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 Post
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. 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
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.Mr. Gilmour's latest novel, Extraordinary
, was published by HarperCollins in September, 2013.
He currently teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Toronto.