Ian Hampton @ Ben McNally RBC Taylor Prize Brunch

Ben McNally Books

Ian Hampton participated in this year's Ben McNally RBC Taylor Prize Brunch. Each of the five RBC Taylor Prize-shortlisted authors gave a short talk/presentation following a served brunch.

When: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Vanity Fair Ballroom, The Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. E., Toronto, ON

For more information visit the event listing on Eventbrite.

Ian Hampton @ The Agenda with Steve Paikin


Ian Hampton appeared on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin along with the other four RBC Taylor Prize finalists, where they each spoke about their books.

When: Friday, March 1, 2019, 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Where: TVO (check your local listings)

For more information visit The Agenda's website.

Ian Hampton @ RBC Taylor Prize Finalists in Conversation

Toronto International Festival of Authors

Jan in 35 Pieces author Ian Hampton joined his fellow RBC Taylor Prize-shortlisted authors Bill Gaston (Just Let Me Look at You), Kate Harris (Lands of Lost Borders), Elizabeth Hay (All Things Consoled) and Darrel McLeod (Mamaskatch) for a panel discussion on their works of literary non-fiction. The discussion was moderated by Toronto Star Books Editor Deborah Dundas.

When: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

For more information, visit the Toronto Festival of Authors website.

PQL @ BOUND Book Arts Fair

Bound Book Arts Fair at the Arts and Letters Club

The Porcupine's Quill was pleased to have a spot at the second annual BOUND Book Arts Fair! The venue was fabulous—the beautiful Arts & Letters Club in Toronto—as was the plethora of bookish treats to peruse and purchase.

When: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm St., Toronto, ON

PQL @ Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market

Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market

The Porcupine's Quill was back again at this year's Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. The market gives book lovers an opportunity to meet independent literary presses and magazines buy titles that might not be readily available in stores. Great to see so many people come buy to get a jump on their holiday shopping list!

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

For more information, visit the Meet the Presses website.

Overtime Book Launch @ Button Factory Arts

Button Factory Arts

The Porcupine's Quill is pleased to have celebrated the successful launch of Overtime by Karl Kessler and Sunshine Chen. The book explores the disappearing trades, practices and cultural traditions of the Waterloo Region of Ontario through interviews and brilliant photographs. We are glad so many of you came to Button Factory Arts on November 8th for a celebration of this fascinating book. Special thanks to Words Worth Books for handling book sales!

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S., Waterloo, ON

Mark Frutkin @ Different Drummer Books

Different Drummer Books

PQL author Mark Frutkin read from his latest book, The Rising Tide, in Burlington on Friday, October 26. He was joined by fellow author Gabriella Goliger.

When: Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Where: A Different Drummer Books, 513 Locust Street, Burlington, ON

Jeffery Donaldson and Shane Neilson @ McMaster Centre for Continuing Education

McMaster Centre for Continuing Education

Jeffery Donaldson participated in a panel discussion regarding dis/ability. He, along with Ally Fleming and Shane Neilson read from their works and talked about participating in artistic communities as non-neurotypical artists. Fiona Kinsella shared art related to dis/ability in the city and Dusty Micale and the ArtPop Ensemble performed. The event was hosted by Shane Neilson and Paul Lisson as part of CCENA's Long Table Series.

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: McMaster Centre for Continuing Education, 1 James St. N., Hamilton, ON

Richard Teleky @ The Arts and Letters Club

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

Richard Teleky, author of the delightful and insightful book, Ordinary Paradise took part in a "Literary Table" event at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. It was great to catch this talented author in an inspiring artistic setting.

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 12:15 p.m.
Where: The Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm St., Toronto, ON

Mark Frutkin @ Carleton University

Carlton University

Mark Frutkin read from The Rising Tide at Carleton University on October 11. He was joined by Ottawa poet and publisher rob mclennan.

When: Thursday, October 11, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Gordon Wood Lounge (Floor 18 of Dunton Tower), Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON

Jeffery Donaldson and Jim Johnstone @ Lorenzo Reading Series

Lorenzo Reading Series

Fluke Print author Jeffery Donaldson and Quill friend Jim Johnstone wrapped up their readings in New Brunswick with the Lorenzo Reading Series on October 1. Thanks to all who stopped by the Whitebone Lounge at the UNB Saint John Campus to say hi!

When: Monday, October 1, 2018, time TBA
Where: Whitebone Lounge, University of New Brunswick Saint John Campus, Saint John, NB

For more information, visit the Lorenzo Reading Series website.

Gerard Brender à Brandis @ Gallery Stratford

Gallery Stratford

Gerard Brender à Brandis, artist of A Gathering of Flowers from Shakespeare exhibited images from his collection at Gallery Stratford.

When: Friday, July 20, 2018 - Sunday, September 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, July 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Artist's Talk: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:45 a.m.
Where: Gallery Stratford, 54 Romeo St. S., Stratford, ON

For more information, visit the Gallery Stratford website.

Jeffery Donaldson and Wayne Clifford @ UNB Poetry Weekend

UNB Poetry Weekend

Jeffery Donaldson took part in two readings at UNB's annual Poetry Weekend on September 29 and 30. He'll read some poems from his fantastic collection Fluke Print. Wayne Clifford participated as well, with his masterful sonnets from The Exile's Papers They were joined by Quill friend Jim Johnstone.

When: Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, September 30, 2018, times TBA
Where: Memorial Hall, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB

PQL @ Howard Iron Works Print Expo & Fair

Howard Iron Works Print Expo and Fair

What a wonderful day we had at the Howard Iron Works Print Expo & Fair in Oakville! It was a treat to visit the hands-on print museum, check out the live printing and book binding demos and, of course, shop the book arts fair! We were pleased to be there with a selection of PQL titles for your reading pleasure.

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Howard Iron Works Printing Museum, 800 Westgate Rd., Oakville, ON

For more information, visit the Howard Iron Works website.

Shane Neilson, Jeffery Donaldson and Jim Johnstone @ Attic Owl Reading Series

Attic Owl Reading Series

Shane, Jeffery and Jim participated in the Attic Owl Reading Series in Moncton. The event was hosted by Kayla Geitzler and featured a musical guest to keep things fun and interesting!

When: Friday, September 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Café C'est La Vie, 785 Main St., Moncton, NB

Shane Neilson, Jeffery Donaldson and Jim Johnstone @ Petitcodiac Public Library

New Brunswick Public Library

Three talented Quill friends did a small tour together in New Brunswick! Shane Neilson (Dysphoria), Jeffery Donaldson (Fluke Print) and Jim Johnstone (The Essential D. G. Jones) read at the Petitcodiac Public Library on September 28. They will be joined by host Danny Jacobs.

When: Friday, September 28, 2018, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Petitcodiac Public Library 6 Kay Street, Petitcodiac, NB

PQL @ Baltimore Book Festival

Baltimore Book Festival

Porcupette Steph was on hand selling books at the Baltimore Book Festival! The festival, which featuresd readings, signings, workshops, and a ton of exhibitors, ran September 28 to 30 in Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor.

When: Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

For more information, visit the Baltimore Book Festival website.

Lori Cayer @ Thin Air Winnipeg

Thin Air Winnipeg

Lori Cayer read from her poetry collection Mrs Romanov as part of Thin Air, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. She took part in the "Where in the World" event, which dealt with history, geography and the imagination in creative writing along with Caity Curtis & Stephen Sim, Grant Buday, Maria Mutch, Stephen Henighan and Tristan Hughes

When: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Manitoba Theatre for Young People, 2 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg, MB
Admission: Admission $12/$10 pass

For more information, visit the Thin Air website.

PQL @ Word on the Street Toronto

Word on the Street Toronto

The Porcupine's Quill exhibited once again this year at Toronto's Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival. The day featured a full schedules of readings and speakers, plus, tables and tables stocked with wonderful Can Lit. We brought a nice selection of PQL books for your reading pleasure, and were happy to chat with everyone who stopped by table 403.

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON

For more information, visit the Word on the Street website.

Brian Bartlett @ Wordfeast

Word Feast

Brian Bartlett took part in a fascinating event entitled "Poems Past: Reclaiming our lost literary mothers" as part of Word Feast: Fredericton's Literary Festival. Brian discussed the literary legacy of Dorothy Roberts, and read from his selection of her work, The Essential Dorothy Roberts. He also part in a panel discussion on the topic of literary mothers moderated by CBC's Colleen Kitts-Goguen and featuring Sina Queyras.

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Westminster Books, 445 King St., Fredericton, NB

For more information, visit the Word Feast event listing.

Shane Neilson @ Poetry London

Poetry London

Dysphoria author Shane Neilson visited London this September to participate in the monthly Poetry London reading series and workshop. Thanks to all who stopped by for this great event.

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Workshop: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Readings: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Landon Branch Library (downstairs), 167 Wortley Rd., London, ON

For more information, visit the Poetry London website.

Lori Cayer Interviewed on P.I. New Poetry


Lori Cayer took the airwaves by storm when she got interviewed on CKUW 95.9 FM's show "P.I. New Poetry". She talked about her lovely poetry collection Mrs Romanov.

When: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Where: CKUW 95.9 FM, or online on the P.I. New Poetry web page.

Book Launch: Mrs Romanov by Lori Cayer @ McNally Robinson

McNally Robinson

Lori Cayer was at McNally Robinson Grant Park in Winnipeg for the launch of her beautiful book of poetry Mrs Romanov. The well-researched collection delves into the mind of the last Russian tsarina whose life was full of politics, love, and ultimately revolution. The event included a reading and signing, and a stupendous cake!

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Atrium, McNally Robinson Grant Park, 1120 Grant Avenue, Unit 4000, Winnipeg, MB

For more information, visit the McNally Robinson website.

PQL @ Kerrytown Bookfest

Kerrytown Bookfest

We headed on over to Ann Arbor on September 9, to attend the Kerrytown Bookfest. The annual book festival featured author discussions, readings, and a whole slew of exhibitors, from publishers (like PQL!) to artists, booksellers and writing collaboratives. It was a cold, wet day, so we appreciated all those who braved the weather and said hello.

When: Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, MI

For more information, visit the Kerrytown Bookfest website.

Barbara Sibbald @ Rowers Reading Series

Rowers Reading Series

Barbara Sibbald visited Toronto to participate in the Rowers Reading Series. She enjoyed her trip to the Glad Day Bookshop to read from her outstanding book of short stories, The Museum of Possibilities.

When: Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St., Toronto, ON

For more information, visit the Rowers Reading Series website.

Barbara Sibbald @ Lit Live Reading Series

LitLive Hamilton

Barbara Sibbald, author of The Museum of Possibilities read as part of Lit Live Reading Series in Hamilton on September 2. Thanks to all who stopped by the Staircase Theatre to say hello!

When: Sunday, September 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton, ON

For more information, visit the Lit Live website.

Joe Rosenblatt @ yumart


Joe Rosenblatt, author of The Bird in the Stillness showed his artistic side at an exhibition of his work at yumart in Toronto.

When: Saturday, August 4, 2018 - Saturday, August 18, 2018
Where: yumart, 401 Richmond St. W., Lower Concourse, Suite B20, Toronto, ON

For more information, visit the yumart website.

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.

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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