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"The Literary Scene Loses an Important Ally

It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death, on Feb. 14, of Judith Mappin, who helped put Canadian writing on the map and was a friend and loyal supporter of Blue Metropolis.

In 1974, along with Hélène Holden and Joan Blake, Judy founded the Double Hook Book Shop, which specialized in literature by Canadian writers. For many Montreal writers and readers, the Double Hook became a home away from home. The shop survived – and thrived – until 2005, when it closed its doors. That same year, Judy received a President's Award of Distinction from the Association of Canadian Publishers, and in 2008, was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2013, Blue Metropolis paid tribute to her with a special homage. Through her devotion to and passion for Canadian writing, Judy made a major contribution to Montreal’s literary scene, and more broadly, to Canadian publishing. "