Quill and Quire

Writing Life

Historical friction

Novelists who use real events and figures as grist for their fiction come up against some very real ethical issues

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 »