Steve Luxton re­ceives 2012 QWF Com­mu­nity Award

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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.

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