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Ian Williams

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Ian Williams

Poet, short story writer, and novelist Ian Williams was named one of “ten Canadian writers to watch out for” by CBC in 2018. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. He won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for his short stories. Williams holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto and is currently an assistant professor of poetry in the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Reproduction, his debut novel, was a finalist for the Amazon first novel prize, was a CBC Spring & Black History Month pick, and dubbed one of the “Buzziest Books of 2019” by Chatelaine Magazine.

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Latest reviews

  • “...two strangers meet while their respective mothers lie dying. What sounds lugubrious actually proves to be one of the most energetic, lively, funny, and sad novels of the year.”
    — Quill & Quire, Dec 4 2019
  • “This year’s Giller winner is a family saga like no other, with vivid characters and spectacular narrative twists.This is a fresh and exciting literary voice.”
    — Now Toronto, Dec 3 2019
  • “Polyphonic and big-hearted, the novel cycles between the center of Toronto and the suburbs around it, giving a geographical picture as kinetic as the story it tells.”
    — Electric Literature, Aug 26 2019
  • “Reproduction is an inventive and tender portrait of family life in all its forms.”
    — Rabble, Mar 21 2019
  • “A sprawling novel that is both funny and poignant, powerful and playful.”
    — Calgary Herald, Feb 9 2019
  • “Witty, playful, and disarmingly offbeat—even as it hums with serious themes.”
    — The Toronto Star, Jan 25 2019


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