Barwin, Gary

Gary Barwin

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and multimedia artist. He has authored 21 books of poetry, fiction and  work for children. His nationally bestselling novel, Yiddish for Pirates,  was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literature Prize, and his new poetry collection, No TV for Woodpeckers will appear this spring. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices eWriter-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library. Born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashkenazi descent, Barwin moved to Canada as a child. He is married with three adult children, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario.



Past Events

  • Tuesday October 25, 2016

    • New Faces of Fiction

      Cost: $18/ $15 for Supporters, Free for Students & Youth 25 under

      Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Gary Barwin, Lynne Kutsukake and Yann Martel will read from their latest novels.


  • Monday October 24, 2016

    • GGs @ IFOA

      Cost: $18/$15 Supporter

      Don't miss authors shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for English-language Fiction at this stimulating round table!


  • Wednesday July 20, 2016

    • IFOA Orillia New Fiction

      Cost: $10/FREE supporters, students & youth 25 and under

      Knopf Canada’s New Face of Fiction program spotlights author Lynne Kutsukake and poet, writer, composer Gary Barwin in Orillia.