Saeko Usukawa, who was an editorial director at Douglas & McIntyre for almost 30 years, died on July 5, 2009 at age 63. At D&M, Usukawa edited many important Canadian books by authors such as Wayson Choy, Sky LEE, Douglas Coupland and Hilary Stewart. In 2007, Saeko received the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence for her work on Abstract Painting in Canada by Roald Nasgaard.

Usukawa also edited Sound Heritage: Voices from British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre, 1984), a compilation of excerpts from the series of books produced by the Sound Heritage program in Victoria, and she co-authored Tales in the Saddle: Great Lines from Classic Westerns (Greystone, 1997) with filmmaker Peggy Thompson, also her partner for thirty years. They also collaborated to produce Hard-Boiled: Great Lines from Classic Noir Films (Chronicle Books, 1995).

[BCBW 2009] "Film" "Editor"

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Sound Heritage: Voices from British Columbia