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In memoriam: Susan Lawrence

It is with sadness that Q&Q notes the passing of a cherished colleague.

Susan Lawrence, who edited Q&Q‘s Books for Young People section for 12 years beginning in 1996, died on Monday after a battle with cancer. During that period she worked with countless authors, contributors, and publicists, who will remember her warmth, her intelligence, and her keen editorial eye.

In addition to being a passionate advocate for children’s literature, Susan was a talented folk musician. After leaving Q&Q in 2008, she realized a lifelong ambition by recording an album of folk songs. (For those unfamiliar with Susan’s musical side, here’s a link to a 1991 episode of Morningside, in which she sings Oh! Susanna live on-air.)

An obituary will appear in today’s Toronto Star. Susan’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m. at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church.

Anyone who would like to share their memories of Susan is encouraged to do so in the comments below.