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Derek Xavier Weiler (October 4, 1968 – April 12, 2009) was a journalist and Canadian magazine editor. He was editor of Quill & Quire, Canada's national book trade magazine.

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Early career

Weiler received a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Waterloo and a certificate in Magazine and Book Publishing from Centennial College in Toronto. [1]

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His first job in publishing was as an editor for Key Porter Books. [2]

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Quill & Quire

After being hired at Quill & Quire as a staff writer in 1999, he rose through the positions of review editor and news editor to be named editor in chief in 2004. [1]

During his tenure, Weiler wrote book reviews and articles for the country's three major newspapers: The Globe and Mail , the Toronto Star and the National Post .

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Weiler had a tattoo on his inner forearm that read "I can't go on. I'll go on," a well-known line from Samuel Beckett's The Unnamable , and a reference, as he revealed in a blog post, [3] to his struggle with a heart condition, the details of which he did not reveal.

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Weiler died suddenly, the result of his heart condition, [4] on April 12, 2009, in Toronto at the age of 40, the day his last book review, [5] of a debut story collection by Wells Tower, appeared in the Toronto Star.

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  1. 1 2 Staff of Quill & Quire (April 13, 2009). "Derek Weiler, 1968-2009". Quill & Quire. Archived from the original on April 16, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  2. "The Mighty Q". Pages' Books and Magazines. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  3. Weiler, Derek (March 2007). "Branded". Archived from the original on 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
  4. Staff of Quill & Quire (April 16, 2009). "Saying goodbye". Quill & Quire. Archived from the original on June 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  5. Weiler, Derek (April 12, 2009). "Hurray for the Vikings' part". Toronto Star . Retrieved 2009-04-24.