Grace Yaginuma named winner of the 2014 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence

Toronto, June 16, 2015—The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) has announced that Grace Yaginuma of Vancouver, BC, is the winner of the 2014 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. Yaginuma was awarded the $2,000 prize for her work on A Discerning Eye: The Walter C. Koerner Collection of European Ceramics by Carol E. Mayer (Figure 1 Publishing). The award was presented at EAC’s annual awards banquet, which took place on June 13, 2015, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“It’s an unbelievable honour to stand here in front of a roomful of distinguished editors,” said Yaginuma, who went on to thank her team at Figure 1 Publishing. “Their magical talents and commitment made the whole process easier and even lots of fun. It was very inspiring.”

“I’d like to extend a general and warm-hearted thank you to all the editors I’ve met and learned from over the years. The editing community in Vancouver has been nothing but welcoming, supportive, generous and ridiculously humble.”

Grace Yaginuma holding a framed certificate with Rosemary Shipton
Grace Yaginuma and Rosemary Shipton

A Discerning Eye is a lavish celebration of the impressive Walter C. Koerner collection, highlighting approximately 200 functional and decorative wares from the 16th to the 19th century. Yaginuma performed structural, stylistic and copy editing for the project and was praised by the judges for editing the manuscript expertly at all levels. “This very fine publication would not have been possible without [her] excellent editorial work and file management,” said one judge.

The other Canadian editors shortlisted for their editorial excellence were Sue MacLeod of Toronto, ON, and Suzanne Rent of Halifax, NS. MacLeod, the editor of Mending Hearts, Building Bridges: The Story of Save a Child’s Heart by Bernard Goldman (Save a Child’s Heart Foundation), “did a superlative job of finding the gold in a mountain of text and shaping it into a cohesive and powerful book.” Rent, the editor of Our Children (Metro Guide Publishing), was commended as a mentor for young talent and as a community advocate. “She shows us a side of editors that we often forget,” said one judge. “We are caring, involved and creative people within our local communities as much as we are line-tamers and grammar gurus.” MacLeod and Rent each received cash awards of $500 in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

The judges for the 2014 Tom Fairley Award are respected Canadian editors. Peter Midgley is the author of a travel memoir, Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story, and was the recipient of the 2013 Tom Fairley Award. He is also the senior editor (acquisitions) at the University of Alberta Press. Sandy Newton is a freelance writer, editor and consultant. She co-authored Birds of Newfoundland (winner of a 2010 Atlantic Book Award) and won the 2012 Tom Fairley Award. Rosemary Shipton was the founding coordinator of the Publishing Program at Ryerson University. She has taught all levels of editing. In 2007, Trinity College, University of Toronto, granted her an honorary doctorate for her contribution to publishing in Canada.

Grace Yaginuma, Suzanne Rent and Sue MacLeod
Grace Yaginuma, Suzanne Rent and Sue MacLeod Photos: Paul Cipywnyk

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About the Editors’ Association of Canada

Established in 1983, the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence recognizes an editor’s outstanding contribution to a work published in Canada in English or French in the award year. Additional information about the award is available on the EAC website.

The Editors’ Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors’ Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. EAC is the voice of editors in Canada, with 1,500 members and affiliates, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. EAC’s professional development programs and services include professional certification, an annual conference, seminars, guidelines for fair pay and working conditions, and networking with other associations. EAC has six regional branches: British Columbia; Prairie Provinces (currently on hiatus); Saskatchewan; Toronto; National Capital Region; and Quebec/Atlantic Canada, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Calgary, Alberta; Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Ontario; Hamilton/Halton, Ontario; Kingston, Ontario; Nova Scotia; and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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