Monday, 28 January 2008

Robert Weaver: 1921-2008

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Weaver this Saturday, January 26.

Robert Weaver worked tirelessly to discover, nurture and sustain several generations of Canadian writers, most notably through his work at the CBC. He was responsible for such shows as Canadian Short Stories and Anthology, which featured such unknown writers as Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, Timothy Findley, Margaret Atwood and Leonard Cohen. He also founded the literary journal The Tamarack Review and created the CBC Literary Awards.

Montreal writer Elaine Kalman Naves recently published Robert Weaver’s biography, Robert Weaver: Godfather of Canadian Literature, with Véhicule Press. An appreciation of Robert Weaver, and a book launching, was planned for Wednesday, January 30, at Massey College in Toronto. It is the wish of his family that the event should take place as scheduled.

A two-part CBC Ideas program on Robert Weaver will air on February 12 and 13.

"I don’t know another person in the CBC who was as loved and as admired and as warmly felt about as Bob Weaver." —Eric Friesen

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