"...a master of narrative structure." (Wall Street Journal)
“…every literate person in the country should be reading Glover’s
essays.” (Globe and Mail)
Attack of the Copula Spiders, a new essay collection (Biblioasis, 2012). Contents include, among others:
- How to Write a Novel
- How to Write a Short Story: Notes on Structure and an Exercise
- The Drama of Grammar
- The Mind of Alice Munro
- Novels and Dreams
2006 Winner of The Writers' Trust of Canada Timothy
2005 Finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary
2003 Winner of the Governor-General's Award for Fiction
Douglas Glover is an itinerant Canadian. Born in 1948, he
grew up on a farm in southwestern Ontario, studied philosophy at York University and the University of Edinburgh, then worked
on a series of daily newspapers in New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan before earning his MFA at the Iowa Writers'
Workshop in 1982.
He is the author of five story collections, four novels,
a book of essays, Notes Home from a Prodigal Son, and The Enamoured Knight, a book about Don Quixote
and novel form.
He won the 2006 Writers' Trust of Canada Timothy Findley
Award. His bestselling novel Elle
won the 2003 Governor-General's Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the 2005 International
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was optioned by Isuma Igloolik Productions, makers of Atarnajuat, The Fast Runner.
His story collection A Guide to Animal Behaviour was a finalist for the 1991 Governor-General's Award.
His critically acclaimed novel The Life and Times of
Captain N. was listed by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best books of 1993 and as a Globe and Mail top-ten
paperback of 2001. 16 Categories of Desire was short-listed for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award.
Glover's stories have been frequently anthologized,
notably in The Best American Short Stories, Best Canadian Stories, and The New Oxford Book of Canadian
Stories. His criticism has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times
Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, the Boston Globe Books, and the Los Angeles Times.
He was recently the subject of a TV documentary in a series
called The Writing Life and a collection of critical essays, The Art of Desire, The Fiction of Douglas Glover,
edited by Bruce Stone. And he appeared in several seg-ments of the TV series Writers' Confessions.
Since he washed up in the hinterlands of upstate New York
in the early 1990s, Glover has taught at Skidmore College, Colgate University, Davidson College, and the State University
of New York at Albany. In addition, he has been writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick, the University of
Lethbridge, St. Thomas University and Utah State University.
For two years he produced and hosted The
Book Show, a weekly literary interview program which originated at WAMC in Albany and was syndicated on various public
radio stations and around the world on Voice of America and the Armed Forces Network. He edited
the annual Best Canadian Stories
from 1996 to 2006.
He is currently on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program.
He has two sons, Jacob Glover and Jonah Glover, who will doubtless turn out better
than he did.