news | Wednesday July 2, 2014

Long-Time Talonbooks Owner and Publisher Karl Siegler Made Member of Order of Canada

Karl Siegler, long-time publisher of Talonbooks, has been made a member of the Order of Canada for his “tireless promotion of Canada’s small publishing houses and for his efforts to safeguard their interests and welfare.” We at Talonbooks couldn’t be more pleased at this appointment. Congratulations to Karl!

Siegler joined Talonbooks as business manager in 1974. He assumed editorial responsibilities in 1979 and was publisher from 1984 to 2011, when he retired with his wife, Christy, Talon’s long-standing production manager and administrator. Together they developed the diverse list that brought Talon to the forefront of Canadian literary publishing. Throughout his career, Karl served numerous times as president of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, the Literary Press Group, and the Association of Canadian Publishers. Karl and Christy Siegler now live in Powell River, British Columbia.

Established in 1967, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society and 6,000 people in total have been invested in the Order. All Canadians, except for federal and provincial politicians and judges still in office, are eligible. Levels of appointment are member, officer and companion.

For more on this year’s Order of Canada appointees, see the Vancouver Sun,, or the Governor General’s news release itself.

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