Steve Luxton receives 2012 QWF Community Award
The Quebec Writers’ Federation announced today that this year’s QWF Community Award will go to publisher and writer, Steve Luxton.
Bestowed each year at the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s annual Literary Awards Gala, the QWF Community Award is given to a member of the extended literary community who has made a significant and longstanding contribution to the development and/or dissemination of English- language literature in Quebec.
For more than thirty-five years Steve Luxton has made invaluable contributions as a teacher, mentor, editor, publisher, and writer in the literary community of Quebec.
Though recently retired, he has nurtured young writers in the classrooms of John Abbott, Champlain, Vanier and Concordia University during a 33-year teaching career. Remembered fondly by his students for his fierce love of literature, he always made himself available to look over manuscripts and offer encouragement to young writers.
He served as editor for Matrix magazine and the Moosewood Review and but it is the 25 years he has spent as Editor-In-Chief of DC Books that places Steve Luxton among the prestigious members of the Quebec literary scene.
Most of the writers DC Books has published were English-language writers from Quebec. Luxton launched the successful careers of emerging writers like Heather O’Neill and Dimitri Nasrallah, and contributed to the catalogue of works by such wellestablished writers as Jason Camlot, Robert Allen and Louis Dudek.
Of the nearly one hundred books DC has published, Luxton edited more than half of them himself. He has also shepherded authors to readings and book tours all over the province. His dedication even led him to on-occasion meet personally with book sellers across the country in order to convince them to stock books by Quebec authors. He has been nothing short of relentless in his effort to see Quebec writers flourish within and without the borders of our province.
Luxton helped oversee the emergence of Railfare DC Books, one of Canada’s premier regional transportation publishing lines and served as treasurer for the Association of English Language Publishers of Quebec and has also participated in the Literary Press Group of Canada
At the end of this year, he is stepping down as Editor-in-chief of DC Books to spend more time on his own writing, making this is an ideal time to honour and thank Luxton for his years of dedication.
QWF is delighted to present this year’s Community Award to Steve Luxton for his work as a publisher, editor and promoter, and for his tireless efforts to further English-Language literature in Quebec.