Robyn Sarah @ Toronto Reference Library

Toronto Public Library

Governor General's Award-winning poet Robyn Sarah read from her poetry and spoke about her experiences as a writer in an event called "Exchanging Notes" at the Toronto Reference Library. The interview took place on March 23.

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hinton Learning Theatre, 3rd Floor, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Seth's Palookaville @ PAMA

Peel Library Museum and Archives

PAMA hosted an exhibition considering the issue of self-identity in the artistic practice of graphic novelist Seth. The exhibition shared its roots with Tom Smart's recent monograph Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography.

When: Monday, February 6, 2017 - Sunday, March 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Where: Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, 9 Wellington St. E., Brampton, ON

For more information, visit the PAMA website.

JonArno Lawson @ UBC


JonArno Lawson visited the students of the Masters of Arts in Children's Literature program at UBC to talk about his latest collection of poetry for children, The Hobo's Crowbar.

When: Monday, March 13, 2017, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Multipurpose Room # 2012, Ponderosa Commons Oak House, UBC, Vancouver, BC

Tony Calzetta @ Welland Museum

Welland Museum

Tony Calzetta, the artist behind the wacky and wonderful artwork of Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices exhibited his work alongside that of Quill friend Gabrielle de Montmollin at the Welland Museum. The show featured large works on canvas, drawings, photographs, prints and more!

When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: The Welland Museum, 140 King St., Welland, ON

The Grand River Concert in Kitchener

The Grand River

The Nota Bene Baroque Players put on a spectacular presentation based on The Grand River. Marianne Brandis read alongside wood engravings by Gerard Brender à Brandis and music by the Nota Bene Baroque Players. It was a treat for all the senses!

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Where: St. John the Evangelist Church, 23 Water St. N., Kitchener, ON

Learn more about this event at the Nota Bene Baroque Players website.

R. Murray Schafer's Odditorium


R. Murray Schafer, author of My Life on Earth and Elsewhere is known for his inventive musical compositions. Audiences experienced selections from his Patria cycle at Soundstreams's production, Odditorium.

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Sunday, March 5, 2017
Where: Crow's Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave., Toronto, ON

Learn more about this event at the Soundstreams website.

Tom Smart @ U of T

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto held a symposium on the work of the graphic novelist Seth. Entitled "Making History: The Cartoon Worlds of Seth," the event featured Seth in conversation with fellow cartoonist Michael DeForge. Also making an appearance at the symposium was Tom Smart, author of Palookaville: Seth and the Art of Graphic Autobiography, who gave a short talk.

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Room JH 100, Jackman Humanities Building, University of Toronto, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON

For more information, visit the Events Page.

Bruce Meyer in Windsor

Storytellers Book Store

Bruce Meyer was in Windsor talk about his fascinating book, Portraits of Canadian Writers. Thank you to Storytellers Book Store hosting the evening filled with beautiful and iconic photographs of CanLit legends and a variety of anecdotes that reveal authors’ personality, creativity and humour.

When: Friday, March 3, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Storytellers Book Store, 1473 Ottawa St., Windsor, ON

Learn more at the event Facebook Page.

Tim Inkster on Hunters Bay Radio

Hunters Bay Radio

Our very own Tim Inkster was interviewed on Hunters Bay radio on February 16 to talk about the Porcupine's Quill in the past, present and future. He was featured on 88.7 FM for "Storylines", Christine Cowley's radio show about authors and the writing life. There were a fair few anecdotes to enjoy from PQL's publisher extraordinaire!

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Where: 88.7 FM

The show will be rebroadcast on 91.7 FM Erin Radio and 101.5 FM Mohawk College radio. Stay tuned for details.

Book Launch: The Art of P. K. Irwin

Algonquin College

The Porcupine's Quill would like to thank all who attend the book launch in celebration of Michèle Rackham Hall's The Art of P. K. Irwin. The event took place at the Algonquin College Performing Arts Studio and featured a reading and signing by the author in addition to a performance based on P. K. Irwin's art and poetry by students of the Algonquin College Performing Arts Program at 12:00 p.m. Light refreshments were provided.

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Algonquin College Performing Arts Studio, Room N112, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, ON

For more information, visit the Centre for event Facebook page.

Leonard Cohen Panel Discussion @ U of T

University of Toronto

This fascinating interdisciplinary panel discussed the ethical dimensions of Leonard Cohen's life and work. Panellists included George Elliott Clarke, Norm Ravvin and Leonardo Augusto Zaibert. Also featured: the Viva! Youth Singers of Toronto performed selections of Cohen's music. This event was great for fans of George A. Walker's The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook.

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: 2nd Floor, Larkin Building, Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON

For more information, visit the Centre for Ethics website.

PQL Author-Artists @ yumart Holiday Salon


Every year, yumart organizes a Holiday Salon to showcase artwork by their gallery artists and a talented crop of guest artists. PQL is very pleased to have published two of the author-artists involved in this year's show: Joe Rosenblatt, author of The Bird in the Stillness, and Tony Calzetta, the artist behind Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: yumart, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite B20, Toronto, ON

Learn more about this event at the yumart website.

Portraits of Canadian Writers Book Launch

Ben McNally Books

Thanks to those who braved the weather to join us at a launch event in celebration of Bruce Meyer's Portraits of Canadian Writers. Many friendly faces stopped by McNally Books on December 15th to pick up this handsome volume, and to get it signed by the author.

When: Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St., Toronto, ON

Amanda Jernigan @ Rowers Reading Series

Rowers Reading Series

In one spectacular night, the Rowers Reading Series, the Art Bar Poetry Series, and the Best Canadian Poetry Series came together for ... Dead Poets Night! The annual event honours poets who live on through their works. One of the featured readers for this year's reading was Amanda Jernigan, who paid tribute to Richard Outram.

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON

For more information on participants, see the Rowers website.

OCAD U Book Arts Fair

OCAD U Book Arts Fair

We here at the Porcupine's Quill had a blast at the 32nd annual OCAD U Book Arts Fair. What a fantastic event! Great to see you all, and see you next year.

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: OCAD U Great Hall, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, ON

Jarrett Heckbert Launches Metamorphadox

James Street Bookseller

Jarrett Heckbert launched his wordless novel, Metamorphadox at the James Street Bookseller and Gallery in Hamilton. The talented young artist signed books and was available to chat about his artwork.

When: Friday, Decempber 9, 2016, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: James Street Bookseller & Gallery, 134 James St. S., Hamilton, ON

Shane Neilson @ Lit Live

Lit Live

On Shaving Off His Face author Shane Neilson participated in the Lit Live Reading Series in Hamilton, Ontario. Thanks to all who stopped by to see Shane!

When: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Staircase Café and Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton, ON

You can learn more about the reading series at the Lit Live website.

Jim Johnstone @ Type Books

Type Books

Jim Johnstone, volume editor of The Essential D. G. Jones read a selection of Jones's verses at Type books on November 28. The event was held in celebration of D. S. Stymeist’s debut The Bone Weir and also featured a reading by Nyla Matuk.

When: Monday, November 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Type Books, 883 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

More info on the event here.

Bob Bossin @ the Jewish Book Festival

Davy the Punk

Bob Bossin entertained audiences with The Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk at the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival on November 27. Lucky fans learned about the fascinating and outrageous life of one of the historic figures of Toronto's underground in the 1930s and 40s.

When: Sunday, November 27, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: White Rock South Surrey JCC, #32, 3033 King George Blvd., Surrey, BC

For more information, visit the Jewish Book Festival website.

Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market

Meet the Presses

The Porcupine's Quill was pleased to attend the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market once again this year. The event provided the opportunity for readers to meet indie publishers in the flesh and purchase publications that might not be easy to find in big box retailers. The event took place at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre in Toronto.

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

Shane Neilson @ Words Fest London

Words Fest

On Shaving Off His Face author Shane Neilson took part in this years Words Fest in London. He participated in a reading and dialogue along with Madhur Anand and moderator Joel Faflak.

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016, 2:15 p.m.
Where: Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N., London, ON

For more information, visit the Words Fest website.

Niki Koulouris @ Art Bar

Art Bar

The sea with no one in it author Niki Koulouris read as part of the Art Bar Poetry reading series on November 1. She was joined by fellow poets Tom Hamilton and Rudy Fearon. Stanly Fefferman hosted.

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Free Times Cafe, 320 College St., Toronto, ON

For more information, visit the Art Bar website.

The Grand River @ Carnegie Gallery

Carnegie Gallery

The original wood engravings that appear in The Grand River were on display at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas October 7 to 31. Gerard Brender à Brandis and Marianne Brandis were on hand during the opening reception on October 7 to sign copies of their book.

When: Friday, October 7, 2016 - Monday, October 31, 2016
Where: Carnegie Gallery, 10 King St. W., Dundas, ON

For more information, visit the Carnegie Gallery website.

Davy the Punk in Princeton, BC

Davy the Punk

Bob Bossin performed The Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk at the Princeton Museum. The show contained great music, a captivating story, and a few laughs.

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Princeton Museum, 167 Vermilion Ave., Princeton, BC

For more information, visit the Princeton Museum website.

The Hobo's Crowbar Book Launch


JonArno Lawson and Alec Dempster launched of the wonderful and whimsical new collection of poetry and wood engravings, The Hobo's Crowbar. The launch included music as well as a book signing by both author and artist at Maizal on October 16.

When: Sunday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Maizal Toronto, 133 Jefferson Ave, Toronto, ON

For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Shane Neilson and Jim Johnstone in Halifax

Saint Mary's Reading Series

Shane Neilson and Jim Johnstone stopped in Halifax to take part in the Saint Mary's University Reading Series. They read from On Shaving Off His Face and The Essential D. G. Jones.

When: Monday, October 3, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Where: LPatrick Power Library, Saint Mary's University, 923 Robie St., Halifax, NS

Shane Neilson and Jim Johnstone in Lunenburg

South Shore Public Library

Shane Neilson (On Shaving Off His Face) and Jim Johnstone (The Essential D. G. Jones) were in Lunenburg to read from their work and to talk about their craft.

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Lunenburg Library, 19 Pelham St, Lunenburg, NS

For more information, visit the South Shore Public Libraries website.

Bruce Meyer @ Fog Lit Festival

Fog Lit Festival

Bruce Meyer joined the fun at this year's Fog Lit Festival in Saint John, New Brunswick. He read alongside Clyde Wray and Sandra Bell as well as musical guest Leo LaFleur.

When: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Saint John Free Public Library, 1, Market Sq., Saint John, N.B.

For more information, visit the Fog Lit website.

Shane Neilson & Jim Johnstone @ Confederation Centre Public Library

Confederation Centre Public Library

Shane Neilson and Jim Johnstone hit the road for an east coast reading tour. They stopped at the Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown to read from On Shaving Off His Face and The Essential D. G. Jones respectively.

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Confederation Centre Public Library, 145 Richmond St., Charlottetown, PE

Joe Rosenblatt @ Fat Oyster Reading Series

Fat Oyster Reading Series

Joe Rosenblatt read from his lovely and thought-provoking book of poetry, The Bird in the Stillness, as part of the Oyster Bay Reading Series at Fanny Bay Hall. Also featured were Kelly Madden (Rabbit Punch) and Fred Stenson (Who By Fire).

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fanny Bay Hall, 7793 Island Highway, Fanny Bay, BC

For more information, visit the Fat Oyster Facebook page.

PQL @ Word on the Street Toronto

Word on the Street

The Porucpine's Quill was pleased to attend the fabulous Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival in Toronto. Thanks to all who visited us at Harbourfront Centre to check out our wares and to bask in the book-fuelled atmosphere.

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON

Read more information about the event on the Word on the Street website.

Joe Rosenblatt @ Word on the Street Saskatoon

Word on the Street Saskatoon

The Bird in the Stillness author Joe Rosenblatt was on the roster for this year's Word on the Street Saskatoon. He took part in "Sonnets, Mothers and Others" a presentation in which "two poets confront monumental forces in the universe while juggling metaphorical grenades without blindfolds." The event also featured poet Allan Safarik (Famous Roadkill) and was followed by a book signing.

When: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Odyssey Tent, 23rd St. E and 4th Ave. N, Saskatoon, SK

For more on this year's event, check out the Word on the Street Saskatoon website.

JonArno Lawson @ Children's Books Ireland International Conference

Children's Books Ireland International Conference

PQL friend JonArno Lawson visited the Emerald Isle for the 2016 Children's Books Ireland International Conference. He spoke about collaboration with illustrator Sydney Smith for his book Sidewalk Flowers (Groundwood, 2015). You may recall he has also collaborated with Alec Dempster for a couple of books with PQL ... namely Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box and the upcoming collection, The Hobo's Crowbar.

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7, IE

For more on the conference, visit the Children's Books Ireland Facebook page.

Joe Rosenblatt @ Discovery Coffee

Discovery Coffee

The artwork of Joe Rosenblatt (of The Bird in the Stillness fame) was on display at Discovery Coffee’s Oak Bay location on September 1st. The exhibition, called "An INSIDE VIEW: Visions and Dreamscapes", also featured the work of Robert Kinnard.

When: Thursday, September 1, 2016
Where: Discovery Coffee, Oak Bay Location, 1964 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria, BC

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.

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