Margaret Gibson (writer)
June 4, 1948|
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
|Died||February 25, 2006
|Occupation||Short story writer, novelist|
|Notable works||The Butterfly Ward, Opium Dreams|
Margaret Gibson (June 4, 1948 – February 25, 2006) was a Canadian novelist and short story writer who lived in Toronto, Ontario.
Born and raised in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, the middle child of Audrey and Dane Gibson, Margaret Gibson began writing in the early 1970s to document her struggle with mental illness. Biographical references are, however, in conflict as to whether Gibson suffered from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Gibson was married in the early 1970s to Stuart Gilboord, with whom she had one son, Aaron. Following her divorce from Gilboord, Gibson moved in with her longtime friend, actor Craig Russell.
Gibson published her debut short story collection, The Butterfly Ward, in 1976. The book included the story "Making It", based on her experiences living with Russell, which was later made into the feature film Outrageous! by director Richard Benner. Hollis McLaren played "Liza Conners", the fictionalized version of Gibson, in that film. Benner also produced a sequel, Too Outrageous!, ten years later.
Gibson published three further collections of short stories before releasing her first novel, Opium Dreams, in 1997. Opium Dreams was a winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and Gibson subsequently published one more book.
In later years Gibson lived with Juris Rasa, her second husband.
She died in 2006 of breast cancer, aged 57.
Works about Margaret Gibson
- Her friend Stephen Jon Postal and his wife Guia Dino Postal chronicled Gibson's teenage life in the novel, Of Margaret and Madness: A Novel Inspired By True Events (ISBN 9781434332752).
- A made-for-TV-film, For the Love of Aaron, was produced in 1994 about her custody battle for her son, Aaron with her ex-husband, Stuart Gilboord; Gibson was portrayed by actress Meredith Baxter.
Writing about Margaret Gibson
In 2011, Vassar College's Powerhouse Theater produced David Solomon's play, Margaret and Craig, in workshop. The play was based on the writing of Craig Russell and Margaret Gibson.
- The Butterfly Ward – 1976
- Considering Her Condition – 1978
- Sweet Poison – 1993
- The Fear Room and Other Stories – 1996
- Opium Dreams – 1997 (winner of the 1997 Books in Canada First Novel Award)
- Desert Thirst – 1998