Island Editor: June 2018

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Mark your calendar 

  • Tuesday June 26, 2018: Summer party!
  • Summer break: During July and August, PEAVI takes a break from its regular meeting schedule. Island Editor will be taking a break, too. However, if you have news to share or ideas to contribute toward the September issue, we'd love to hear from you. 
  • September 2018: The new PEAVI year begins.
Join our coffee get-to-know-you sessions on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Breakwater Cafe, Ogden Point. Delicious breakfasts, the best views in town, and excellent company!

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PEAVI Summer Social

Join us for the PEAVI Summer Social for good food, excellent company and some nerdy games.

Date:  Tuesday, June 26, 2017
Time:  6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location:  Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street, James Bay, Victoria, BC

PEAVI's annual June social is the perfect opportunity to welcome summer’s arrival and to meet your fellow editors in a relaxed atmosphere.


PEAVI will provide drinks (non-alcoholic).
You are encouraged to bring food to share. Please bring finger food—no heating or cutlery required—and include a list of ingredients, especially if your dish contains shellfish, nuts, or pork. Gluten and/or dairy-free items welcome.

Please RSVP using the button below by June 21. Simply add your name to this Doodle poll (do mention if you're bringing a guest). 

See you there!
Summer Social RSVP

Member News
And the winner is . . .

Congratulations, Audrey McClennan on winning the Ewart-Daveluy indexing award!

Audrey won for creating  "a
n index that demonstrates outstanding expertise, ability to analyze complex text and ability to design an index that significantly enhances reader use of the text." 
Veronica Knox writes:

My second book in the Bede Trilogy for Y/A will be launched on Amazon in May/June. The book cover and formatting  were  completed yesterday. It remains for the proof to be printed and edited, which is why I've tentatively added June to the deadline. It's an unknown how long the list is for printing. 

Your news?

Members, do you have news you would like to share, an interesting project, perhaps, or a new job? Has a book you edited recently been published? We would love to hear your editing news

Profile series: PEAVI's founding members

This  final chapter in the series on PEAVI's founding members was researched and written by Jean Layland.  It's special!

Founder Profiles

To complete this series on PEAVI’s founding members, I can do nothing more fitting than to remember the late Bob Amussen, a distinguished senior editor who was there when PEAVI was born. Indeed, he was one of the midwives. 

Twenty-three years is a long time for any organization of loosely connected individuals to survive, let alone flourish and grow. It speaks to our common love of language and the ongoing importance of peer support. I hope future issues will profile some of the more recent members who have contributed to PEAVI’s development.
Jean (MacDonald) Layland

Thanks to Jane Munro, Fran Aitkens, Lisa Leighton, and Martin Gavin for their input on this profile.

Bob Amussen remembered

PEAVI’s most senior founding member—in age, experience, and wisdom—is fondly remembered, not least for his wit. His comments were always insightful, usually ironic, often delivered deadpan or with a wry grin. He kept us grounded. “Writing is writing,” he pronounced, “no fancy titles.”

If you asked about career highlights, Bob would say his were helping authors. He talked of meetings with A-list Canadian authors, including Mordecai Richler and Alice Munro. He famously “discovered” Audrey Thomas, a story she recounts in A Writer's Life: The Margaret Laurence Lectures (2011). Bob edited and published several of her books. He became one of her mentors, and she became a lifelong friend.
As editor-in-chief at Bobbs-Merrill in New York, Bob enjoyed working with a variety of writers on the broad spectrum of books the company published. These included cookbooks, where a feather in his cap was working with Marian Rombauer Becker on The Joy of Cooking. He had also worked with other New York presses, and with The Poetry Project.

Vancouver was his home in 1972, when he and Gerry Gilbert issued the first number of their magazine, The British Columbia Monthly. Later, at the Open Learning Institute, he produced and edited course materials for distance learning. Here he met his future wife, Jane Munro. When Bob retired at 66 from OLI, under protest, he returned to the freelance editing he had done at various times since his twenties. He joined the Western Canada branch of the Freelance Editors Association of Canada (FEAC, later EAC) in Vancouver.
Bob and Jane eventually moved to Vancouver Island, where they built a house at Point No Point from trees on their land, the logs milled on site. From here he travelled to meetings held by a group of Victoria editors, most members of EAC. He helped the group create their own Vancouver Island-based editors association, and served on the executive for several years. He was also an important part of PEAVI’s social life. From 1996 to 2003, he and Jane hosted the group’s summer parties. PEAVI archives from June 26, 1999 note “Summer Social at Bob Amussen and Jane Munro’s house (when the boy fell down the cliff and had to be rescued).” Early members recall driving the long, windy West Coast Road to this wild piece of paradise, where we’d usually find Jane in the garden and Bob in the kitchen, putting the finishing touches on something scrumptious. 

Bob loved books, jazz, art, architecture, food, and cats (his last pair were George and Ira, after the Gershwin brothers). He also loved baseball, football, New York, Point No Point, women, and opera. Above all, he loved Jane Munro, much-lauded poet, who wrote movingly of their struggle with his decline into dementia in her book Blue Sonoma, which was awarded the Griffin poetry prize in 2015.

Bob died September 9, 2013. We were so lucky to have known him. We miss him still.

Thank you Lenore Hietkamp for the idea for this profile series and Jean Layland for coordinating it—and for contributing.

Volunteer corner

Thank you!

To all our wonderful volunteers who have helped move PEAVI forward over the past year, Thank you!

Call for volunteers for 2018/2019

It's that time of the year when PEAVI starts looking toward the next year and the roles that need to be filled. PEAVI is a volunteer-led organization and is, therefore, what we its members make of it.

Please take a few minutes to consider how you might contribute toward making PEAVI everything you want it to be. We're looking for a chairperson for 2018/2019 and for exec members to take on various roles. If you have a particular skill  or would simply like contribute, we'd love to hear from you at

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On the lighter side

Ideas? Content? Feedback?

Do you have content, ideas, or feedback to share, an idea for a monthly meeting topic or a suggestion for a particular speaker? We're all ears!

Please contact Lynne Graham at
Island Editor is coordinated and compiled by Lynne Graham and copyedited by Dave Henry. PEAVI members provide the content.
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