Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multidisciplinary artist and prolific collaboration. He is the author of 30 books including Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy which won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Vine Award, and was chosen for Hamilton Reads 2023. His national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates won the Leacock Medal for Humour and the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was long listed for Canada Reads. His 2022 poetry collection, The Most Charning Creatures won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award. His latest book is Imagining Imagining: Essays on Language, Identity and Infinity.
His many recent book collaborations include Duck Eats Yeast, Quacks, Explodes; Man Loses Eye (with Lillian Nećakov), The Fabulous Op (with Gregory Betts), Bird Arsonist (with Tom Prime) and. Watcher (with Elee Kraljii Gardiner) and forthcoming, Make it a Habit Each Night with Dani Spinosa. A public art sculpture, Be:longings (with Tor Lukasik-Foss and Simon Frank) was recently installed in Hamilton. He also frequently collaborates as a musician, lately with the ensemble Ghost Variables. Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario where he frequently collaborates on walks with his dog, Happy. garybarwin.com