Ethan Canin

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Ethan Canin
Canin in Iowa City, Iowa
Born (1960-07-19) July 19, 1960 (age 60)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Author
  • educator
  • physician

Ethan Andrew Canin (born July 19, 1960) is an American author, educator, and physician. He is a member of the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.

Canin was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while his parents were vacationing from Iowa City, where his father, Stuart Canin, taught violin at the University of Iowa. He and his family moved around the midwestern and northeastern United States, and eventually settled in San Francisco, California, where he attended Town School and later graduated from San Francisco University High School. He attended Stanford University and earned an undergraduate degree in English. Returning to the University of Iowa, Canin entered the Iowa Writers' Workshop, receiving an MFA in 1984, and went on to attend Harvard Medical School, where he earned an M.D. in 1991.

Beginning his medical practice with a residency at the University of California San Francisco, he pursued both medicine and writing for several years, leaving medicine in 1998 to join the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he still teaches. He is a co-founder of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.


  • 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • The California Book Award/Gold Medal in Literature (1994)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1987 & 1996)
  • The Lyndhurst Prize (1994–1996)
  • Henfield/Transatlantic Review Prize (1987)
  • The Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship (1986)


Short story collections[edit]

  • Emperor of the Air (1985)
  • The Palace Thief (1994)


  • Blue River, October 1992, Time Warner International, ISBN 978-0-446-39447-5
  • For Kings and Planets (1999), Saint Martin's press Inc., ISBN 978-0-312-24125-4
  • Carry Me Across the Water (2001)[1] September 2002, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC., ISBN 978-0-7475-5790-6
  • America America, June 2009, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC., ISBN 978-0-7475-9872-5
  • A Doubter's Almanac: A Novel, February 2016, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6826-5




  • "Ethan Canin Biography". Newmarket Press. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  • Ethan Canin (13 June 2001). "Archived copy". Commonwealth Club of California (transcript). Interviewed by Barbara Lane. Archived from the original on 12 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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