Author and longtime magazine editor dies

Former Saturday Night senior editor and author Barbara Moon died in hospital on April 15.

Moon was a longtime editor and writer in Canada’s magazine community as well an author and editor of books, including some about literary journalism.

Magazine consultant D.B. Scott wrote on his blog:

“Barbara was perhaps best known as the exacting senior editor and editor-at-large at Saturday Night magazine, but she also wrote hundreds of major articles in magazines such as Maclean’s and Saturday Night and features in newspapers such as the Globe and Mail as well as being a committed and accomplished television documentarian.

One of the select recipients of the National Magazine Foundation Award for outstanding lifetime achievement, Moon was a senior editor for the creative non-fiction and cultural journalism Program at The Banff Centre From 1992 to 1998.

A native of St. Catharines, she graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto and got her start in magazines with Maclean’s in 1948, as virtually a go-fer, but was soon sharing its pages with other heavy hitters in the magazine’s golden age — Pierre Berton Robert Fulford, June Callwood, Ken Lefoli, Peter Gzowski and Peter C. Newman.”

Moon wrote and edited numerous books, including: To Arrive Where You Are: Literary Journalism from The Banff Centre for the Arts (co-editor) and Taking Risks: Literary Journalism from the Edge (co-editor).