Quill and Quire


Granta guest editors Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux find hope in the “collision of ideas”

When guest editors Madeleine Thien and Catherine Leroux finalized the lineup for Granta 141, a special issue of the renowned literary quarterly dedicated to new writing out of Canada, they included an essay by Acadian writer France Daigle called “What Is It that Hurts?”

Q&A: Allison Hirst on acquiring and editing mysteries

Allison Hirst is Dundurn’s resident woman of mystery. The developmental editor is responsible for a variety of non-fiction titles and crime mysteries, including Steve Burrows’ popular Birder Murder books, Nick Wilkshire’s new Foreign Affairs series, and Janet Kellough’s “brilliant historical series,” the Thaddeus Lewis Mysteries.

Kevin Sands on theoretical physics, smoke bombs, and the biggest compliment he’s received from a fan

Toronto author Kevin Sands had earned two degrees in theoretical physics and was toiling away as a researcher and teacher before writing his first middle-grade novel, The Blackthorn Key (Simon & Schuster Canada).