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Barry Grills

Barry Grills

Photo: Jennifer Rouse Barbeau

Born in Belleville, Ontario, Barry Grills began his writing career as a journalist. He has been a reporter, editor, columnist, broadcaster, and communications consultant. He began publishing short fiction in 1973, publishing stories in such literary publications as Grain, The University of Windsor Review, NeWest Review, Quarry Magazine, Best Canadian Stories, etc. A political and cultural activist, he was chair of The Book and Periodical Council from 2004 - 2007, as well as chair of TWUC from 2002 to 2003. He has also been a municipal councillor and a federal election candidate.  Married to writer Jennifer Rouse Barbeau, he currently lives and writes in North Bay, Ontario. His memoir Every Wolf's Howl appeared from Freehand Books October 1, 2012. Roadkill, a dystopic novel, appeared in November, 2017, the first of a series of self-published works under the imprint, Fluid Grouse Enterprises. Roadkill was a finalist in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as well as the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Another novel, I And You, And Me And Her, appeared in June, 2018. Oblivion, awarded grants by the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council, appeared in November 2018. His most recent novel is Too Late The Hunter, published in June 2019. A collection of previously published, anthologized short stories, Cock-Eyed Voice, representing fifty years of literary fiction, appeared in 2020.

Email:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada
City:
North Bay
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Fiction, Non-Fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

Cock-Eyed Voice: Stories. 2020, Fluid Grouse Enterprises
Too Late The Hunter. 2019, Fluid Grouse Enterprises
Oblivion. 2018, Fluid Grouse Enterprises
I And You, And Me And Her. 2018, Fluid Grouse Enterprises
Roadkill. 2017, Fluid Grouse Enterprises
Every Wolf's Howl. 2012, Freehand Books
Celine Dion: A New Day Dawns (with Jim Brown). 2004, Fox Music Books
Celine Dion: Falling Into You. 1997, Quarry Press
Ironic: Alanis Morissette, The Story. 1997, Quarry Press
Snowbird: The Story Of Anne Murray. 1996, Quarry Press
The Last Light Spoken. 2-022, Fluid Grouse Enterprises

Awards

Whistler Independent Book Awards - Finalist for Roadkill, 2018
Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Finalist for Roadkill, 2018
Alberta Book Awards - Editing for Every Wolf's Howl, 2013
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Description

Variable, depending on prearranged requirements

Presentation Length:
Up to 2 hours
Grades:
Adult reading level
Audience Size:
Variable
Presenation:
negotiable
Workshop Description:

negotiable

Workshop Length:
negotiable
Workshop Intended Audience:
adult
Workshop Audience Size:
20-40
Workshop Fee:
negotiable
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

negotiable

School Presentation Length:
negotiable
School Intended Audience:
senior post secondary to post-secondary level
School Audience Size:
Variable
School Presentation Fee:
negotiable
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes

Equity Initiative

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