Shane Neilson @ Leacock Summer Festival Poetry Night

Leacock Summer Festival

Dysphoria author Shane Neilson took part in the Leacock Summer Festival's annual Poetry Night. He was joined by Antonio Michael Downing A.K.A. John Orpheus for a fabulous evening full of verse.

When: Sunday, July 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Leacock Museum National Historic Site, 50 Museum Dr., Orillia, ON
Tickets: $20

For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

PQL @ Detroit Bookfest

Detroit Bookfest

Another year another great Detroit Bookfest! Eastern Market was packed once again for a huge celebration of books and reading, sponsored by the Book Club of Detroit. Thanks to the organizers and all the attendees who made it a great event!

When: Sunday, July 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Sheds 5 and 6, Eastern Market, 2934 Russel St., Detroit, MI

For more information, visit the Detroit Bookfest website.

Margaret Gracie on Hunters Bay Radio's "Storylines"

Hunters Bay Radio

Plastic author Margaret Gracie was interviewed by "Storylines" host Christine Cowley on Hunters Bay Radio. She gave some great insight into the process of writing a collection of linked short stories, and talked about what's up next for her writing.

Listen online to the podcast here!

When: Saturday, July 14, 8:00 a.m. or Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 11:00 p.m.
Where: 88.7 FM (Huntsville) or

PQL @ Hamilton Zineposium

Hamilton Zineposium

The Porcupine's Quill was pleased to have a table at the 2018 Zineposium at The Spice Factory in Hamilton. The event featured "wonky art objects of all kinds" as well as our unique and lovely books. It was great to meet all the other vendors and of course talk to those who came to browse the wares!

When: Sunday, July 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson St. N., Hamilton, ON

For more information, visit the Zineposium website.

Book Launch: The Rising Tide @ Pressed


Thanks to everyone who attended the launch of Mark Frutkin's new novel, The Rising Tide. We had a lovely showing at Pressed in Ottawa for the Trillium Book Award-winning author. Many thanks to Barbara Sibbald for her lovely introduction of Mark and his work, and to Perfect Books for managing book sales.

When: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON

Book Launch: Jan in 35 Pieces @ Canadian Music Centre

Canadian Music Centre

Double the fun! A second launch for Ian Hampton's Jan in 35 Pieces was held at the Canadian Music Centre in Vancouver on Saturda, June 23, in the afternoon. Shout out to all the fans who made it to both launch events.

When: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Canadian Music Centre, 837 Davie St., Vancouver, BC

Book Launch: Jan in 35 Pieces @ Langley Community Music School

Langley Community Music School

We celebrated the publication of Ian Hampton's memoir in music, Jan in 35 Pieces with a book launch at the Langley Community Music School. Books were available for purchase during this evening event, and there was also a reading and signing. A wonderful time was had by all!

When: Friday, June 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Langley Community Music School, 4899 207 St., Langley, BC

PQL @ Printers Row Lit Fest

Printers Row

The Porcupine's Quill had a table once again at this year's Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago, Illinois. It was downright rainy, but thanks to all who braved the weather and stopped by table 226 on Dearborn Street to pick up some of our fantastic books.

When: June 9-10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: S. Dearborn St. between W. Harrison and W. Polk, Chicago, IL, USA

For more information, visit the Printers Row Lit Fest website.

PQL @ BookExpo


BookExpo is always full of information-packed sessions and interesting exhibitors, so it's no wonder that we enjoyed the massive trade show once again this year. While we didn't have a table, we had a great time speaking to attendees about upcoming books, helpful publishing services and cool marketing ideas.

When: May 30 - June 1, 2018
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th St., New York, NY, USA

For more information, visit the BookExpo website.

Shane Neilson @ The Bookshelf

The Bookshelf

Shane Neilson read from his book Dysphoria at The Bookshelf in Guelph. He joined fellow author Ronna Bloom (The More). The event was free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St., Guelph, ON

Tony Calzetta @ yumart

yumart Gallery

Tony Calzetta, the artist behind the wacky and wonderful Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices showed his new artwork in a new exhibition called "Sophisticated Scribbles and Stories, Grim and Grin" at yumart.

When: Saturday, May 5 - Saturday, May 26, 2018
Opening Receiption: Saturday, May 5, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: yumart, 401 Richmond St. W. (lower concourse), Toronto, ON

PQL @ 40th Annual Grimsby Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair

Grimsby Wayzgoose

Once again, we were in Grimsby on the last Saturday in April for the 40th annual Grimsby Wayzgoose. PQL joined printers, bookbinders, papermakers and other book arts enthusiasts at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery for the fun one-day event.

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, ON

For more information, visit the Wayzgoose webpage.

Click the image above to see exhibitor locations at the 2018 Wayzgoose.

Celebrating Margaret Avison's Centenary

St. Thomas Poetry Series

PQL and the St. Thomas Poetry Series in celebrated the centenary of Margaret Avison on April 19 at St. Thomas's Church in Toronto. The beloved poet of Always Now and I Am Here and Not Not-There would have been 100 years old on April 23.

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Parish Hall, St. Thomas's Church, 382 Huron St., Toronto

Shane Neilson @ 10th Annual Battle of the Bards

Poetry Now

Shane Neilson joined nineteen other poets in the International Festival of Authors' 10th annual Battle of the Bards event, sponsored by Poetry NOW. Congratulations to the winner of the evening, Paul Vermeersch!

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

Find out more about the Battle of the Bards at the IFOA website.

John Reibetanz and Jeffery Donaldson on Hunters Bay Radio's "Storylines"

Hunters Bay Radio

John Reibetanz and Jeffery Donaldson were featured on Hunters Bay Radio's "Storylines" to discuss The Essential John Reibetanz with host Christine Cowley. If you missed the interview, don't worry. You can catch the whole thing here.

When: Saturday, March 24, 8:00 a.m. or Wednesday, March 28, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Where: 88.7 FM (Huntsville) or

PQL @ AWP Bookfair

AWP Bookfair

The Porcupine's Quill had a table at the 2018 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Bookfair in Tampa, Florida. Thanks to all who stopped by to learn about our latest publication—and to purchase a few!

When: Thursday, March 8 - Saturday, March 10, 2018
Where: Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL, USA

Barbara Sibbald on CFMU 93.3's "Get Lit"

Get Lit

Barbara Sibblad, author of the wonderful collection of short stories The Museum of Possibilities, spoke to Jamie Tennant on his radio/podcast, "Get Lit". Listen to the podcast online here.

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
Where: 93.3 FM (Hamilton) or

Joe Rosenblatt and Leon Rooke @ yumart Holiday Salon


There was tons of opportunity to enjoy culture this holiday season! The visual art of Quill friends Joe Rosenblatt (The Bird in the Stillness) and Leon Rooke (The April Poems) were displayed at yumart’s 5th Annual Holiday Salon. The exhibition ran December 2 to 23.

When: Saturday, December 2 - Saturday, December 23, 2017
Where: yumart, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite B20, Toronto, ON

For details and hours, visit the yumart website.

Tom Smart and James Simon Mishibinijima on Hunters Bay Radio's "Storylines"

Hunters Bay Radio

Tom Smart and James Simon Mishibinijima were featured on Hunters Bay Radio to discuss Pictographs with "Storylines" host Christine Cowley. The two shared some interesting insights into the making of this unique and beautiful book.

When: Saturday, December 9, 8:00 a.m. or Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Where: 88.7 FM (Huntsville) or

Shane Neilson @ knife | fork | book reading

knife fork book

Shane Neilson participated in a knife | fork | book reading on December 7 in Toronto. He joined Chris Banks, Cornelia Hoogland, and Jim Johnstone for the event.

When: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Orbital Arts Gallery, 275 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON

PQL @ Book Arts Fair

Arts and Letters Club

It was a pleasure to see everyone at the Bound Book Arts Fair! The wonderful event at the Arts and Letters Club featured a curated selection of vendors selling beautiful books and prints. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Where: The Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm St., Toronto, ON

Bookmark for Sailor Girl

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at 10:45 am Project Bookmark Canada unveiled a Bookmark for Sheree-Lee Olson's debut novel Sailor Girl.

The Bookmark is positioned at Lock 8 on the Welland Canal in Port Colborne. Author Sheree-Lee Olson and Port Colborne Mayor Vance Badawey were both in attendence.

For more information of Project Bookmark Canada, check out their website here.

Check out the news story on The Source here.

Bookmark for Sailor Girl

Miranda Hill, executive director of Project Bookmark Canada with Sheree-Lee Olson and Mayor Vance Badawey.


May 15 2009: Rideau Hall

Tim and Elke at Rideau Hall.

Tim and Elke Inkster at Rideau Hall, 15 May, 2009.

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.