David Gilmour is a novelist who has earned the praise of literary figures as diverse as William Burroughs and Northrop Frye, and
publications ranging from The New York Times to People Magazine. His fourth novel, Lost Between Houses, was a national
bestseller in 1999 and was shortlisted for the prestigious Trillium Book Award. Sparrow Nights, his fifth novel, was published in 2001 by Random House to
excellent reviews in The Globe and Mail, The New York Times and Washington
For many years Mr. Gilmour was a fixture on Canadian television.
He was the national film critic for CBC television's The Journal and hosted his own talk show,
the award-winning Gilmour on the Arts. He was also the weekend
host for the Documentary Channel while programing and hosting Classic Films aboard Air Canada.
David has two children and lives in Toronto with his wife,
Tina Gladstone and her daughter Amelia. His sixth novel,
A Perfect Night to Go to China, won the 2005 Governor-General's
Award for fiction and has been translated into Russian, French,
Thai, Italian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Turkish, and Serbian.
In June of 2007, Gilmour won two gold National Magazine Awards for his
essay "My Life with Tolstoy" which appeared in The Walrus magazine.
The Film Club (2008) is a non-fiction account of what happened when he
let his teenage son drop out of school -- on condition that he watch three
movies a week with his father. The Film Club has been translated into
24 languages so far, including Japanese, Icelandic, Chinese, and Catalan
and was a bestseller in Germany, Brazil and Canada.
To view an interview with David by Steve Paikin at TVO about The Perfect Order of Things,
click here. As well, here is an interview with
David and his son Jesse about The Film Club.
Mr. Gilmour's latest novel, Extraordinary, will be published by HarperCollins in September, 2013.
He is currently the Pelham Edgar Professor of Literary Studies at Victoria College, University of Toronto.
Photo credit: Sandrine Expilly
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