Richard King

I am a writer who has worked in the book industry for almost thirty years. I have published two novels:  A DEATH AT THE UNIVERSITY and ACCOUNTING FOR CRIME.

Prior to becoming a writer I was a bookseller. I began my career as a bookseller at Classic Bookshops in Montreal. While at Classics I managed the company’s main store in Montreal. Following that I became the territorial manager for Eastern Canada and the United States. In that capacity I supervised the management of bookstores from Ottawa to St-John’s in Canada and in New York City, Cleveland and Palm Beach in the United States.

I left Classics in 1981 to co-found Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore. Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore innovated many of the ideas that are now common to Canadian bookselling. Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore was one of the first to have a café in the store and I created the Books & Breakfast series of events that successfully provides a showcase for writers.

Following the sale of Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore in the year 2000 I have been a self-employed businessman. I owned and managed companies that held real estate, a day spa and a tutorial centre.

I have served on the board of directors of the Canadian Booksellers Association including one term as its president. As president of the CBA I devoted the majority of my time to government relations.

I served one year on the National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Before going into the book business I did graduate work in French History.

Twice a week I appear on CBC in Montreal where I report on books.