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Inside the November Q&Q

The November 2007 issue of Quill & Quire is now in stores coast to coast. Inside is a profile of mystery novelist Louise Penny, complemented by closeups of 10 other Canadian mystery writers. Other features include a survey of literary festivals across the country and a report on the pros and cons of freelance vs. in-house publicity. In the Scholarly and College Publishing Special Report, we ask whether scholarly presses should embrace the Open Access movement (i.e., give books away free online) and we also investigate how little gadgets called “classroom clickers” are transforming the college textbook market. All this plus more than 40 reviews, including looks at new titles by D.R. MacDonald, Christie Blatchford, Frances Itani, Kit Pearson, Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters, Stephen Henighan, and more. The full table of contents is after the jump.

In the November 2007 issue of Q&Q:

Louise Penny’s second chance
How a troubled past gives her mystery novels an edge
Plus 10 other Canadian mystery writers to watch

Giving it away
A new scholarly press in Alberta is going Open Access, but others are skeptical
Also in the Scholarly and College Publishing Special Report: Emond Montgomery’s careful expansion, the off-campus campus stores, and more

Jan Wong’s bad year
Why she returned to China – and how a Globe controversy delayed her new book



  • The case of the long-awaited novel
  • Kit Pearson’s YA novel: afterlife in a graveyard
  • Cover to Cover: King of the Q’s Blue Plate BBQ
  • Snapshot: Sally Harding of The Cooke Agency
  • Watch Your Language: Why bad prose grows
  • Quill at Large
  • Deals Corner: A look at the Maher Arar case, a new Richler bio, Susin Nielsen’s first YA novel, and more
  • Local Buzz: Brick Hill and Beyond


  • Festival express: literary fests are growing across the country
  • Publicity for hire: for freelancers, there’s more work than ever
  • Highlights from Q&Q Omni


  • Emond Montgomery’s expansion plan
  • The campus clicker revolution
  • The off-campus campus bookstore


  • Hitman by Bret Hart
  • The Spiritual Brain by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary
  • Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford
  • The Man Who Forgot How to Read by Howard Engel
  • Therefore Repent! by Jim Munroe and Salgood Sam
  • Plus more fiction, non-fiction, and poetry


  • Making Grizzle Grow by Rachna Gilmore and Leslie Elizabeth Watts
  • A Perfect Gentle Knight by Kit Pearson
  • Tin Angel by Shannon Cowan
  • Plus more fiction, non-fiction, and picture books


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