Quill and Quire

Fiction: Short

By Richard Van Camp

Fort Smith, in the Northwest Territories, and its fictional counterpart Fort Simmer, familiar to readers of Richard Van Camp, form the backdrop for the Dogrib First Nation author’s latest short-story collection. This group of 11 ... Read More »

November 19, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Jess Taylor

In Pauls, the first short-fiction collection by National Magazine Award–winning Toronto writer Jess Taylor, a lot of bad things happen to people named Paul. And friends of people named Paul. Each story contains, sometimes rather ... Read More »

November 12, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Kevin Hardcastle

With his debut story collection, Toronto writer Kevin Hardcastle introduces readers to a world that may appear as foreign as any imagined science-fiction or fantasy milieu. That he renders this world so strongly – simultaneously ... Read More »

November 10, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Josip Novakovich

In his new book of stories, Josip Novakovich, who was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, presents a diverse, bracingly eccentric cast of characters. An essayist as well as author of the novel ... Read More »

October 15, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Greg Hollingshead

Act Normal is Greg Hollingshead’s first book of short stories since his 1995 Governor-General’s Literary Award–winning The Roaring Girl, and it’s a refreshing reminder of his idiosyncratic take on the form. Few other writers represent ... Read More »

July 30, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Richard Cumyn

The David Cronenberg film Crash (based on J.G. Ballard’s novel) is about people who are sexually aroused by recreating celebrities’ fatal car crashes. The title story in a new book of three novellas by Kingston, ... Read More »

July 30, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Rhonda Douglas

Rhonda Douglas’s debut collection of short fiction contains 10 eclectic stories that employ humour, metafiction, and pathos to varying degrees of effectiveness. Douglas is at her best when writing about the tumultuous emotional lives of ... Read More »

July 30, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By R.W. Gray

R.W. Gray is determined to avoid convention; as a result, his stories both intrigue and occasionally alienate the reader. They are impossible to classify in terms of genre, and are set in a slightly off-kilter ... Read More »

July 30, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short