Quill and Quire

Fiction: Short

By Robert Chafe

As an accomplished theatre director and prolific playwright (his stage adaptation of Wayne Johnston’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams plays the National Arts Centre in 2017), Newfoundland’s Robert Chafe has always had a penchant for ... Read More »

November 21, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Kathy Page

Toward the end of her fine new collection of deceptively expansive short stories, Kathy Page unfurls a little number called “Daddy,” told from the point of view of a child spelunking with his (her?) father ... Read More »

September 6, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Leesa Dean

According to the publisher’s copy accompanying Leesa Dean’s debut story collection, “women [in fiction] are too often cast as inherently good.” It goes on to caution that the “perfectly imperfect” women within these pages “don’t ... Read More »

August 2, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By David Szalay

There’s a deftly submerged schematic quality to Montreal-born writer David Szalay’s All That Man Is, an anthology of short stories that are (almost entirely) unconnected on the level of dramaturgy, but very clearly in conversation ... Read More »

June 27, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Daniel Perry

The stories in Daniel Perry’s debut collection are arranged in three sections – Coarse, Medium, and Fine – corresponding to three textures of hamburger meat. This provides an obvious link to the book’s title (which ... Read More »

May 17, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Laura Trunkey

Double Dutch is a confident debut collection containing nine stories that mostly offer varying perspectives on a single theme. That theme – the body/soul duality – is an old one, though the way Trunkey employs ... Read More »

February 29, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Kris Bertin

An armchair profiler challenge based on the acknowledgments page in the debut story collection by Kris Bertin, a Haligonian bartender: We are presented with the fact that the stories were written when Bertin was between ... Read More »

February 8, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Hugh Graham

I for one will never tire of stories about solitary, bookish men lounging around Europe and sleeping with beautiful, mysterious women who are desperate to know what they’re thinking. In the linked short-fiction collection Last ... Read More »

January 11, 2016 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By George Bowering

First, there is the matter of the title. George Bowering’s story collection does indeed comprise 10 stories, each designated by a woman’s name, but only two and a half of them focus directly on the ... Read More »

December 15, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Lana Pesch

The nine stories that comprise Toronto writer Lana Pesch’s debut collection veer between piercing and playful, sinister and sentimental. Things begin rather meekly with the title story, about a serendipitous first date that is almost ... Read More »

November 30, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Richard Van Camp

Fort Smith, in the Northwest Territories, and its fictional counterpart Fort Simmer, familiar to readers of Richard Van Camp, form the backdrop for the Dogrib First Nation author’s latest short-story collection. This group of 11 ... Read More »

November 19, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Jess Taylor

In Pauls, the first short-fiction collection by National Magazine Award–winning Toronto writer Jess Taylor, a lot of bad things happen to people named Paul. And friends of people named Paul. Each story contains, sometimes rather ... Read More »

November 12, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Kevin Hardcastle

With his debut story collection, Toronto writer Kevin Hardcastle introduces readers to a world that may appear as foreign as any imagined science-fiction or fantasy milieu. That he renders this world so strongly – simultaneously ... Read More »

November 10, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Josip Novakovich

In his new book of stories, Josip Novakovich, who was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize, presents a diverse, bracingly eccentric cast of characters. An essayist as well as author of the novel ... Read More »

October 15, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Greg Hollingshead

Act Normal is Greg Hollingshead’s first book of short stories since his 1995 Governor-General’s Literary Award–winning The Roaring Girl, and it’s a refreshing reminder of his idiosyncratic take on the form. Few other writers represent ... Read More »

July 30, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Richard Cumyn

The David Cronenberg film Crash (based on J.G. Ballard’s novel) is about people who are sexually aroused by recreating celebrities’ fatal car crashes. The title story in a new book of three novellas by Kingston, ... Read More »

July 30, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short

By Rhonda Douglas

Rhonda Douglas’s debut collection of short fiction contains 10 eclectic stories that employ humour, metafiction, and pathos to varying degrees of effectiveness. Douglas is at her best when writing about the tumultuous emotional lives of ... Read More »

July 30, 2015 | Filed under: Fiction: Short