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Robert McGill

Photo: Lisa Sakulensky 2012

Robert McGill was born in Wiarton, Ontario and grew up there. His first novel, The Mysteries, was named one of the top five Canadian fiction books of 2004 by Quill & Quire.

His second novel, Once We Had a Country (2013), is published by Knopf Canada.

His non-fiction book, The Treacherous Imagination: Intimacy, Ethics, and Autobiographical Fiction (2013), is published by The Ohio State University Press.

Robert has published short fiction in Hazlitt, Toronto Life, The Journey Prize Anthology, Grain, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and Descant. He is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, where he teaches Canadian Literature and Creative Writing.

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Once We Had a Country. Knopf Canada, 2013
The Treacherous Imagination: Intimacy, Ethics, and Autobiographical Fiction. The Ohio State University Press, 2013
The Mysteries. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2004
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