Quill and Quire


Angie Abdou on seeking permission to use First Nations stories

When I embarked on writing what would become my latest novel, I did not set out to write about Indigenous characters. I began composing a work of straight-up horror, hoping to be the next Stephen King. But that’s not how In Case I Go turned out. The connection between where I started and where I ended seems obvious now. After all, Canada’s treatment of its Indigenous peoples is horrific.

Innovative new services born from the bankruptcy of Douglas & McIntyre

When Douglas & McIntyre – once one of Canada’s largest independent book publishers – filed for bankruptcy in fall 2012, the news sent reverberations throughout the industry.

Q&A: Kidlit scholar Heba Elsherief on the problematic representation of Muslim girls in children’s literature

In her work as a PhD student at University of Toronto and children’s literature teacher at Seneca College, Heba Elsherief has turned her attention toward the representations of Muslim characters in children’s literature.

Deals: CanLit legend Timothy Findley is finally recognized with his first comprehensive biography

After revisiting Timothy Findley’s breakout novel, 1977’s The Wars, for one of her books, Vancouver scholar Sherrill Grace discovered there wasn’t enough information on the Canadian novel (or its author) to satisfy her curiosity.