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.
Canadians are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian.
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.
A Bachelor of Arts is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, sciences, or both. Bachelor of Arts programs generally take three to four years depending on the country, institution, and specific specializations, majors, or minors. The word baccalaureus should not be confused with baccalaureatus, which refers to the one- to two-year postgraduate Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in some countries.
A Master of Arts is a person who was admitted to a type of master's degree awarded by universities in many countries, and the degree is also named Master of Arts in colloquial speech. The degree is usually contrasted with the Master of Science. Those admitted to the degree typically study linguistics, history, communication studies, diplomacy, public administration, political science, or other subjects within the scope of the humanities and social sciences; however, different universities have different conventions and may also offer the degree for fields typically considered within the natural sciences and mathematics. The degree can be conferred in respect of completing courses and passing examinations, research, or a combination of the two.
The University of Waterloo is a public research university with a main campus in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is on 404 hectares of land adjacent to "Uptown" Waterloo and Waterloo Park. The university offers academic programs administered by six faculties and ten faculty-based schools. The university also operates three satellite campuses and four affiliated university colleges. Waterloo is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada. The University of Waterloo is most famous for its co-operative education (co-op) programs, which allow the students to integrate their education with applicable work experiences. The university operates the largest post-secondary co-operative education program in the world, with over 20,000 undergraduate students in over 140 co-operative education programs.
His first job in publishing was as an editor for Key Porter Books.
Key Porter Books was a book publishing company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1979 by Anna Porter, later well known as a writer, the company specialized in Canadian non-fiction, although it published some fiction too. It ceased operations in January 2011.
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.
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 .
The Globe and Mail is a Canadian newspaper printed in five cities in western and central Canada. With a weekly readership of 2,018,923 in 2015, it is Canada's most widely read newspaper on weekdays and Saturdays, although it falls slightly behind the Toronto Star in overall weekly circulation because the Star publishes a Sunday edition while the Globe does not. The Globe and Mail is regarded by some as Canada's "newspaper of record".
The Toronto Star is a Canadian broadsheet daily newspaper. Based on 2015 statistics, it is Canada's highest-circulation newspaper on overall weekly circulation; although it is a close second to The Globe and Mail in daily circulation on weekdays, it overtakes the Globe in weekly circulation because the Globe does not publish a Sunday edition. The Toronto Star is owned by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation and part of Torstar's Daily News Brands division.
The National Post is a Canadian English-language newspaper. The paper is the flagship publication of Postmedia Network, and is published Tuesdays through Saturdays. It was founded in 1998 by Conrad Black. Once distributed nationally, it later began publishing a daily edition in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia, with only its weekend edition available in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. As of 2006, the Post is no longer distributed in Canada's Atlantic provinces and the territories.
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,to his struggle with a heart condition, the details of which he did not reveal.
Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator. A resident of Paris for most of his adult life, he wrote in both English and French.
The Unnamable is a 1953 novel by Samuel Beckett. It is the third and final entry in Beckett's "Trilogy" of novels, which begins with Molloy followed by Malone Dies. It was originally published in French as L'Innommable and later adapted by the author into English. Grove Press published the English edition in 1958.
Weiler died suddenly, the result of his heart condition,on April 12, 2009, in Toronto at the age of 40, the day his last book review, of a debut story collection by Wells Tower, appeared in the Toronto Star.
Lynn Coady is a Canadian novelist and journalist.
The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is an annual award presented by the League of Canadian Poets to the year's best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. The award was established in 1980 to honour poet Pat Lowther, who was murdered by her husband in 1975. Each winner receives an honorarium of $1000.
The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is made annually by the League of Canadian Poets to the best volume of poetry published by a first-time poet. It is presented in honour of poetry promoter Gerald Lampert. Each winner receives an honorarium of $1000.
The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, also known as the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour or just the Leacock Medal, is an annual literary award presented for the best book of humour written in English by a Canadian writer, published or self-published in the previous year. The silver medal, designed by sculptor Emanuel Hahn, is a tribute to well-known Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock (1869–1944) and is accompanied by a cash prize of $15,000 (CAD). It is presented in the late spring or early summer each year, during a banquet ceremony in or near Leacock’s hometown of Orillia, Ontario.
The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction is a Canadian literary award, presented annually by the Writers' Trust of Canada to the best work of non-fiction by a Canadian writer.
Andrew Pyper is a prize-winning Canadian author.
Quill & Quire, a Canadian magazine about the book and publishing industry, was launched in 1935 and has an average circulation of 5,000 copies per issue, with a publisher-claimed readership of 25,000. Quill & Quire reviews books and magazines and provides a forum for discussion of trends in the publishing industry. The publication is considered a significant source of short reviews for new Canadian books.
Derek McCormack is a Canadian novelist and short story writer whose work is characterized by its extreme brevity and its humorous, often distinctly queer forms of sexual darkness. Born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, he currently lives in Toronto.
Rebecca Eckler is a Canadian writer of columns and blogs about motherhood, and is author of two books on the same subject, Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-Be (2004), and Wiped! Life with a Pint-Sized Dictator, (2007), neither well reviewed. As of 2016, she has authored five further, that latest of which is The Mommy Mob: Inside the Outrageous World of Mommy Blogging (2014). Her writing has elicited controversy, e.g., at her blogging about her decision to leave her 10-month old infant to join her fiancé for the duration of a celebrity golf tournament in Mexico. Responses to her book and other writings have frequently included assessments of writing from privilege, shallowness and immaturity, and self-justification of non-traditional decisions.
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David Dyment is a Canadian author and academic based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His most recent publication is Doing the Continental: A New Canadian-American Relationship, published by Dundurn Press in 2010. The book was honoured by the Toronto Library Foundation at the 2011 Book Lover's Ball as one of under 60 celebrated recent Canadian books. In May 2011, the book was listed on Quill and Quire's bestseller list for non-fiction politics. A review by Conrad Black appeared in the May 2011 issue of the Literary Review of Canada. Dyment teaches political science at the University of Ottawa and at Carleton University where he is senior research associate in the Centre on North American Politics and Society. He has served on the staff of the Governor General of Canada and as a senior policy adviser in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Patrick deWitt is a Canadian novelist and screenwriter. He was born on Vancouver Island at Sidney, British Columbia., and later lived in California and Washington state. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
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