FORMER PUBLISHER JACK STODDART HAD GRAND DREAMS FOR CANADA’S BOOK INDUSTRY

“It frustrated him beyond measure that he couldn’t convince the government that a simple tax credit similar to that which supports the movie and television industries would have put the book business on a strong footing,”

Publisher Jack Stoddart in his office in 1990. He owned the General/Stoddart group of companies, was president three times of the Association of Canadian Publishers and lobbied for tax incentives to encourage investment in publishing. (DICK LOEK / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

The last time many people in the publishing industry saw Jack Stoddart was in June 2017, at the launch of Elaine Dewar’s book The Handover. He was there with his wife, Nancy Kroeker, a former executive director of the Writers’ Development Trust.

Stoddart died at his home at Rednersville in Prince Edward County on Jan. 17. He was 74.

The book launch at the Dora Keogh pub on the Danforth in Toronto was a rare appearance at an event by Stoddart, who at one time was at the centre of Canada’s book industry.

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