Quill and Quire

Fiction: Short

By Dana Bath

What if short story authors were forbidden to create characters – particularly women – who cannot get over themselves? And what if there was an embargo on finely crafted little tales of anxiousness, dread, chill, ... Read More »

November 20, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Jim Christy

The 14 stories in Tight Like That recall the days when every little magazine ran short fiction – crisp, savvy entertainments slickly crafted to appeal to just about anybody, perfect to fill those idle few ... Read More »

November 19, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By W. Mark Giles

Knucklehead, W. Mark Giles’ first collection of short fiction, is an eclectic mix of stories and experimental pieces. The title and cover art are misleading, implying yet another collection of gritty urban tales of boozers ... Read More »

November 19, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Art Norris

Succession is another tale of the strains and glories of homecoming, told here through a sequence of linked stories connected to Al, a journeyman musician who, after years of playing bass in Vancouver bar bands, ... Read More »

November 19, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Nadine McInnis

The 14 stories in Nadine McInnis’s Quicksilver are linked by a spectrum of characters somehow experiencing revelations in the midst of suspended lives. Mercury, the rare metal also known as “quicksilver,” is a recurrent image, ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Mark Macdonald

Vancouver author Mark Macdonald’s first novel, Flat, transformed the architecture of the apartment building into an effective and subtle symbol for, amongst other things, the essential strangeness of urban life. Desire, compartmentalized and isolated inside ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Mary Swan

It’s not often Alice Munro offers a quote to promote an emerging writer, but after delving into the pages of Emma’s Hands, Mary Swan’s stellar first collection of short stories, it’s easy to see why ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Stuart McLean

The lives and misadventures of Toronto record-store owner Dave, his wife Morley, and their children Stephanie and Sam are a Canadian institution both on the airwaves and in print. McLean’s style is characterized by a ... Read More »

October 30, 2003 | Filed under: Fiction: Short