David Gilmour (writer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
David Gilmour
Born (1949-12-22) December 22, 1949 (age 68)
London, Ontario
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
OccupationAcademic, novelist, former broadcaster
Spouse(s)Anne Mackenzie 1980–1984, divorced
Maggie Huculak 1985-?
Tina Gladstone ?-present[1]
ChildrenMaggie and Jesse (b. 1985)[1]

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.[2]

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 show. In 1990, he began hosting Gilmour on the Arts, an arts show 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 International Dublin Literary 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 Professor of Literary Studies at Victoria College at the University of Toronto and has taught Creative Writing and Literature since 2006.

In 2013, Gilmour caused an uproar when he admitted to reporter Emily M. Keeler of Random House's Hazlitt blog that he doesn't teach literature by "Chinese, or women", stating, "I'm not interested in teaching books by women. Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer, so I do teach one of her short stories. But once again, when I was given this job I said I would only teach the people that I truly, truly love. Unfortunately, none of those happen to be Chinese, or women... What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys. F Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys. Henry Miller. Philip Roth."[5][6] He later back-tracked his remarks, while blaming Keeler for "misrepresenting" him.[7] In response, Hazlitt blog released the full transcript of the interview.[8] In the fall of 2014, one of Gilmour's English courses included multiple female authors.[9] In an interview in 2017 Gilmour apologized for his previous remarks.[10]




  1. ^ a b "David Gilmour". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  2. ^ David Gilmour's entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  3. ^ The Walrus » David Gilmour » My Life with Tolstoy » Memoir Archived 2010-01-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Paula E. Kirman/Calypso Communications and Consulting. "David Gilmour: a website". Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  5. ^ Keeler, Emily M. (25 September 2013). "David Gilmour on Building Strong Stomachs | Hazlitt". Hazlitt. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  6. ^ Bury, Liz (27 September 2013). "Canadian author David Gilmour sparks furore over female writers". the Guardian. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  7. ^ Barton, Adriana (25 September 2013). "David Gilmour responds after remarks on female writers spark outrage". Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  8. ^ "The Gilmour Transcript". Hazlitt. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  9. ^ Chiose, Simona (12 September 2014). "Gilmour returns to teaching at U of T after row over female writers". Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  10. ^ "David Gilmour apologizes". CBC. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2018.

External links[edit]