Dennis Bock

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Dennis Bock (born August 28, 1964) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer, lecturer at the University of Toronto, travel writer and book reviewer. His novel Going Home Again was published in Canada by HarperCollins and in the US by Alfred A. Knopf in August 2013. It was shortlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Going Home Again earned a review in Kirkus Review.[1]

The Communist's Daughter, published by HarperCollins in Canada and Knopf in the US in 2006, and later in France, the Netherlands, Greece and Poland, is a retelling of the final years in the life of the Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune.[2]

His first novel, The Ash Garden, about various kinds of fallout from the Hiroshima bomb, was published in 2001, and was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the International Dublin Literary Award, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Regional Best Book). It won the 2002 Canada-Japan Literary Award and has been published in translation in Spain, Argentina, Japan, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France and Greece. Bock was reviewed in The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times (by Michiko Kakutani). His editor at Knopf, starting with The Ash Garden, is Gary Fisketjon.[3]

After serving as fiction editor at the literary journal Blood & Aphorisms and holding writing residences at Yaddo, the Banff Centre, and Fundacion Valparaiso, in Spain, Bock published his first book, a short story collection Olympia, in 1998, for which he won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best debut short story collection in Canada, the Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Award, and the Betty Trask Award in the UK.

His short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, The Journey Prize Anthology, and Coming Attractions. His travel writing and book reviews appear in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Washington Post, and Outpost Magazine.

Personal life[edit]

Dennis Bock was born August 28, 1964 in Belleville, Ontario. He studied English literature and philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, and took one year off during that time to live in Spain. After completing his degree he returned to Madrid, Spain, where he lived for 4 years. It was there he finished writing Olympia. Bock lives in Toronto and has two sons.[4] He teaches at the University of Toronto[5] and is on faculty at Humber College's School for Writers.[6]

Prizes and honours[edit]

Awards for Bock's writing
Year Title Award Result
1998 Olympia Danuta Gleed Literary Award Winner [7]
1998 Olympia Betty Trask Award Winner [citation needed]
1999 Olympia City of Toronto Book Award Shortlist [citation needed]
2001 The Ash Garden Books in Canada First Novel Award Shortlist [citation needed]
2001 The Ash Garden Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Regional Best Book Shortlist [citation needed]
2002 The Ash Garden Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize Shortlist [citation needed]
2002 The Ash Garden International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist [citation needed]
2002 The Ash Garden Canada-Japan Literary Award Winner [citation needed]
2012 Going Home Again Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist [8][9][10]



  • The Ash Garden (2001)
  • The Communist's Daughter (2006)
  • Going Home Again (2013)

Short stories[edit]

  • Olympia (1998)


  1. ^ "GOING HOME AGAIN | Kirkus Reviews".
  2. ^ THE COMMUNIST'S DAUGHTER | Kirkus Reviews.
  3. ^ "Nashville Public Library".
  4. ^ "Bio". Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  5. ^ "Creative Writing Instructors - School of Continuing Studies". Archived from the original on 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  6. ^ "Dennis Bock". Archived from the original on 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  7. ^ "2002 Canada-Japan Literary Awards go to Dennis Bock, Michael David Kwan and Ook Chung". Canada Council for Arts. 2002. Retrieved 20 December 2012.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Giller Prize shortlist announced". Montreal Gazette, October 9, 2013.
  9. ^ "The Scotiabank Giller Prize Announces its 2013 Shortlist". Scotiabank Giller Prize. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2023-01-27.
  10. ^ "The 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize announces its shortlist". News Wire. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2023-01-27.

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