Gary Barwin

Gary Barwin is a poet, novelist and short story writer. He was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Gary Barwin is the author of the novel Yiddish for Pirates. (Adela Talbot)

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, visual and multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-four books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His latest includes For It is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe: New and Selected Poems (ed. Alessandro Porco). His national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour as well as the Canadian Jewish Literary Award (Fiction). It was also a finalist for both the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2017, he published a poetry collection entitled No TV for Woodpeckers.

A new novel, Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy will appear from Random House in 2021. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Books by Gary Barwin


The poet and artist discusses being a juror with Calgary Eyeopener. 5:55
Author Gary Barwin on the inspiration for his first novel. 3:26




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