Two pillars of Publishers Weekly's editorial team over the past quarter-century and more are leaving the company: Peter Cannon, senior reviews editor, and Calvin Reid, senior news editor, have retired after 23 and 36 years, respectively.
Both leave the publication as giants in their own genres and publishing segments. Cannon's keen eye for books in the crime, mystery, and thriller space has defined PW's industry-leading review coverage of those genres over the past decades, while Reid's early trade coverage of, and support for, comics and graphic novels as part of the trade book business helped cement both as a major part of today's publishing landscape.
Cannon joined PW in 2000 as a part-time mystery reviews editor, going full-time in 2003. When he started, he said, “I knew virtually nothing about mysteries. I was a Sherlock Holmes fan and had read a few of the classics, but I’d never, for example, heard of a cozy, in which typically the relationship between the sleuth and her cat is as important as the crime solving.”
After adding thrillers to his purview in 2007, “a publicist urged me to try Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series, about an honest Berlin police detective in Nazi Germany,” which started a passion for the genre that now extends to such major contemporary authors as Lee Child and Anthony Horowitz. “As a regular attendee at the annual Edgars and Thrillerfest awards ceremonies, and in my dealings with all the fine people at such publishers as Minotaur, Mysterious, Soho, and Pegasus, I came to appreciate the larger community of mystery and thriller writers, so welcoming and supportive of those starting out in the field,” Cannon said. “It’s been my pleasure and privilege to be a part of that world.”
Executive editor Jonathan Segura, who runs the reviews department at PW, said: “We’ll never be able to replace Peter. He’s a legend here and in the mystery and thriller community, and he’s been a mentor for many of the editors who have come through here. Having worked alongside him for many, many years, I can confirm he’s also a great guy with a sharp, dry wit. It’s impossible to overstate how much he’ll be missed.”
Reid joined PW in 1987 as assistant news editor after working for nearly five years as a typist/production editor at PW’s former sister publication, Library Journal. He worked as the assistant to longtime PW news editor Madalynne Reuter, and was promoted to associate editor in 1988; he continued to grow the magazine’s comics coverage with the help of freelance pop culture journalist Douglas Wolk, who was instrumental in the early expansion of PW’s coverage of graphic novel publishing. In addition, Reid was active in covering small press and indie publishing (including editing the former Publishers Briefly small press column for several years) in addition to his longtime coverage of African American publishing.
By 2005, Reid was senior news editor. In that same year, he was named coeditor (along with Heidi MacDonald) of PW Comics Week, a weekly newsletter on graphic novel publishing, which later became PW Comics World, a twice-a-month newsletter. In 2011 Reid became cohost (along with MacDonald and producer Kate Fitzsimons) on More to Come, PW’s weekly podcast on comics and graphic novel publishing. He edits PW's pop culture newsletter, the Fanatic, and will continue to write and edit for the publication.
“This is my 30th year at PW, and during that entire time, Calvin has been a trusted friend and colleague,” editorial director Jim Milliot said. “He has covered every kind of publishing story imaginable and attended too many conventions and events to count, and along the way collecting thousands of friends. Happily, he will continue to freelance for us even as he reads even more graphic novels.”