PATRICK CREAN has been in the book publishing business for 48 years. He began his career in 1971 when he joined McClelland & Stewart as a junior editor. Over the years, he has edited both fiction and non-fiction at General Publishing, Somerville House, Key Porter, Thomas Allen (where he was the publisher for 12 years), and currently with his own imprint at HarperCollins Canada. He has worked with hundreds of authors including Esi Edugyan, Austin Clarke, Barbara Gowdy, Zsuzsi Gartner, Charlotte Gill, Melanie Little, Caroline Adderson, Natalie Morrill, Ellen Keith, Rachel Giese, Sarah Selecky, Larissa Lai, Susan Swan, Greg Hollingshead, Leon Rooke, Jack Hodgins, David Gilmour, and Mark Anthony Jarman, among many others. His authors have won or been nominated for numerous literary awards, including winning three Giller Prizes and three Governor-General Awards, as well as two nominations for the Man Booker Prize. Noted for publishing original voices, fine writing, and uncommon ideas, he has tended to focus on literary fiction, culture and technology, metaphysics and philosophy, history and memoir. He is a member of the Board of the Humber School for Writers, as well as the Ryerson University Book Publishing Board. He is a past member of the Board of the Association for the Export of Canadian Books (AECB). In 2003, Patrick was awarded the Editor of the Year Libris Award by the Canadian Booksellers Association. Since 2012, he has taught courses in Book Publishing at Ryerson University. He has been part of the professional outreach and mentorship program (Quadrangle Society) at Massey College, University of Toronto, since 2004.