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Editor’s File: Some Memoirs & Biographies I’ve Edited




Whatever my editorial  role on a particular book — that of structural, stylistic, or copy editor, or proofreader — I’m part of a team of in-house and freelance editors that helps writers polish their work. Here, in alphabetical order, are some of the memoirs and biographies to which I’ve made an editorial contribution.

As well, I’ve edited many novels based on true events, including Lauren B. Davis’s The Empty Room and George Elliott Clarke’s George and Rue and The Motorcyclist, and hundreds of bestselling adult and young-adult fiction and nonfiction titles.


Nearly Normal: Surviving the Wilderness, My Family, and Myself by Cea Sunrise Person (forthcoming January 2017, HarperCollins Canada)


A Memoir of Friendship: The Letters Between Carol Shields and Blanche Howard, edited by Blanche and Allison Howard

A New Leaf: Growing with My Garden by Merlyn Simonds

After the Falls by Catherine Gildiner

All the Good Pilgrims by Robert Ward

And Home Was Kariakoo: Memoir of an Indian African by M.G. Vassanji

Angel Creek by Gail Porter Mandell

Beauty and Sadness by André Alexis

Bits of Me Are Falling Apart by William Leith

Black Berry, Sweet Juice by Lawrence Hill

Cake or Death by Heather Mallick

Catch and Release by Mark Kingwell

Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter by Alison Wearing

Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker in Training by Tom Jokinen

Daddy Sharpe by Fred W. Kennedy

Damage Done: A Mountie’s Memoir by Deanna Lennox

Flint & Feather: The Life of E. Pauline Johnson by Charlotte Grey

Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto

Kingdom of Ten Thousand Things by Gary Geddes

Elizabeth Smart by Kim Echlin

Eric  Williams: The Myth and the Man by Selwyn Ryan

Fake ID by Mariko Tamaki

Journeyman: Travels with a Writer: Timothy Findley, edited and introduced by William Whitehead

Measuring Mother Earth by Heather Robertson

Missing Sarah by Maggie de Vries

My Wedding Dress: Real-Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle, edited by Anne Laurel Carter and Susan Whelehan

Nocturne: On the Life and Death of My Brother by Helen Humphreys

North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both

Original Minds by Eleanor Wachtel

Our Man in Tehran by Robert Right

Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat

Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village by Dr. James Maskalyk

The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son by Ian Brown

The Green Labyrinth by Sylvia Fraser

The Manley Memoirs by Beverley Manley

The Occupied Garden by Kristen den Hartog

The Penguin Book of Biography for Young Readers, Volume II, by Barbara Hehner

The Spice Necklace by Ann Vanderhoof

The Time of Your Life by Margaret Trudeau

This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications by Diane Schoemperlen

 Through the Glass by Shannon Moroney

Under an Afghan Sky by Mellisa Fung

Unearthed: Love, Acceptance, and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden by Alexandra Risen (University of Toronto SCS Final Project)

Virtual Clearcut: The Way Things Are in My Hometown by Brian Fawcett

When My World Was Very Small by Ruth Rakoff

Wrong Way: The Fall of Conrad Black by Jacquie McNish & Sinclair Stewart