David Gilmour (writer)

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David Gilmour
Born (1949-12-22) December 22, 1949 (age 65)
London, Ontario
Residence Toronto
Alma mater University of Toronto
Occupation academic, former broadcaster
Spouse(s) Anne Mackenzie 1980-1984, divorced
Maggie Huculak 1985-?
Tina Gladstone ?-present[1]
Children Maggie and Jesse (b. 1985)[2]

David Gilmour BA Hons (French), BEd (born 22 December 1949) is a Canadian fiction novelist, former television journalist, film festival member and visiting lecturer at the University of Toronto.

Early life[edit]

Gilmour was born in London, Ontario and later moved to Toronto for schooling (He is a graduate of Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto).

He became managing editor of the Toronto International Film Festival in 1980, and held the post for four years. In 1986, he joined CBC Television as a film critic for The Journal, eventually becoming host of the program's Friday night arts and entertainment magazine. In 1990, he began hosting Gilmour on the Arts, an arts magazine series on CBC Newsworld.


He left the CBC in 1997 to concentrate on his writing. His 2005 novel A Perfect Night to Go to China won the 2005 Governor General's Award for English fiction, and was longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Award.

In June 2007, Gilmour won two gold National Magazine Awards for his essay "My Life with Tolstoy"[3] which appeared in The Walrus magazine.[4]

Gilmour is a Pelham Edgar Professor of Literary Studies at Victoria College at the University of Toronto (but is not a tenured professor with the Department of English)[5]) since 2006.

Views on authors[edit]

On September 25, 2013 a magazine interview with Gilmour by Emily M. Keeler exposed some of his literary views.[6] The interview and contentious views he expressed therein were quickly covered by various media.[7] He stated that he does not teach works written by women, gay individuals or those of Chinese ethnicity [8] Gilmour is quoted as saying: "What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys".[9] The articles also state that when students want to read about women or any of those authors that he has excluded from his curriculum, he directs them to another tutor. He however acknowledged that he does teach one short story by Virginia Woolf as an exception. This has led to a backlash from University of Toronto students and from the school's acting chair of the Department of English.[10]




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