Quill and Quire

Fiction: Short

By Lisa Moore

After millennia of clinging by its fingernails to the edge of North America, Newfoundland is everywhere. It’s on the big screens in The Shipping News and Rare Birds, at the Giller Prize with Michael Crummey’s ... Read More »

January 21, 2004 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Sharon Butala

We’ve grown used to thinking of evil – if we think of it at all – as something monstrous, destruction you can’t wrap your mind around. Evil is the Holocaust, Sept. 11, war in Rwanda. ... Read More »

January 19, 2004 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Jon Papernick

Jon Papernick’s first collection of stories, The Ascent of Eli Israel, is a subtle, chilling, and wistful “celebration” of the war-torn devastation and spiritual stoicism that afflicts modern-day Israel. These stories are raw, yet uncannily ... Read More »

January 9, 2004 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Steven Manners

Steven Manners’ new book of short fiction has little relation to most of CanLit’s current isms, from postmodernism and historicism to transculturalism. The stories read like darker updates of vintage New Yorker fiction, offering opaque, ... Read More »

January 8, 2004 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Carrie Snyder

Short stories, like poems, are often more adept than novels at showcasing tail-ends of thoughts and strange whiffs of emotion. Stories cruise along from moment to moment, bypass or butt up against Meaning, and resist ... Read More »

January 5, 2004 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Clark Blaise

Author Clark Blaise has been publishing short stories for over 30 years, but many of his books have gone out of print. The Porcupine’s Quill deserves high praise for republishing selected stories in four volumes. ... Read More »

January 5, 2004 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Stephen Finucan

Stephen Finucan’s second book of short fiction offers readers a paragraph from Emerson’s Self Reliance as an epigraph. The paragraph includes the famous lines: “Traveling is a fool’s paradise. Our first journeys discover to us ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Kevin Patterson

Country of Cold is the first fiction offering from Kevin Patterson, author of the sailing memoir The Water in Between. The collection’s 13 stories follow the lives of a group of small-town Manitoba graduates as ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Michael Redhill

Michael Redhill’s literary trajectory from poet to playwright to fiction writer is a common enough pattern in this country, but his level of accomplishment is exceptional. Short-listed for a Governor General’s Award in 2001 for ... Read More »

November 26, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short