Seasons
Bruce Meyer
ISBN 978-0-88984-372-1
The Essential Earle Birney The Essential Earle Birney
selected by Jim Johnstone
ISBN 978-0-88984-373-8

FALL 2013 RELEASES.


The Life and Times of Conrad Black The Life and Times of Conrad Black
George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-365-3
Slack Action Slack Action
Jeffery Donaldson
ISBN 978-0-88984-367-7
The sea with no one in it The sea with no one in it
Niki Koulouris
ISBN 978-0-88984-363-9
Changing Channels Changing Channels
Peter S. Grant
ISBN 978-0-88984-366-0
The Pigheaded Soul The Pigheaded Soul
Jason Guriel
ISBN 978-0-88984-368-4
Mexican Journal Mexican Journal
P. K. Page
ISBN 978-0-88984-364-6

SPRING 2013 RELEASES.


The Emblems of James Reaney The Emblems of James Reaney
Thomas Gerry
ISBN 978-0-88984-358-5
The April Poems The April Poems
Leon Rooke
ISBN 978-0-88984-359-2
Loteria Jarohca Lotería Jarocha
Alec Dempster
ISBN 978-0-88984-362-2
Love, and all that jazz Love, and all that jazz
Laurie Lewis
ISBN 978-0-88984-361-5
Jack Chambers' Red and Green Jack Chambers’ Red and Green
Tom Smart
ISBN 978-0-88984-360-8

THE WORDLESS NOVEL SERIES.

Edited by wood engraver George A. Walker, these wordless novels are created using 19th century printmaking techniques (linocut and wood engraving) to create visual narratives which are then scanned and published in a format that uses 20th century offset printing technology. This is contemporary work, though often sharing in the themes of social injustice, which are central to the classics of the genre created by the likes of Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward.

 

Let That Bad Air Out Let That Bad Air Out
Stefan Berg
ISBN 978-0-88984-296-0
Back + Forth Back + Forth
Marta Chudolinska
ISBN 978-0-88984-313-4
Wanderlust Wanderlust
Megan Speers
ISBN 978-0-88984-329-5
Book of Hours Book of Hours
George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-335-6
The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson
George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-348-6
The Life and Times of Conrad Black The Life and Times of Conrad Black
George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-365-3
The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook
George A. Walker
ISBN 978-0-88984-375-2

THE ESSENTIAL POETS SERIES.

‘The Porcupine’s Quill’s series of Essential collections—to date it includes [Margaret] Avison, Don Coles, George Johnston, Kenneth Leslie, Richard Outram, P. K. Page, and James Reaney—is a valuable part of the critical conversation about the shape and scope of poets’ oeuvres and of Canadian poetic history. The collections also present an implicit challenge to critics: balancing comprehensive accounts of large bodies of work with careful attention to the intricacies of individual poems is a perpetual test.’

—Nicholas Bradley, Canadian Literature

 

The Essential George Johnston Essential George
Johnston, The

selected by Robyn Sarah
ISBN 978-0-88984-299-1
The Essential P K Page Essential P. K.
Page, The

selected by Arlene Lampert and Théa Gray
ISBN 0-88984-308-2
The Essential Don Coles Essential Don
Coles, The

selected by Robyn Sarah
ISBN 978-0-88984-312-7
The Essential James Reaney Essential James
Reaney, The

selected by Brian Bartlett
ISBN 0-88984-319-8
The Essential Kenneth Leslie Essential Kenneth
Leslie, The

selected by Zachariah Wells
ISBN 978-0-88984-328-8
The Essential Margaret Avison Essential Margaret
Avison, The

selected by Robyn Sarah
ISBN 978-0-88984-333-2
The Essential Richard Outram Essential Richard
Outram, The

selected by Amanda Jernigan
ISBN 978-0-88984-338-7
The Essential Robert Gibbs Essential Robert
Gibbs, The

selected by Brian Bartlet
ISBN 978-0-88984-349-3
The Essential Tom Marshall Essential Tom
Marshall, The

selected by David Helwig
and Michael Ondaatje
ISBN 978-0-88984-353-0
The Essential Earle Birney Essential Earle Birney, The
selected by Jim Johnstone
ISBN 978-0-88984-373-8
The Essential Anne Wilkinson The Essential Anne Wilkinson
selected by Ingrid Ruthig
ISBN 978-0-88984-376-9

 

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Many thanks to Richard Clewes at Clique Communications for the re-branding programme that will roll out incrementally over the coming months.

 

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To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

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.

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