Don Gillmor

About Don Gillmor

Don Gillmor

Don Gillmor is the author of Mount Pleasant (March, 2013, Random House) a novel set in contemporary Toronto. His first novel Kanata (2009, Penguin) dealt with the whole of Canadian history and was critically acclaimed. He is also the author of a two-volume history of Canada, Canada: A People’s History, and three other books of non-fiction, The Desire of Every Living Thing, Stratford Behind the Scenes, and I Swear by Apollo.

He has written nine books for children, two of which were nominated for a Governor General’s Award. He has worked as a journalist and was a senior editor at Walrus magazine, and a contributing editor at both Saturday Night and Toronto Life magazine. He has won ten National Magazine Awards and numerous other honours. He lives in Toronto.

Praise for Mount Pleasant

"Mount Pleasant is an exceptionally well-crafted book, one especially entertaining for Torontonians since the city becomes one of Gillmor’s most recognizable characters."
Review by Jennifer Hunter - Toronto Star | April 8, 2013 | Read Online

"We will be forever in Don Gillmor's debt"
Review by John Barber - Globe & Mail | April 4, 2013 | Read Online

"It’s a great social novel, of the kind people are often complaining we don’t have enough of, but it’s also a tragicomedy of manners tinged with a real sense of loss."
Review by Alex Good - National Post | April 3, 2013 | Read Online

"In his new novel, Mount Pleasant, Don Gillmor writes the perfect, hilarious send-up of the Toronto obsession with money, real estate and status."
Review by Sarah Hampson - Globe & Mail | March 29, 2013 | Read Online

"[Mount Pleasant is] a great howling tantrum of a performance, biting, fearful, despairing, and suffused with nearly equal measures of rage and resignation.

Review by Brett Josef Grubisic - Vancouver Sun | April 5, 2013 Read Online

"Don Gillmor has given the best and worst of us something truly valuable to invest in: an excoriating - and exhilerating - wake-up call."

Review by James Fitzgerald - Literary Review of Canada | May, 2013

 

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Mount Pleasant

In middle age, debt has become the most significant relationship in Harry Salter's life. He was born to wealthy parents in leafy and privileged Rosedale, at a time when the city was still defined by its WASP elite. But nothing in life has turned out the way Harry was led to expect. He's unsure of his place in society, his marriage is crumbling, his son is bordering on estranged, and on top of it all his father is dying.

As he sits at his father's bedside, Harry inevitably daydreams about his inheritance. A couple of his father's millions would rescue him from his ballooning debt--maybe even save his marriage. But when the will is read, all that's left for Harry is $4200. Dale Salter's money is gone. Out of desperation and disbelief, Harry starts to dig into what happened to the money. As he follows a trail strewn with family secrets and unsavoury suspicions, he discovers not only that old money has lost its grip and new money taken on an ugly hue, but that his whole existence been cast into shadow by the weight of his expectations.

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Advance Praise for Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant

Coming in march, 2103

A wisely, darkly, deeply, hysterically funny novel.... I could have read a thousand pages of Harry Salter's insights into the absurd and terrifying enlightenments of middle age."
Linden MacIntyre, award-winning author of Why Men Lie and The Bishop's Man

Freedom’s Walter Berglund, Richler’s Barney, and The Descendant’s Matt King invite a fourth for poker—Harry Salter, hard-wired for irony and marital/parental post mortems.  Don Gillmor’s beautifully written Mount Pleasant is a brilliant comic autopsy of Toronto, the financial tsunami, and a generation—or two.  You’re going to be absolutely wild about Harry!  
Linda Svendsen

PRAISE FOR KANATA

Kanata

Published in 2009

“Don Gillmor dares to write nothing less than the history of the nation in novel form. Gillmor’s style – direct, wry and dramatically astute – might reasonably be described as Pierre Berton by way of Don DeLillo and HBO.”
Toronto Star

“Don Gillmor may well have written ‘The Great Canadian Novel’ here. He has shown Canadians their country as never before seen or imagined. Brilliantly written, Kanata is a breathtaking achievement.”
Roy MacGregor

“Unforgettable [and] stunning. Gillmor has such a firm grip on his factual material and the story he’s created to link those facts together.”
Edmonton Journal

“With the bravura of E.L. Doctorow and the elemental force of Cormac McCarthy, Kanata captures the heartbeat of a continent, in a language as visceral and raw as the landscape and lives it chronicles. This is history made flesh, unerring in its portrait of how we make history and are made by it.”
Nino Ricci, author of The Origin of Species

Non Fiction

Stratford Behind the Scenes

Stratford Behind the Scenes

Published in 2012

By Don Gillmor

Photography by Erin Samuell

More information coming soon

 

Insight and On Site

Insight and On Site

Published in 2008

By Donald Schmitt, Jack Diamond
With: Don Gillmor

Excerpt from Chapters/Indigo

Over the past 30 years, Diamond and Schmitt Architects, one of the world's leading architecture firms, has produced a portfolio that reflects their core belief in the importance of content and context in architecture. Buildings should live in their environments, not be set apart.

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Praise for Canada: A People's History

Canada: A People's History

Published in 2001

Winner of the Libris Award, Non-Fiction Book of the Year

“A gorgeous book, written in elegant prose.”
National Post

Canada: A People’s History succeeds brilliantly. This is a remarkably beautiful book, full of colour illustrations, clear maps and detailed captions. The poring over archival records adds splendid fresh material.”
Jack Granatstein, Globe and Mail

PRAISE FOR CANADA: A PEOPLE’S HISTORY

Canada: A People's History

Published in 2000

Winner of the Libris Award, Non-Fiction Book of the Year

“A gorgeous book, written in elegant prose.”
National Post

Canada: A People’s History succeeds brilliantly. This is a remarkably beautiful book, full of colour illustrations, clear maps and detailed captions. The poring over archival records adds splendid fresh material.”
Jack Granatstein, Globe and Mail

PRAISE FOR THE DESIRE OF EVERY LIVING THING

The Desire of Every Living Thing

Published in 1999

Shortlisted for the 1999 Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
A Best Book of 1999, The Globe and Mail

“This book reminds us why stories matter, why recording them, whether as fiction or as personal narratives, is important in recovering the past to illuminate the present … It is a testament, a revealing account of the making of Canada.”
The Globe and Mail

“A vivid and touching memoir.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“Beautifully written, concise and funny.”
 Montreal Gazette

“A finely woven tapestry of rumination and remembrance … Gillmor has polished the art of memoir to a burnished perfection … Poignant and self-assured … a gem of the genre, elegant, moving and warmly witty.”
The London Free Press

I Swear by Apollo

Published in 1988

Information coming soon.

 

Journalism

To read Don's published articles on The Walrus please start here on their web site

Childrens Books

Praise For The Time Time Stopped

The Time Time Stopped

Published in 2011

Finalist for the Silver Birch Express Award

“Don Gillmor captivates young readers with his humorous approach to childhood realities…Creatively written for young readers, The Time Time Stopped is an entertaining read for young students.”
Resource Links, December 2011


“Told with Gillmor’s signature humour and sense of the absurd, this book also has some very wise things to say about time and humans’ attitudes towards it.  A splendid book for readers from Grade 4!”
FernFolio (blog), January 28th 2012 | Read Online


“Gillmor's ever-present wit reminds us of our powerful relationship with time… The book's poignant message in these times of overworked parents, over-scheduled children and a nebulous future makes it an exceptional nominee for this year's Silver Birch Express Award.”
CanLit for Little Canadians (blog), December 19th 2011 | Read Online


“Don Gillmor has created an interesting story around the question of time.”
CM, December 9th 2011 | Read Online


“Some of Gillmor's humour may be appreciated more by adults than young readers but his scenes at Tristan's school and with Bella will ring true.”
Winnipeg Free Press, “Put a few quiet moments under the tree.” December 10th 2011 | Read Online

Praise for The Boy Who Ate The World

Boy Who Ate The World

Published in 2008

Translated into French and Chinese.

Reviewed by The Quill & Quire.

Excerpt:

Don Gillmor’s delightfully alarming new picture book begins with the absurd premise that a boy could eat up so much of the world that “The earth wasn't even round any more. It was shaped like a banana. There wasn't much left, and it was going fast.” Young Herman is a giant baby who keeps getting bigger and bigger as he devours all the food around him, then buildings and towns, lakes, countries, and continents. Fortunately, the resourceful and courageous Sarah finds a way to get the world back again.

Greed and runaway appetite are topics we can all relate to, and adults may find uncomfortable parallels to the consumption-based lifestyle of our own society, particularly as Herman eats up Africa with a bit of peanut butter. But the book’s moral message is implied rather than stated, and the story also works as an appealing nonsense tale.

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Praise for Sophie And The Sea Monster

Sophie and the Sea Monster

Published in 2005

Nominated for the Blue Spruce Award and Silver Willow Award

Translated into French and Chinese.

Reviewed by The Quill & Quire

Excerpt:

Sophie worries about everything, particularly the moon falling from the sky. When her brother tells her there’s a sea monster under her bed, she’s really worried. She finally finds the courage to check, and discovers there really is a sea monster under her bed! But this monster is as frightened of everything as she is – particularly about the moon falling from the sky. Although the sea monster would much rather stay beneath the bed dancing and singing and eating socks, Sophie lures him out, reading him stories, taking him to the park and the museum, and finally dancing with him on the moonlit beach, where they dare the moon to fall. At dawn the sea monster says farewell and slips into the water. Sophie returns home, her fears gone.

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Praise for Yuck, a love story

Yuck, a love story

Published in 2000

Winner of the Governor General’s Award for illustration.

Shortlisted for the Torgi Award.

Nominated for the Prix de l’incorruptible (France) as Beurk! Une Histoire d’Amour.

Translated into French, Spanish, Danish, Korean, and sold in 9 countries.

“Gillmor has taken a relatively simple boy-meets-girl kind of story and given it new life with his ironic eye and comic’s gift of timing.”
Quill and Quire

Praise for The Christmas Orange

The Christmas Orange

Published in 1998

Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature
Quill & Quire bestseller list

“Don Gillmor’s The Christmas Orange, shortlisted for its writing, is a book that’s about as funny as a Christmas book can get.”
Edmonton Journal

“Don Gillmor’s latest picture book is an irresistibly funny, read aloud, not just for Christmas yarn.”
Children’s Book News

Gillmor’s prose seizes control of the reader’s funny bone and does not let go until the very last page… This is a Christmas book not quite like the others. Highly recommended.”
Canadian Book Review Annual

Praise for The Fabulous Song

The Fabulous Song

Published in 1995

Winner of the Mr. Christie Book Award

Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Children’s Literature

Honor Title Storytelling World Awards (U.S.)

Praise for When Vegetables Go Bad!

When Veggies Go Bad

Published in 1994

Winner of the Torgi Award

When Vegetables Go Bad! is a delectable book, and the illustrations by the extraordinary Marie-Louise Gay only add to the delight. When Vegetables Go Bad is a superb picture book sure to appeal to vegetable lovers and haters alike.”
Books in Canada

Praise for The Trouble With Justin

Published in 1993

Torgi Award nominee

 

Awards

  • 1987: nomination; Western Magazine Awards, Commentary; "America Writ Small" Last  Issue
  • 1988: Prix Jean-Charles Page (medical journalism) "Psychiatric Hubris" Vie a Montreal
  • 1989: Western Magazine Award; "The Cowboy Boot" West Magazine
  • 1990: Author's Award for Arts Journalism; "Back in the Saddle" Saturday Night Magazine
  • 1990: Author's Award for Arts Journalism; "The Reincarnation of Kathryn Dawn" Saturday Night
  • 1991: National Magazine Award, silver, for Environmental Journalism; "A Fine Kettle of Fish"  Equinox
  • 1991: Author's Award for Arts Journalism; "Concrete Errors" Saturday Night
  • 1992: National Magazine Award, silver, for Business Journalism; "Dangerous Liasons" Saturday Night
  • 1993: National Magazine Award; honourable mention,  Profiles; "Don Cherry Unleashed" Saturday Night
  • 1994: National Magazine Award for Travel Journalism, silver; "Shetland Shores" Destinations
  • 1995: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Arts and Entertainment journalism; "Satisfaction" Saturday Night
  • 1995: nomination for Torgi Award given by the Canadian Institute for the Blind for children's literature; The Trouble With Justin
  • 1996: Torgi Award (from the CNIB) for children's literature, When Vegetables Go Bad!
  • 1996: Governor General's Award; shortlist for children's literature for The Fabulous Song.
  • 1997: Storytelling World Awards (United States); Honor title, The Fabulous Song
  • 1997: Mr. Christie Book Award; The Fabulous Song
  • 1997: National Magazine Award, gold, Public Affairs and Social Issues, "The Punishment Station" Toronto Life
  • 1998: National Magazine Award; honourable mention, Arts and Entertainment; "All  the Rage" Saturday Night
  • 1999: National Magazine Award, silver, Investigative Reporting, "Fire Alarm" Toronto Life
  • 1999: National Magazine Award, silver, Social Affairs, "Killing Cousins" Toronto Life
  • 1999: National Magazine Award, honourable mention; Investigative Reporting, "Killing Cousins" Toronto Life
  • 1999: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Fiction, "Gubermann" Toronto Life
  • 1999: Governor General's Award, shortlist, children's literature, The Christmas Orange
  • 2000: Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, shortlist, special citation, The Desire of Every Living Thing
  • 2000: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Personal Journalism, "Semi-Detached" Toronto Life
  • 2000: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Social Affairs, "Semi-Detached" Toronto Life
  • 2000: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Sports and Recreation, "On the Rebound" Saturday Night
  • 2001: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Editorial Package "Cops" Toronto Life
  • 2001: Libris Award, Non-Fiction Book of the Year, Canada: A People's History
  • 2001: Torgi Award, honourable mention; Yuck, A Love Story
  • 2001: Prix de l'incorruptible (France); nomination Beurk! une Histoire d'Amour (Yuck, A  Love Story)
  • 2002: NationalMagazine Award, honourable mention, Politics and Public Issues "Eating Our Young," Toronto Life
  • 2002: Nomination; Pearson Canada Reader's Choice Award, The Fabulous Song
  • 2003: National Magazine Award, Honourable mention, Society, `Farm Fatale Toronto life
  • 2003: National Magazine Award, Honourable mention, Arts and Entertainment, `The Big Picture` 
  • 2003: Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Calgary 
  • 2004: National Magazine Award, Honourable mention, Arts and Entertainment:     ‘Anatomy of a Best Seller’ 
  • 2004: National Magazine Award, Honourable mention, Society, “Surreal Estate.” 
  • 2005: National Magazine Award, Honorable Mention, Social Affairs, “The Next SARS”
  • 2006: National Magazine Award, Silver, One of a Kind, “Terminal Velocity”  
  • 2006: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Essays, “America the Beautiful”  
  • 2006: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Travel, “America the Beautiful” 
  • 2006: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Politics and Public Interest, “Shifting Sands” 
  • 2006: National Magazine Award, honourable mention, Business, “Shifting Sands” 
  • 2007; Blue Spruce Award, Nomination, Sophie and the Sea Monster
  • 2007: Silver Willow Award, Nomination, Sophie and the Sea Monster 
  • 2007: National Magazine Award, Silver, Lifestyle, “Domestic Terroir” 
  • 2007: National Magazine Award, Nomination, Business, “Domestic Terroir” 
  • 2007: National Magazine Award, Nomination, Humour, “A Billion Little Pieces” 
  • 2008: National Magazine Award, Gold, Politics and Public Affairs, “Once Upon a Country” Walrus
  • 2008: National Magazine Award, Gold (shared) Editorial Package, The Future of Food, Report on Business 
  • 2008: National Magazine Award, Honourable mention, Short Feature, Killer Tomatoes, Toronto Life 
  • 2009: National Magazine Award, Honourable Mention, Essays, “The Events Leading up to Sir Norman Foster” Walrus Magazine
  • 2009: National Magazine Award, Honourable Mention, Personal Journalism, “Shelter From the Storm” Walrus Magazine
  • 2009: National Magazine Award, Honourable Mention, Travel, “Paradise Found” EnRoute Magazine
  • 2010: National Magazine Award, Honourable Mention, Arts and Entertainment, “That Old Flame” Walrus
  • 2010: National Magazine Award, Honourable Mention, One of a Kind, “Bush Agonistes” Report on Business
  • 2012: Silver Birch Express Award, Finalist, The Time Time Stopped
  • 2012: National Magazine Award, Gold, Arts and Entertainment, “All In” Eighteen Bridges
  • 2012: National Magazine Award, Personal Journalism, Honourable Mention, “All In,” Eighteen Bridges
  • 2012: National Magazine Award, Profiles, Honorable Mention, “Munsch’s Monsters,” Toronto Life

Curriculum Vitae

Education - Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of Calgary 1977

 

Books

  • I Swear By Apollo: Dr. Ewen Cameron and the CIA Brainwashing Experiments Eden Press 1988
  • The Desire of Every Living Thing, Random House 1999
  • Canada: A People's History, Volume I, McClelland & Stewart 2000
  • Canada: A People's History, Volume II, McClelland & Stewart 2001
  • Insight and On Site (with Jack Diamond and Don Schmitt) Douglas & McIntyre, 2008 
  • Kanata (novel) Penguin, November, 2009
  • Stratford Behind the Scenes, May, 2012 
  • Mount Pleasant (novel) Random House, March, 2013

 

Children’s Books

  • The Trouble With Justin Groundwood Press 1993
  • When Vegetables Go Bad Doubleday 1994 (French edition published as Pas Encore Des Legumes!  by Heritage 1994, American edition published by Firefly)
  • The Fabulous Song Stoddart 1995 (Danish edition published as Den Magelose Melodi by Borgen 1996, American edition by Kane Miller, rights sold to Australia, New Guinea)
  • The Fabulous Song, Secret Mountain 2005, book and CD, English and French editions
  • The Christmas Orange, Stoddart 1998 (rights sold to the U.S., Australia, New Guinea, school edition published by Scholastic Press)
  • Yuck, A Love Story, Stoddart 2000 (rights sold to Australia, New Guinea, Korea, published in France by Milan, school edition published by Scholastic Press, Danish edition by Borgen, Spanish edition by Planeta)
  • Sophie and the Seamonster, Scholastic, 2005
  • Sophie et le monster sous le lit, Scholastic
  • The Boy Who Ate the World, Scholastic, 2008
  • Le garcon qui avala le monde. Scholastic, 2008 (French version)
  • The Time Time Stopped, Scholastic, 2011

 

Anthologies

  • “Clues" in The Thinking Heart: Best Canadian Essays; Quarry Press 1991
  • "Going Native" in The Broadview Reader second edition 1992
  • "A Day at the Races" in Sports Compendium edited by Trent Frayne; Doubleday 1996
  • "All the Rage" in Canadian Communications: Issues in Contemporary Media and Culture, Prentice Hall 1999
  • "Home Movie" To Arrive Where You Are: Literary Journalism from the Banff Centre for the Arts Banff Centre Press 2000
  • "Can We Talk" in Canadian Communications: Issues in Contemporary Media and Culture, second edition, Prentice Hall 2000
  • ”A Room of One’s Own”, What I Meant to Say, Thomas Allen 2005

 

Memoir                     

  • "The Parting Shot" Saturday Night; September 1989
  • "Clues" Saturday Night; May 1990
  • "Working" Saturday Night June 1993
  • "Georgie's Secret" Saturday Night February 1996
  • "Home Movie" Saturday Night October 1998

 

Selected journalism

  • "Men or Mousketeers" Montreal Magazine (cover) Jan/Feb 1987
  • "Acetate Flash" Rolling Stone Sept 1987
  • "Psychiatric Hubris" Vie a Montreal Jan/Feb 1988
  • "Dubliner's Revisited"  GQ Magazine May 1988
  • "Idyll Curiosity" GQ Oct 1988
  • "Hurt and Turner on Tour" Rolling Stone Dec 1988
  • "The Shooting of J.J. Harper" Saturday Night Dec 1988
  • "A Brown Mean Time" Saturday Night Apr 1989
  • "Mordecai Richler Interview" Quill and Quire (cover) July 1989
  • "The People's Choice" Saturday Night Aug 1989
  • “Montages" Premiere Sept 1989
  • "Back in the Saddle" Saturday Night Oct 1989
  • "The Way They Win" Vista  (cover) Mar 1989
  • "Madame Butterfly" Saturday Night May 1990
  • "They Went That Way" Saturday Night Nov 1990
  • "The Reincarnation of Kathryn Dawn" Saturday Night (cover) June 1990
  • "A Fine Kettle of Fish" Equinox July 1990
  • "Love Among the Ruins" Saturday Night (cover) Sept 1990
  • "Concrete Errors" Saturday Night Sept 1990
  • "His Father's Shadow" Saturday Night Dec (cover) 1990
  • "Send in the Klowns" Saturday Night Sept 1991
  • "Always Elvis" Saturday Night March 1991
  • "Dangerous Liasons" Saturday Night Sept 1991
  • "Chief Justice" Saturday Night (cover) Mar 1992
  • "City That Canned Laughter" Saturday Night Apr 1992
  • "Recoil" Saturday Night May 1992
  • "On Golden Pond" Saturday Night June 1992
  • "Start Making Sense" Saturday Night Sept 1992
  • "Don Cherry Unleashed Saturday Night (cover) Oct 1992
  • "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" Toronto Life May 1993
  • "Shetland Shores" Destinations June 1993
  • "NATO Gazing" Saturday Night July/August 1993
  • "M. Dressup" Saturday Night April 1994
  • "Like Magic" Toronto Life April 1994
  • "Lucien in the Sky With Diamonds" Saturday Night (cover) June 1994
  • "Satisfaction" Saturday Night (cover) November 1994
  • "Even Cowgirls Get the Boos" Saturday Night June 1995
  • "The Sport of Kings" Toronto Life July 1995
  • "A Week in Provence" National Geographic Traveler Sept/Oct 1995
  • "Danish Modern" National Geographic Traveler Nov/Dec 1995
  • "The Punishment Station" Toronto Life January 1996
  • "Fast Forward" Toronto Life September 1996
  • "The Third Sex" Toronto Life January 1997
  • "All the Rage" Saturday Night April 1997
  • "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" Toronto Life July 1997
  • "Let's Make a Deal" Saturday Night July 1997
  • "Laugh, I Thought I'd Die" Saturday Night June 1998
  • "Fire Alarm" Toronto Life July 1998
  • "Killing Cousins" Toronto Life September 1998
  • "Can We Talk?" Bullard profile Saturday Night (cover) September 1998
  • "Fiddling Abroad" film column Saturday Night September 1998
  • "Satellite City" Toronto Life November 1998
  • "South Riverdale, Semi-detached" Toronto Life January 1999
  • "The Church of Krispy Kreme" Saturday Night (cover) August 19, 2000
  • "The Thick Blue Line" Toronto Life (cover) October, 2000
  • "On the Waterfront" Saturday Night (cover) May 19, 2001
  • "Eating Our Young" Toronto Life (cover) September, 2001
  • "The Big Picture" Toronto Life (cover) September 2002
  • "The Divine Miss M" Toronto Life October 2002
  • "Farm Fatale" Toronto Life November 2002
  • “Surreal Estate` Toronto Life (cover)February 2003                                      
  • “Anatomy of a Bestseller” Toronto Life September 2003
  • “The Book Thief” Toronto Life November 2003
  • “The Norman Invasion” EnRoute (cover) January 2004
  • “The Next SARS” Toronto Life (cover) February 2004
  • “The Libeskind Effect” Walrus March 2004 
  • “Joyous Sex” Walrus November, 2004
  • “Sex, Drugs and Lost Luggage” Toronto Life, (cover)Feb 2005
  • “Hockey and Myth” Walrus, February, 2005
  • “The Liebeskind Effect” Walrus (cover) April, 2005
  • “Massive Change” Saturday Night May 2005
  • “Shifting Sands” Walrus (cover) April 2005
  • “Wildwood Childhood Canadian Geographic April 2005
  • “Children’s books” Walrus June 2005
  • “America the Beautiful” Walrus 2005
  • “The Fog of Love” EnRoute (cover) February 2006
  • “Hong Kong goes King Kong” Walrus March 2006                                        
  • “Domestic Terroir” Walrus Sept 2006
  • “Stop Making Sense” Walrus November 2006
  • “Once Upon a Country” Walrus (cover)February 2007
  • “The Scarborough Curse” Toronto Life, December 2008
  • “The Events Leading Up to Sir Norman Foster” Walrus, (cover)Jan/Feb 2008                  
  • “The Longest Mall” Toronto Life, Feb 2008                      
  • “Shelter From the Storm” Walrus  July, 2008
  • “That Old Flame” Walrus May 2009 (cover)
  • “All In” Eighteen Bridges, Spring 2011
  • “Munsch’s Monsters, Toronto Life, 2011

 

Other Journalism

Canadian Geographic, Reader's Digest, The Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, National Post.

 

Selected Criticism 

  • Mao 11; Don DeLillo
  • Harlot's Ghost; Norman Mailer
  • The Journals of John Cheever
  • Talking it Over; Julian Barnes
  • Unto the Sons; Gay Talese
  • No Other Life; Brian Moore
  • Outerbridge Reach; Robert Stone
  • Seize the Moment; Richard Nixon
  • Very Old Bones; William Kennedy
  • Nothing But Blue Skies; Thomas McGuane
  • The Blue Afternoon; William Boyd
  • Gender Wars; Brian Fawcett
  • The Crossing; Cormac McCarthy
  • The Information; Martin Amis
  • Hiroshima in America; Robert Jay Lifton
  • The Double Tongue; William Golding
  • Kingsley Amis: A biography
  • The Secession of Quebec and the Future of Canada; Robert A. Young
  • Oswald's Tale; Norman Mailer
  • Hotel America; Lewis Lapham
  • In the Beauty of the Lilies; John Updike
  • Skagboys; Irvine Welsh

 

Globe & Mail, Montreal Gazette and Walrus Magazine

Between 1987-2008, I reviewed more than 150 books for the Globe and Mail, Saturday Night magazine,the National Post, the Montreal Gazette and Walrus Magazine.

 

Author Interviews

Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Matt Cohen, Don DeLillo, Richard Ford, Jim Harrison, Nancy Huston, Thomas McGuane, Jay McInerney, Brian Moore, Mordecai Richler, Graham Swift

 

Fiction

"Elvis and Me" Last Issue September 1987
"Scrabble" Vie à Montreal January 1988
"Gubermann" Toronto Life, August 1998
“Breaking and Entering” Maisonneuve 2010
                                         

Documentary

Co-writer and co-producer, "Dominion of the Air"; two hour documentary for CBC television. (2002)

 

Radio

Regular panelist on CBC’s “Talking Books”

 

Positions

  • Contributing editor Saturday Night (1989- 2002)
  • Contributing editor Toronto Life
  • Senior editor Walrus
  • Contributing editor Walrus
  • Editor, Literary Journalism Faculty, Banff Centre

Juries

  • QSpell Awards, 1990
  • Pearson Prize, 2003

Lectures

  • To the James McGill Society, McGill University, October 3, 1988; "Psychiatric Hubris: Dr. Ewen Cameron and the Allan Memorial Institute"
  • Carleton University Journalism School
  • Ryerson School of Journalism
  • Humber College School of Journalism
  • George Brown College, Creative Writing

Events and Appearances

Check back for information regarding author appearances and lectures.

  • April 21, reading in Port Hope, 2 pm at Furby House Books, 65 Walton Street
  • April 25, Hamilton reading, 7:00 pm at the Coach House, Dundurn Castle, 610 York Blvd, Hamilton
  • April 29, Waterloo reading, 7:00 pm at Wordsworth Books, 96 King Street S., Waterloo
  • Oct 24-Nov 3, International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront, Toronto, (time to be determined)

Contact Information

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Publisher at Random House Canada: (coming soon)