It is with profound sadness that we share news of the passing of publisher Gord Shillingford on January 25th, after a brief battle with cancer.
In 1986, Gord Shillingford teamed up with Peter Atwood to take on the literary world of Winnipeg, Manitoba, with Blizzard Publishing. In 1992, Gord struck out on his own, forming J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing. Shillingford is the second-largest drama publisher in Canada under the imprint Scirocco Drama, receiving multiple award nominations and wins, including a GG nomination for Kate Hewlett's The Swearing Jar (2013), Cathy Ostlere and Dennis Garnhum's Lost: A Memoir (2012), and Beverly Cooper's Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott (2009). Under the name The Muses' Company Shillingford also published a few books of poetry every year, including Governor General's Literary Award winning North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette in 2013. Each year, Shillingford released approximately 14 new titles, including some literary non-fiction on Canadian social history, politics, true crime, or biography. A recent book that stands out is Roland Vandal's memoir, Off the Ropes, as told to Carlene Rummery. Vandal tells his story in the raw, from the abuse he suffered at the hands of his boxing coach as a teen, to his addictions, to his successes in business and as a motivational speaker and advocate. From drama to poetry to non-fiction, J. Gordon Shillingford has built a list of fascinating stories that provide a diverse look at the world we live in.
Our deepest condolences to Gord's family and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Photo by Leif Norman.