15 January 2014
Gov't shows support for fine books
ERIN, ON—Literary press Porcupine's Quill is receiving $17,060 in government funding to support its book printing work. The announcement was made Jan. 10 by MP Michael Chong.

"Porcupine's Quill is recognized internationally for its outstanding works, and our Government is committed to helping this publisher continue offering a great diversity of Canadian books on the world market," Chong said in a statement.

Porcupine's Quill specializes in artisanal book printing

The funding was made possible by the Canada Book Fund's 'Support for Publishers' program. Through the Canada Book Fund, the Department of Canadian Heritage doles out $36.7 million each year to upwards of 300 book publishers and organizations.

Tim Inkster, owner and publisher at Porcupine's Quill, said the support "is particularly critical at this juncture as we struggle with the challenge of monetizing the new digital opportunities for our distinctive Canadian content."

The company started as the production arm of publisher Dave Godfrey’s Press Porcépic, and was incorporated in 1974. Regarded for using modern offset tech to hand-make products with a 19th century letterpress look, its setup includes a Heidelberg Kord and a 1905 model Smyth National book sewing machine.
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