Can-Con is very pleased to announce our first Guest of Honour. Sheila Gilbert, Hugo Award winning editor of DAW Books, will be flying in from New York to be our Editor Guest of Honour for 2017. She will be involved in programming on editorial voice, novel acquisition, working with authors and other topics. We’re so delighted that she accepted our invitation. DAW Books has published thousands of fan-favourite fantasy and science fiction novels over the years. And as far as developing Canadian talent, we feel it is tremendously valuable for writers to be able to meet the senior editors of the SFF field. Other Guest of Honour announcements will be happening soon! We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to make it to Can*Con!
Sheila E. Gilbert began attending science fiction conventions 54 years ago, and still enjoys the opportunity they provide to interact with other fans of the genre. She has worked in publishing since 1970, starting at Ace Books, then moving to NAL in 1972, where she ran the Signet Science Fiction and Fantasy line. She also worked as a free-lancer for Dell, Warner, and Doubleday. In 1985, Sheila joined DAW Books, becoming a partner in the company and co-publisher with Betsy Wollheim. Sheila works closely with her many authors and art directs all her titles. Among her authors are a number of Canadians, including Tanya Huff, Michelle Sagara West, Fiona Patton, Violette Malan, Ed Willett, and Gerald Brandt. Over the years, she has been a guest at a number of regional conventions and writers’ conferences. In 2016, Sheila won the Hugo Award for Best Editor Long Form. Visit DAW’s website: dawbooks.com