“As an editor, teacher, author, critic, and pioneering anthologist of Canadian fiction, [John] Metcalf was in the front ranks of writers and intellectuals who transformed the term Canadian writer from oxymoron to viable reality.” —Quill & Quire
John Metcalf is former Senior Editor at the Porcupine’s Quill, and Fiction Editor at Biblioasis. A writer, editor and anthologist, he is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories, Adult Entertainment, Kicking Against the Pricks, and most recently The Museum at the End of the World. As an editor, he has worked with several generations of Canada’s best short fiction writers, from Alice Munro and Norman Levine to Caroline Adderson, Rebecca Rosenblum, and Annabel Lyon.
In his new book, The Canadian Short Story, John reflects upon a lifetime of reading, writing, and thinking about the short story in this country, and where it fits within the larger currents of world literature. The book builds and expands upon his Century List of the best Canadian short story collections, not only guiding the reader on what to read, but on how to read short fiction as well.
He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Myrna.