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David Gilmour (writer)

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David Gilmour
Born (1949-12-22) December 22, 1949 (age 74)
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Occupation(s)Academic, novelist, former broadcaster
Spouse(s)Anne Mackenzie 1980–1984, divorced
Maggie Huculak 1985-?
Tina Gladstone ?-present[1]

David Gilmour (born 22 December 1949) is a Canadian fiction novelist, former television journalist, film critic, and former professor 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 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 was a Professor of Literary Studies at Victoria College at the University of Toronto and taught Creative Writing and Literature from 2006 to 2021.[5]


In 2013, Gilmour told Hazlitt magazine that he could only teach the people he loved to read and "none of those happen to be Chinese, or women. … Except for Virginia Woolf." Gilmour said his favourite writers were "very serious heterosexual guys. Elmore Leonard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy guys."[6][7] Gilmour said that his remarks were misrepresented.[8] In response, Hazlitt blog released the full transcript of the interview.[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. ^ Zoe Lazaris and Sam Rosati Martin/The Strand. "The Legacy of Discrimination in David Gilmour's Classroom". Retrieved 22 January 2022.
  6. ^ Keeler, Emily M. (25 September 2013). "David Gilmour on Building Strong Stomachs | Hazlitt". Hazlitt. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  7. ^ Bury, Liz (27 September 2013). "Canadian author David Gilmour sparks furore over female writers". the Guardian. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  8. ^ Barton, Adriana (25 September 2013). "David Gilmour responds after remarks on female writers spark outrage". Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  9. ^ "The Gilmour Transcript". Hazlitt. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  10. ^ "David Gilmour apologizes". CBC. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2018.

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