A grenade went off one day and a piece of shrapnel went straight through his ankle. Ghastly wound. He had been wearing a white ascot, as was his custom at the time, and Vanessa had torn it off his neck to stop the bleeding. Now he typilly wore a red ascot, as a kind of joke between them. Read more.
It comes in threes, that’s what they say. One was James in may. Two was Peter in August. And three, on this grey November evening, is Leonard Cohen. Born within nine months of each other; dead within six. Ruth has seen Leonard Cohen in concert countless times since the 1970s. She met him once, when […] Read more.
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The Writer’s Corner
My last two books have been novels, but I’ve struggled to write long fiction since the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve been too restless to focus on the demands of a larger story. It didn’t help that I already had two unpublished novels in slush piles. I wanted to concentrate on the space between words, […]
With new curiosity, I recently began to reread Jane Austen’s Emma, her second last (major) novel, which she completed in 1817, two years before her death, at age 41. Like most of Austen’s readers, I instinctively guard a list of my favourite books, which hadn’t included Emma, following my first encounter with the novel four […]
On Nov. 22, 2020 I was shocked to receive an email from the wife of a very good friend, the lifornia author Dennis Saleh, stating that he had died suddenly of a massive brain bleed that day. Dennis and I had met when we enrolled in the same graduate writing seminar at the University of […]
The Wild Writers Festival: Poetry and Prose That’s Out There
The New Quarterly is proud to present the Wild Writers Literary Festival.?Join us for a celebration of the feral and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.