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The December issue of Q&Q: Books of the Year

The special Books of the Year issue of Quill & Quire is now en route to stores and mailboxes. It contains the magazine’s annual selection of the titles that mattered the most over the past 12 months – 10 adult and five children’s. Among the authors who made the cut are cover stars Sean Dixon, Kenneth Oppel, and Marina Nemat – to see the rest, you’ll have to wait for the issue.

Also in December’s pages are a panel discussion on Margaret Atwood’s CanLit classic Survival, with Noah Richler, Lynn Coady, and Philip Marchand; a report on the Christian publishing and bookselling market; a look at new publisher Kunati Books; an essay by Leilah Nadir on writing about Iraq; and more. The full table of contents is after the jump.

In the December 2007 issue of Q&Q:

Books of the year
The ones that mattered most in 2007, and why
Plus: Seven designers pick their favourite covers of the year

Surviving Survival
A celebrity panel asks what Atwood’s classic “thematic guide to Canadian literature” has to say, 35 years later

Onward Christian publishers
As religious publishing goes mainstream, are niche houses being crowded?

In the Red Zone
Leilah Nadir, author of The Orange Trees of Baghdad, on writing about the Iraq war without being overwhelmed by anger



  • Making bad readers better
  • Big houses and small ones: pros and cons
  • The science of lit
  • Snapshot: New M&S editor Lara Hinchberger
  • Deals Corner: Michael C. Chettleburgh, Micah Toub, Broken Social Scene, and more
  • Local Buzz: Tunnels of Terror


  • Thinking big: Kunati Books offers a commercial edge – and strong ambitions
  • Highlights from Q&Q Omni


  • Promises to Keep by Charles de Lint
  • The Silent Raga by Ameen Merchant
  • Happiness and Other Disorders by Ahmad Saidullah
  • Plus more fiction, non-fiction, and poetry


  • Stories at the Door by Jan Andrews and Francis Blake
  • Ben’s Bunny Trouble by Daniel Wakeman and Dirk Van Stralen
  • Down at the Sea Hotel by Greg Brown and Mireille Levert
  • Plus more fiction, non-fiction, and picture books


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