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Tom Fairley Award Winner 2010

Lucy Kenward

Vij's at Home: Relax Honey. Douglas & McIntyre, 2010.

Toronto, May 30, 2011—The Editors' Association of Canada (EAC) is pleased to announce that Lucy Kenward of Vancouver, BC, is the winner of the 2010 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. Kenward, a senior editor at D&M, was awarded the $2,000 prize for her work on Vij's at Home: Relax Honey by Meeru Dhalwala. The award was presented at EAC's annual awards banquet, which took place on May 28, 2011, in Vancouver.

"I'm honoured," says Kenward. "The list of Tom Fairley Award recipients is distinguished indeed, and to have other editors deem my work worthy of this award is thrilling."

Vij's at Home: Relax Honey is the follow-up to a best-selling cookbook based on recipes from Vij's Restaurant in Vancouver, which specializes in Indian cuisine. Kenward was involved in every aspect of editing the book, even cooking some of the recipes.

"At D&M, our in-house editors do generally own a project from concept to finished book, so it's not unusual to be involved at every stage," Kenward explains. "We feel this approach provides better continuity for the author, and consistency of vision."

As for herself, Kenward loves taking a concept and working with other people to make it happen. "Drawing out [an author's] knowledge and stories, polishing their prose, and working with our designers, production department, sales and marketing staff to turn that raw material into a beautiful, saleable artifact is always rewarding," she says.

The other two editors shortlisted for their editorial excellence were Arlene Prunkl of Kelowna, BC, for Brain School: Stories of Children with Learning Disabilities by Howard Eaton (Glia Press) and Christine Wiesenthal of Edmonton, AB, for The Collected Works of Pat Lowther by Pat Lowther (posthumous) (NeWest Press).

Judges for the 2010 Tom Fairley Award were Mary Lou Roy of Edmonton, AB (2009 Tom Fairley Award winner), Carmelita McGrath of St. John's, NL, and Frances Peck of Vancouver, BC.