January 22, 1931
- April 25, 1993
Doris Giller, who began
her career as a secretary with a supermarket chain, rose
to be a reporter and editor at three of Canada's major daily
newspapers and made her mark in Canada's literary community.
Born and raised in Montreal, Doris joined
the staff of the Montreal Star in 1963 as a reporter and
feature writer. With the Star until its demise in 1979,
Doris went on to hold positions as Night Editor and Lifestyles
Editor and became the first female Entertainment Editor
at the paper. In 1972, while Doris was in Israel, she acted
as the Star's Israeli correspondent, filing stories on events
including the impact of the Munich Olympic disaster on Israelis.
In 1981, Doris was hired as the Book Review
Editor at the Montreal Gazette, where she created an entirely
new and extensive Book Review section. During her four years
at the paper, Doris established a new standard for book
reviews and successfully initiated contributions from major
literary figures including Pierre Bourgault, Hugh MacLennan,
Irving Layton and Mordecai Richler.
Doris and her husband Jack Rabinovitch moved
to Toronto in 1985 and in 1988 Doris joined the Toronto
Star as Assistant Book Editor and launched her regular column,
Reading Habits, which became a mainstay of the Star book
After a struggle with cancer, Doris
Giller passed away on April 25, 1993.
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