Quill and Quire

Writing Life

Becoming the story

Writing about her time as a hostage in Afghanistan may have been the hardest thing journalist Mellissa Fung has ever done

What’s in a new name?

Here’s a little thought experiment. Imagine streets lined with dilapidated, decaying Victorian houses. The gutters are filled with shards of… Read More »

Launches gone wild

What with fights, snowstorms, and no-shows, book events can be a rough business, writes Shaun Smith

Izzy and I

A fascination with power (and a shared love of jazz) led Peter C. Newman to take on a media tycoon


Everyone agrees that English spelling makes no sense. Think of all those weird inconsistencies. Words that sound the same but… Read More »

Solid waste happens

Here’s a little thought experiment. Imagine you’re hanging a picture. You have a hammer in one hand. In the other,… Read More »