Dennis Bock

Dennis Bock (born August 28, 1964) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer, lecturer at the University of Toronto, travel writer and book reviewer. His novel ''Going Home Again'' was published in Canada by HarperCollins and in the US by Alfred A. Knopf in August 2013. It was shortlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

''Going Home Again'' earned a starred review in ''Kirkus Review''.

''The Communist's Daughter'', published by HarperCollins in Canada and Knopf in the US in 2006, and later in France, the Netherlands, Greece and Poland, is a retelling of the final years in the life of the Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune. ''Kirkus Reviews'' declared the novel "masterful." ''Publishers Weekly'' pronounced it as "powerful and affecting fiction."

His first novel, ''The Ash Garden,'' about various kinds of fallout from the Hiroshima bomb, was published in 2001, and was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the International Dublin Literary Award, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Regional Best Book). It won the 2002 Canada-Japan Literary Award and has been published in translation in Spain, Argentina, Japan, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France and Greece. ''The Los Angeles Times'' called it a "crystalline meditation on the defining event of the twentieth century...." In ''The New York Times'' Michiko Kakutani called the book "An elegant, unnerving novel that illuminates the personal consequences of war." His editor at Knopf, starting with The Ash Garden, is Gary Fisketjon.

After serving as fiction editor at the literary journal ''Blood & Aphorisms'' and holding writing residences at Yaddo, the Banff Centre, and Fundacion Valparaiso, in Spain, Bock published his first book, the critically acclaimed short story collection ''Olympia'', in 1998, for which he won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best debut sort story collection in Canada, the Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Award, and the Betty Trask Award in the UK.

His short stories have appeared in ''Glimmer Train'', ''The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories'', ''The Journey Prize Anthology'', and ''Coming Attractions.'' His travel writing and book reviews appear in ''The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Washington Post'', and ''Outpost Magazine''. Provided by Wikipedia
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