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David Homel

David Homel

David Homel was born and raised in Chicago in 1952 of East European stock. He left at the end of the tumultuous 1960s and lived in Europe and Toronto before moving to Montreal around 1980. He was educated in three countries and worked at a variety of industrial jobs before beginning to write fiction in the mid-1980s. He has been a journalist, editor, literary translator, and teacher. Due to his education, he has followed the American tradition of socially engaged, historical novels. He is the father of two sons, Gabriel and Jacob.

Montreal, QC


Sonya & Jack. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 1995.
Rat Palms. trans. in Quebec and France. Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 1992.
Mapping Literature: The Art and Politics of Literary Translation. edited with Sherry Simon. Montreal: Véhicule Press, 1988.
Electrical Storms. trans. in Quebec, France and Greece. Toronto: Random House Publishing, 1988; Vintage, 1989.
Get On Top. Stoddart (translations in France, former Yugoslavia) , 1999
The Speaking Cure. Douglas & McIntyre (publication in France, French Canada), 2003
Travels with my Family (with Marie-Louise Gay). Groundwood (publication in France, China, French Canada), 2006
On the Road Again! (with Marie-Louise Gay). Groundwood Books (publication in French Canada), 2008
Midway. Cormorant Books (publication in France, French Canada), 2010
Summer in the City (with Marie-Louise Gay). Groundwood Books, 2012


Governor General's Award, for Translation, 1995.
Prix Millepages in France, for Best Foreign Literary Fiction for Sonya & Jack, 1995.
Paperback of the Year for Rat Palms, 1993.
The Canadian Book and Periodical Marketers.
Governor-General's Award, for Translation, 2001
J.I.Segal Award, Jewish Public Library for The Speaking Cure, 2004
Hugh McClennan Award, Best Quebec Fiction for The Speaking Cure, 2003
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Presentation Length:
90 min.
Fiction, Non-Fiction
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