Quill and Quire

Writing Life

Privacy beyond the grave

Andrew Marvell and his Coy Mistress notwithstanding (“the Grave’s a fine and private place, /but none I think do there… Read More »

My first time… (at CBA)

Here’s the scenario. The first-time author arrives at Canada’s biggest book event, the 1998 Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) convention and… Read More »

An open-and-shut case

Here’s a boring little word: case. Meaning, of course, a little box. Or a big box. That sense comes from… Read More »

Prose and cons

A children’s book author argues that writers are con artists, but also breadmakers and ringmasters

Comma clerk killers

A writer I know says darkly, “Copy editors are the enemy.” Well, I’m here to defend good editing, but there… Read More »