Vincent Lam

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Vincent Lam
Born (1974-09-05) September 5, 1974 (age 43)
London, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Short story writer, novelist, medical doctor
Nationality Canadian
Period 2000s–present
Notable works Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

Vincent Lam (born September 5, 1974) is a Canadian writer and medical doctor.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in London, Ontario and raised in Ottawa, Lam's parents came to Canada from the Chinese expatriate community in Vietnam. He attended St. Pius X High School and did his medical training at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1999.[citation needed]


Lam works as an emergency physician at Toronto East General Hospital and also does international air evacuation work and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships.[citation needed]

Writing career[edit]

Lam's first two published works, the medical guide The Flu Pandemic and You and the short story collection Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, are based on his experiences in medical school. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's richest and most prestigious literary award, on November 7, 2006. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures was also a finalist for The Story Prize in 2008.

Following Lam's Giller win, Shaftesbury Films announced that it had reached a deal to adapt Bloodletting into a television series,[1] which debuted in January 2010 on HBO Canada.

Lam published a biography of Canadian politician Tommy Douglas, as part of Penguin Canada's Extraordinary Canadians series of historical biographies.[2]

His first novel, The Headmaster's Wager, was published in 2012 by Doubleday Canada and has been shortlisted for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Lam currently lives with his wife and children in Toronto.[4]


  • The Flu Pandemic and You, co-written with Colin Lee with a foreword by Margaret Atwood (2006, ISBN 0-385-66277-7)
  • Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures (2006, ISBN 0-385-66143-6)
  • Extraordinary Canadians: Tommy Douglas (2011)
  • The Headmaster's Wager (2012)


  1. ^ "Toronto Star". The Star. Toronto. Archived from the original on 2006-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Book review: Tommy Douglas, by Vincent Lam". The Georgia Straight, April 24, 2011.
  3. ^ Davis, Charlene. "Vincent Lam". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  4. ^ Davis, Charlene. "Vincent Lam". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  • Val Ross (November 9, 2006). "Prizewinning fiction, pure and undoctored". The Globe and Mail. 

External links[edit]