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Program(s): Creative Writing - Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry

Don Gillmor

Don Gillmor is an award-winning Canadian novelist, journalist and children's book author. His new novel Long Change (2015, Random House) examines the world of oil through the life and loves of one man; both stories are epic.

His previous novel, Mount Pleasant (2013, Random House), is a darkly comic meditation on privilege and debt set in contemporary Toronto, and his first novel, the critically acclaimed Kanata (2009, Penguin), dealt with the whole sweep of Canadian history. 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. His journalism and criticism have appeared in The Walrus, where he was a senior editor; Saturday Night and Toronto Life, where he was a contributing editor; and Rolling Stone, GQ, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star, among other publications. He has won ten National Magazine Awards and numerous other honours. He lives in Toronto.

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Don Gillmor