Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Derek Weiler, 1968-2009

Derek Weiler, editor at Quill & Quire and friend of literary publishers everywhere, died this past weekend at the age of 40. I've had numerous conversations and exchanges with Derek over the last couple of years, and he was always generously thoughtful and supportive. We had him down to Windsor in 2007 to take part in Bookfest Windsor; he stocked up on the moleskines he found here more cheaply than almost anywhere else, and likely filled one of them with notes while he was here, taking them even in the middle of the panel discussion he was part of. We had some time at the AfterWords party to sit and chat.

He was a gentleman, with a quick smile and a generous sense of humour, who didn't let you get away with much, though he often let you off gently. We'll miss him. Our condolences to his wife, family, and all of his Q&Q co-workers.

his Q&Q obituary can be found here.

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