Barbara Sibbald @ Ben McNally Books

Ben McNally Books

Fresh off her reading in Kingston, Barbara Sibbald joined Diane Schoemperlen and Terry Griggs at Ben McNally Books in Toronto. Barbara read from her new collection of stories, The Museum of Possibilities.

When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St. Toronto, ON

Shane Neilson @ The Bookshelf


Shane Neilson visited The Bookshelf in Guelph to read from his collection Dysphoria. Also on hand were Daniel Coleman, who read from his book, Yardwork

When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St., Guelph, ON

Find out more on the event Facebook page.


American Library Association

PQL attended this year's American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. It was lovely to meet so many librarians and publishers in the Windy City!

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Monday, June 26, 2017
Where: McCormick Place, West Building, 2301 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL, USA

Barbara Sibbald @ Perfect Books

Perfect Books

Barbara Sibbald was at Perfect Books in Ottawa on Sunday, June 25 for a signing of her book, The Museum of Possibilities. Thanks to all who stopped by to pick up a copy, chat with the author, and get their books signed!

When: Sunday, June 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Perfect Books, 258 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

Margaret Gracie @ Victoria Public Library

Victoria Library

Congratulations to Margaret Gracie, who successfully launched her debut collection of stories, Plastic. Shout out to the Central Library for organizing the reading and signing of this powerful book on motherhood, perfection and the American Dream.

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Community Room, Victoria Central Library, 735 Broughton St., Victoria, BC

Barbara Sibbald @ Novel Idea

Novel Idea

The Museum of Possibilities author Barbara Sibbald read at the fabulous Kingston bookstore, Novel Idea. She was joined by fellow writers Diane Schoemperlen (First Things First) and Terry Griggs (The Discovery of Honey) for an evening of fantastic fiction.

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Novel Idea, 156 Princess St., Kingston, ON

PQL @ Printers Row Lit Fest

Printers Row Lit Fest

The Porcupine's Quill had a table at this year's Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago. Billed as one of the largest free outdoor events in the Midwest, Printers Row drew over 125,000 book lovers over the course of two days. We had a great time in the lively exhibitor showcase. Thanks to all who stopped by to see us at table 301!

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, - Sunday, June 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Printers Row neighbourhood, South Dearborn St. from Harrison to Polk, around the Harold Washington Library Center and Jones College Prep High School, Chicago, IL, USA

PQL @ BookExpo


This year's BookExpo was a great success, full of information-packed sessions and interesting exhibitors. Thanks to all who took the time to speak to us about upcoming books, helpful publishing services and cool marketing ideas. Can't wait for next year's event!

When: Wednesday, May 29 - Friday, June 2, 2017
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th St., New York, NY, USA

Images from the Neocerebellum @ Craft Ontario

Craft Ontario

Wood engraver George A. Walker re-launched his book, Images from the Neocerebellum at Craft Ontario in Toronto. Thanks to all who came by to celebrate this one-of-a-kind book!

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON

Fabulous Fictions @ the Grimsby Public Art Gallery

Grimsby Public Art Gallery

Leon Rooke and Tony Calzetta's Fabulous Fictions & Peculiar Practices was on display at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. The event featured the spectacular original, limited edition artists' book that truly demonstrates the marriage of text and image.

When: Saturday, April 1, 2017 - Friday, May 21, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Artist's Talk: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m. Where: Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, ON

For more information, visit the Grimsby Public Art Gallery website.

PQL Author-Artists @ Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Toronto Comic Arts Festival

PQL artists again manned a table at this year's Toronto Comic Arts Festival. George A. Walker (Trudeau: La Vie en Rose), Steven McCabe (Never More Together) and Marta Chudolinska (Back + Forth) displayed their work at this annual celebration of comics, graphic novels and their creators.

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and - Sunday, May 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Learn more about this event at the TCAF website.

Barbara Sibbald on Hunters Bay Radio

Hunters Bay Radio

Many thanks to those who tuned in to 88.7 FM Hunters Bay Radio as Barbara Sibbald spoke with Christine Cowley on "Storylines". Barbara chatted about her story collection The Museum of Possibilities.

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Where: 88.7 FM

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

Shane Neilson @ Belljar Cafe

Belljar Cafe

We're very proud to say that Shane Neilson launched his poetry collection Dysphoria in Toronto. The event was part of Common Readings at the Belljar Café, and featured special guest Molly Peacock. Sales of Dysphoria at this event were donated to the Guelph branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

When: Monday, May 1, 2017, 8:00 p.m. (doors open)
Where: Belljar Café, 2072 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON

Find out more on the event Facebook page.

Shane Neilson @ McNally Robinson Winnipeg

McNally Robinson Winnipeg

Shane Neilson launched his poetry collection Dysphoria in Winnipeg at McNally Robinson. The event was co-produced with McNally Robinson and Contemporary Verse 2, and featured guest readers Maurice Mierau and Lori Cayer.

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Atrium, McNally Robinson Grant Park, 1120 Grant Ave., Winnipeg, MB

Find out more at the McNally Robinson website.

PQL @ the Grimsby Wayzgoose

Grimsby Wayzgoose

We were happy to be back in Grimsby on the last Saturday in April for the 39th annual Grimsby Wayzgoose. We joined printers, bookbinders, papermakers and other book arts enthusiasts at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery for this fun one-day event. Thanks to all who stopped by the PQL table to say hello and pick up a great new read!

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Grimsby Public Art Gallery, 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, ON

Learn more about this event at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery website.

Shane Neilson @ Pivot Reading Series

Pivot Reading Series

Shane Neilson read from Dysphoria as part of the Pivot Reading Series on April 19. The event also featured readings by Kevin Connolly, Erin Robinsong and Rebecca Rosenblum.

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Steady Café & Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
PWYC (suggested $5)

Find out more at the Pivot Readings website.

Barbara Sibbald @ Pressed

Pressed Ottawa

You're invited to the launch of Barbara Sibbald's collection of short fiction, The Museum of Possibilities. Stop by Pressed in Ottawa for a reading from this fascinating book of short stories, full of delightfully creepy and amusing tales about pivotal moments of intense longing. Be sure to get your copy signed.

When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON

Shane Neilson @ Speakeasy Reading Series

Speakeasy Reading Series

Poet Shane Neilson will be reading from his new book of poetry, Dysphoria as part of the Speakeasy Reading Series. Also reading are Owain Nicholson, Ana Rodriguez Machado and Jowita Bydlowska.

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

See the event Facebook page for more information.

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.

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.