Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

R.I.P., Canadian publisher Sharon Fitzhenry

by Rob - September 13th, 2023.
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The Canadian publishing trade journal Quill & Quire just reported that Sharon Fitzhenry, the CEO and majority shareholder of Canadian publishing company and book distributor Fitzhenry & Whiteside, passed away on August 26, 2023, at the age of 73.

Sharon and I had worked together since 2005, when she acquired the smaller Calgary-based Red Deer Press, for which I was then editing a science-fiction line called (their idea, not mine!) Robert J. Sawyer Books.

After Sharon took over, besides continuing to edit books for my imprint by Canadian SF heavyweights including Terence M. Green, Matthew Hughes, Phyllis Gotlieb, and Karl Schroeder, plus Americans Fiona Kelleghan and Nick DiChario, I also edited an anthology I’m very proud of for her: Distant Early Warnings: Canada’s Best Science Fiction.

Under the Red Deer Press imprint, Sharon published a reprint edition of my Quarry press short-story collection Iterations and Other Stories, followed that up with my second collection Identity Theft and Other Stories, and reissued my Ace novel Starplex—and, most recently, Sharon published the Canadian edition of my latest novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative.

She will be missed!

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