Lives Lived: Ellen Seligman, Canadian literary editor

Lives Lived: Ellen Seligman, Canadian literary editor

Ellen Seligman, one of Canada’s top literary editors who worked with our country’s most-influential writers such as Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen and Michael Ondaatje, died today. Seligman’s family did not release the cause of death or her age. Seligman rose through the ranks at McClelland and Stewart, becoming the editorial director of fiction, and later, […]

Ellen Seligman, one of Canada’s top literary editors who worked with our country’s most-influential writers such as Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen and Michael Ondaatje, died today.

Seligman’s family did not release the cause of death or her age.

Seligman rose through the ranks at McClelland and Stewart, becoming the editorial director of fiction, and later, publisher. During her nearly four decades at McClelland and Stewart, she edited 23 Governor General’s Literary Award winners, 6 Scotiabank Giller Prize winners, 4 winners of the Man Booker Prize, and many others.

She also published books by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro, and Eleanor Catton’s multi-award winning The Luminaries.

“Though we are in the business of words, I find it next to impossible to express the grief I know we all feel with the loss of this incomparable woman,” wrote Kristin Cochrane, president and publisher of Penguin Random House Canada, in a statement.

Her family will be holding a private funeral, to be followed by a public memorial.