He published a family memoir, The Danger Tree, (published as Come From Away in the US) in 1991. His debut novel, 1999's Summer Gone, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and was a winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award.
Macfarlane was employed as an arts columnist for The Globe and Mail until 2003.
- The Danger Tree (1991)
- Summer Gone (1999)
- Fishwrap (2005)
- "Randomhouse Biography: David MacFarlane". Retrieved 2007-01-24.