Camilla Gibb

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Camilla Gibb
Born (1968-02-20) February 20, 1968 (age 47)
London, England
Alma mater American University in Cairo
University of Toronto
Oxford University
Genre Novelist

Camilla Gibb (born February 20, 1968) is an English-born Canadian writer who currently resides in Toronto.

Born in London, England, she grew up in Toronto, Ontario and studied at the North Toronto Collegiate Institute and the Jarvis Collegiate Institute. She studied at the American University in Cairo before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from University of Toronto and a Doctor of Philosophy in social anthropology from University of Oxford.[1] She left academia in 2000 in order to pursue writing full-time.

Gibb gained recognition as a writer with the publication of her first novel, Mouthing the Words, in 1999. In 2000, the novel won Gibb the City of Toronto Book Award, and in 2001, she won the CBC Canadian Literary Award for short fiction.[1]

Gibb's second novel, The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life, was published in August 2002.[1]

Gibb's third novel, Sweetness in the Belly (2005), is set against the backdrop of the Ethiopian Revolution and largely takes place in the ancient walled city of Harar. It was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2005, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award and won the Trillium Award for best book in Ontario in 2006.

Her fourth novel, The Beauty of Humanity Movement, was published in Canada in September 2010, and the US and the UK in spring 2011.

Gibb's memoir, This Is Happy, was released in Canada on August 18, 2015.[2]

An out lesbian, she was formerly married to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation executive Heather Conway.[2] This Is Happy focuses in part on the breakup of their marriage,[2] and the resulting return of Gibb's lifelong battle with bipolar disorder.[2]


  • Mouthing the Words (Willian Heinemann/Vintage UK, 1999)
  • The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life (Anchor Canada, 2002, Vintage UK)
  • Sweetness in the Belly (Doubleday Canada, 2005, William Heinemann/Vintage UK, Penguin Press US)
  • The Beauty of Humanity Movement (Doubleday Canada, 2010, Atlantic Books UK, Penguin Press US)
  • This is Happy (Doubleday Canada, 2015)


  1. ^ a b c Canadian Who's Who. University of Toronto Press. 2004. p. 478. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Camilla Gibb carves out her own kind of happy". Toronto Star, August 22, 2015.

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