Barwin, Gary

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.



Events Gary Barwin was involved in

  • #XOifoa Valentine's Day Twitter Chat

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 12pm

    We have asked 2016 Giller Prize nominee Gary Barwin (@garybarwin), editor and art director of Shameless Magazine Sheila Sampath (@sheilasheila) and poet and professor Daniel Scott Tysdal (@dstiz) to help you write your love notes! Don’t let Valentine’s Day stress you out, these writers have you covered!


  • New Faces of Fiction

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6:00 PM

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


  • GGs @ IFOA

    Monday, October 24, 2016 - 8:00 PM

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


  • IFOA Orillia New Fiction

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 8:00 PM

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