Quill and Quire

Fiction: Short

By Irina Kovalyova

It’s no surprise to learn from Irina Koval-yova’s author bio that she is a senior lecturer in Simon Fraser University’s department of molecular biology and biochemistry. Or that she once interned for NASA. Or that ... Read More »

May 25, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Russell Smith

Russell Smith’s new collection of short stories won’t leave you feeling wonderful about the human race. His characters reveal themselves to be liars and cheats, manipulators, and careerists, all doing their best to hold things ... Read More »

April 14, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Neil Smith

As a child in Illinois, Oliver is nicknamed Boo because of his ghostly, albino-like pallor. We meet Oliver in a branch of heaven known as Town, where all the inhabitants have died at age 13. ... Read More »

April 14, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Rachel Wyatt

This is the fifth short-story collection from Rachel Wyatt, Member of the Order of Canada, former Banff Centre director of writing programs, and author of numerous novels and plays. Unsurprisingly, Street Symphony is an accomplished ... Read More »

March 9, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Margaret Atwood

Before opening Margaret Atwood’s new collection, ponder the subtitle. Tales, not stories, are what is on offer. As Atwood explains in the acknowledgements, short stories often work “within the boundaries of social realism” whereas “tale” ... Read More »

September 11, 2014 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Eliza Robertson

The debut short-fiction collection by B.C. author Eliza Robertson is carefully composed – perhaps too much so. The collection’s 17 stories – including “My Sister Sang,” which was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland ... Read More »

September 5, 2014 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Mireille Silcoff

Though this collection of short stories is the first work of fiction from Montreal’s Mireille Silcoff, the author’s name may already be familiar to readers. Silcoff is a regular National Post columnist and has previously ... Read More »

September 5, 2014 | Filed under: Fiction: Short