Camilla Gibb

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Camilla Gibb
Camilla Gibb at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2015
Gibb at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2015
Born (1968-02-20) February 20, 1968 (age 50)
London, England
Alma mater American University in Cairo
University of Toronto
Oxford University
Genre Novelist
Children 1

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

Early life and education[edit]

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 in the US and the UK in spring 2011.

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

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Gibb separated from her partner, Heather Conway, after almost ten years together. Gibb was pregnant at the time; she later gave birth to a daughter.[2][3][4]


  • 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 Donaldson, Emily (August 22, 2015). "Camilla Gibb carves out her own kind of happy". The Star. Toronto. 
  3. ^ Houpt, Simon (July 25, 2014). "Does Heather Conway have what it takes to save the CBC ?". Coalition pour la diversité culturelle. Retrieved September 7, 2015.  Originally published in the Globe and Mail.
  4. ^ Demers, Patricia. "CanWWR: Biography of Camilla Gibb". Women Writing and Reading in Canada from 1950. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 

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