English professor wins editorial excellence award

Professor of English Lesley Peterson won an award for editing Saturday, June 11, from the Editors’ Association of Canada at their annual awards banquet at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites in Vancouver.

Peterson received the 2015 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, along with the $2,000 prize, for her work on “The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior: A History of Canadian Internment Camp R” by Ernest Robert Zimmermann, Michel S. Beaulieu and David K. Ratz, according to a press release from the association.

“The energy that drove this project, from first to last, was the enduring vitality of the author, the late and much-missed Ernest Zimmermann, whose voice, even from beyond the grave, made him a kind of ghostly Pied Piper whose call it was futile to resist,” said Peterson in her acceptance speech. “I am very grateful for the privilege of answering the call on behalf of the Alberta Press and for the insight and expertise of the others who helped me find the road and stay the course.”

Peterson’s win also reflects on the English Department. 

“The English Department is very proud that the Tom Fairley Awards committee recognized Dr. Peterson’s exceptional skills as an editor and chose her for this very prestigious award,” said Cynthia Burkhead, chair of the English Department. “It is a well-deserved honor.”

The association gave four awards and recognized 10 individuals as either winners or finalists. The cash prizes for both totaled $4,500.