Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Champion of Canadian writing Constance Rooke dies at 65

Constance Rooke, an editor and critic who with her husband, Leon Rooke, founded the Eden Mills Writers Festival, has died. She was 65.

Rooke died Saturday in Toronto of ovarian cancer.

She was a former president of PEN Canada, the writers' advocacy group, and editor of the PEN anthologies, Night Light: Stories of Aging, Writing Away and Writing Home.

A long-time academic, Rooke also published several critical books, including Fear of the Open Heart: Essays on Contemporary Canadian Writing.

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