Books published by Porcupines Quill

The Seasons

Porcupines Quill | May 1, 2014 | 128 pages
A collection of tender love poems, The Seasons offers readers a glimpse into the many moments of beauty and promise between a lover and his beloved.  More Info

The Deep

Porcupines Quill | July 20, 2019 | 96 pages
The Deepis a vivid, accomplished tale of twin sisters caught up in the mania that was World War I. The year is 1918. Esther and Ruth, living a life privileged and protected, embark upon a journey to France that will profoundly affect their relationship with each other, those they leave behind and... More Info

Contrary angel

Porcupines Quill | April 1, 2004 | 202 pages
In stories of stark passion and haunting trauma, Contrary Angelfinds an acute clarity in those moments when human desires meet the sorcery of the world. The stories are exuberantly diverse in both subject matter and technique, as evidenced by a few of their titles: 'Urchipelago', 'Karaoke Mon... More Info


Porcupines Quill | May 1, 2010 | 121 pages
In "Wanderlust," Megan Speers introduces us to an unlikely heroine who embraces a decidedly perilous but fiercely-independent life among the punks of the third-largest city in northwestern Ontario in the mid-1990s. Proponents of similar subcultures typically self-identify in any community, so these... More Info

Hot poppies

Porcupines Quill | January 1, 2005 | 91 pages
Everything from her mouth / I wrote down in a blue book.' So begins "Hot Poppies," a collection of poems by Leon Rooke, that grand master of the vocal jag and lyrical roar. Those who know Rooke's fiction -- the Governor General's award-winning novel Shakespeare's Dog, for example -- will expect his... More Info

Most Wanted

Porcupines Quill | January 31, 2005 | 156 pages
The thirteen stories in Vivette J. Kady's "Most Wanted" drop us into domestic landscapes we think we know -- until we are greeted by a cross-dressing pigeon-fancier, a phone-sex worker and a three-legged dog named Duane. "Most Wanted" begins with loss, ends with solace, and strange things happen in... More Info

Summat Else

Porcupines Quill | September 30, 2004 | 169 pages
"Summat Else," Royston Tester's debut collection of short fiction, sketches the life and times of Enoch Jones, too clever and too queer to be a working-class lad from Birmingham, the polluted heart of England's Black Country'. In these linked stories, Tester gives us unforgettable glimpses of... More Info

Brazilian Journal

Porcupines Quill | December 1, 2011 | 304 pages
``How could I have imagined so surrealist and seductive a world? One does not like the heat, yet its constancy, its all-surroundingness, is as fascinating as the smell of musk. Every moment is slow, as if under warm greenish water....' In 1957, Page moved to Brazil with her husband, the Canadian... More Info

A Gathering of Flowers from Shakespeare

Porcupines Quill | May 31, 2006 | 130 pages
In this remarkable volume, one of Canada's most celebrated artists has collaborated with a distinguished professor of English to create a work of art and scholarship both beautiful and informative.Sir Phillip Sydney, one of the earliest of English literary critics, claimed that the purpose of... More Info

Bastardi puri

Porcupines Quill | April 30, 2005 | 87 pages
Walid Bitar's poems read as if transmitted in softly staccato impulses from some remote time-warp in the tenth dimension. They crackle with the static of unique ciphers hurled over huge distances and we don't know at first whether they are entreaties or imprecations. Certain poems threaten, others... More Info