Quill and Quire

Fiction: Short

By Sam Shelstad

Toronto author Sam Shelstad possesses the ability to charm readers with his vivacity, even – perhaps especially – when it comes to characters or situations that might be considered a tad unsavory. The bulk of ... Read More »

November 27, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Cynthia Flood

Two new short-fiction collections – one by a first-time author, the other by a veteran – each examine the life experiences and inner worlds of a range of characters, but in radically different ways. In ... Read More »

October 10, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Jessica Westhead

The anxieties and disillusionments of modern life seem to be at the core of most contemporary short-fiction collections. So it is little surprise that the similarly titled Things Not to Do, by Toronto writer Jessica ... Read More »

September 21, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By David Huebert

Peninsula Sinking opens with a literary punch to the gut. “Enigma,” the first story in the debut collection from Halifax writer David Huebert (who now lives in London, Ontario) was awarded the CBC Short Story ... Read More »

August 30, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Dawn Dumont

Although Glass Beads is billed as a collection of short stories, it works excellently as a panoramic, polyphonic Bildungsroman, following the lives of four Indigenous friends from the early 1990s to the late 2000s. The ... Read More »

June 12, 2017 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Robert Chafe

As an accomplished theatre director and prolific playwright (his stage adaptation of Wayne Johnston’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams plays the National Arts Centre in 2017), Newfoundland’s Robert Chafe has always had a penchant for ... Read More »

November 21, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Short