Memoriam: Doug Barbour, 1940-2021

an author's photo of Doug Barbour

 

SF Canada today mourns the loss of Doug Barbour, poet, critic, reviewer and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Alberta.

 

Barbour was a scholar and man of letters who belonged to many overlapping literary communities; for writers of speculative fiction he was perhaps most notable as president, founder, editor and contributor to Alberta’s NeWest Press.

 

His passing is an enormous loss to his family and friends, his students and colleagues, and to Canadian Literature as whole.

 

On September 24, 2021, just days before his death, the Book Publishers Association Of Alberta re-named their Best Speculative Fiction Book of the Year. Henceforth it will be known as the Douglas Barbour Award.

 

Author Rob McLennan has posted a tribute to Barbour here: https://robmclennan.blogspot.com/…/douglas-barbour…

And there is a brief obituary from NeWest Press here:
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