Apr 26, 2020
David Gilmour is a
Canadian novelist and former television journalist and film
Born in London, Ontario, Gilmour later moved
to Toronto for schooling. He is a graduate of Upper
Canada College and the University of Toronto. In 1980 he
became managing editor of the Toronto International Film
Festival, a post he held for four years. In 1986 he joined CBC
Television as a film critic for The Journal,
eventually becoming host of the program's Friday night arts and
entertainment show. In 1990, he began hosting Gilmour on
the Arts, an arts show series on CBC Newsworld.
In 1997 he left the CBC to concentrate full time on his writing.
His 2005 novel A Perfect Night to Go to China won
the 2005 Governor General's Award for English fiction. In
2007 he won two gold National Magazine Awards for his
essay "My Life with Tolstoy" which appeared in The
Walrus magazine. Today Gilmour is a Professor of Literary
Studies at Victoria College at the U of T where he
has taught Creative Writing and Literature since 2006.
David recently mentioned to me that
he was a fan of Truman Capote. I suggested we get together to
discuss one of his short stories. We settled on 'Mojave'. Here's
our conversation. Warning: it gets a tad raunchy at