On the Passing of Richard King

It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of Richard King, Montreal author, broadcaster, bookseller, and TWUC’s current Treasurer.

Richard King on FacebookRichard provided brilliant financial and strategic leadership to the Union over the last two challenging years, recommending and authorizing the emergency use of strategic surpluses for TWUC relief programs. His wisdom and humour on National Council will be terribly missed. Ever-dedicated to Canada’s writers, Richard insisted on continuing his work on National Council throughout his recent illness.

TWUC Chair Rhea Tregebov remembers Richard:

“It was a privilege and pleasure to work with Richard. In the 18 months we were on National Council together, I learned a great deal from him about the long view -- that of publishing in Canada, of a life in writing, and of dignity and grace in the face of personal challenges. He will be missed. I miss him already.”

Just before joining National Council in June 2020, Richard published his fifth mystery novel, A Stab at Life (Baraka Books). Banking on Life came out in April 2021 from the same publisher, and Serving Life will be out in 2022. In addition to writing mysteries he co-authored two biographies of holocaust survivors: Wrestling with Life (McGill-Queens University Press) and The Making of a Family (John Aylen Books). He was a books columnist on the CBC-Montreal radio show Let’s Go. Richard was a longtime co-owner of Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal. He served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Booksellers’ Association, including one term as its President. He also served one term as an Advocate on TWUC’s National Council. He held the position of Associate Director of Finance for Academics Without Borders, a not-for-profit that aids countries in the developing world build their post-secondary educational capacities.

You can read more about Richard’s life and work in this CBC tribute. Funeral and donation information can be found in this official obituary.

Photo Credit: Richard King on Facebook