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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 is shortlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Going Home Again earned a starred review in Kirkus Review.
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. Kirkus Reviews declared the novel "masterful." Publishers Weekly pronounced it as "powerful and affecting fiction."
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 IMPAC 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. The Los Angeles Times called it a "crystalline meditation on the defining event of the twentieth century...." In The New York Times Michiko Kakutani called the book "An elegant, unnerving novel that illuminates the personal consequences of war." His editor at Knopf, starting with The Ash Garden, is Gary Fisketjon.
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, the critically acclaimed short story collection Olympia, in 1998, for which he won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, 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.
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. He teaches at the University of Toronto and is on faculty at Humber College's School for Writers.
Prizes and honours
- 2013 Shortlisted, Scotiabank Giller Prize for Going Home Again
- 2002 Winner, Canada-Japan Literary Award for The Ash Garden.
- 2002 Shortlisted, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for The Ash Garden
- 2002 Shortlisted, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize for The Ash Garden
- 2001 Shortlisted, Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Regional Best Book, for The Ash Garden
- 2001 Shortlisted, Books in Canada First Novel Award for The Ash Garden
- 1999 Shortlisted, City of Toronto Book Award for Olympia
- 1998 Winner, Danuta Gleed Award for Olympia
- 1998 Winner, UK's Betty Trask Award for best book by an author under 35 for Olympia
- 1998 Winner, Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Award for Olympia
- The Ash Garden (2001)
- The Communist's Daughter (2006)
- Going Home Again (2013)
- Olympia (1998)
- Official site
- Interview with Dennis Bock, Quill & Quire, August 2001
- New York Times review of The Communist's Daughter, March 4, 2007
- New York Times review of Going Home Again, August 30, 2013