After 27 years in the publishing business, CARDonline publisher Bruce Richards retired this month. According to a note accompanying a recent CARD e-newsletter, Richards began his career at Maclean Hunter with the Financial Post in 1981. He became CARD’s national sales manager in 1990 and led the launch of CARDonline in 1995. Last year, Richards was appointed associate publisher of sister Rogers Publishing-property Marketing Magazine and assisted in the magazine’s website relaunch earlier this year.
After a stint working in England as editorial and communications manager for the International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP), Laurie Alpern has returned to Magazines Canada, this time as communications director.
Finally, a number of editorial changes recently took place at St. Joseph Media’s Quill & Quire, the number one trade title for Canada’s book industry. According to a blog post by editor Derek Weiler, Scott MacDonald, a staff writer of four years, is now news editor, replacing Tabassum Siddiqui, who, according to Weiler, left the mag in July; Stuart Woods, a former intern and regular contributor to the magazine over the past year, is now a staff writer; Nathan Whitlock, formerly review editor, is now Books for Young People and Last Word editor, handling the children’s review section and the regular Last Word column; and Steven W. Beattie, a regular contributor to Q&Q who also maintains the literary website That Shakesperherian Rag, has joined as review editor.
Leaving the staff is Susan Lawrence, who was with the magazine for 12 years as Books for Young People editor. “Susan is facing some health challenges and has understandably chosen to focus on her treatment, and on spending time with her husband,” Weiler writes. “We will all keenly miss Susan’s great expertise in children’s literature, her razor-sharp editorial eye, and her inquisitive mind. But more than that, we will miss the unfailing warmth and light she has brought to the office.”