Thank you to Barbara Scott
Freehand Books thanks our longtime editor Barbara Scott for the invaluable contributions that she’s made to the Press over the past ten years, and we wish her a wonderful, happy retirement.
Barb has been a member of Freehand’s editorial board since the beginning, and to date has edited fourteen Freehand titles. Barb won the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence for her work with Freehand, and books that Barb edited have twice been a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award; longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; and won the Kobzar Literary Award, the Saskatoon Book Award, the Alberta Trade Fiction Award, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction. Not to mention, books that Barb edited for Freehand showed up on the shortlists for the Saskatchewan Fiction Book Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize, the Ottawa Book Award, the McNally Robinson Book of the Year, and the William L. Crawford Fantasy Award.
Barb will be finishing up editing two projects for Freehand: Homes by Winnie Yeung and Abu Bakr al Rabeeah (2017) and Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt (2018). We at Freehand will miss Barb dearly – her unparallelled editorial eye, her determination to help books be all that they could be, and her fierce, persuasive arguments at our editorial board meetings. We wish her a happy retirement, full of travelling and finally getting to work on her own novel instead of editing others!