Camilla Gibb on “Empathy, Narrative Truth and Artistic Process”

The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia was delighted to have award-winning Canadian author, Camilla Gibb, as Writer-in-Residence in November 2014. On November 5, 2014, she gave this talk at the Peter Wall Ideas Lunch & Wine Bar, where she was introduced by novelist and UBC Creative Writing Professor, Timothy Taylor.

Camiilla Gibb is a novelist with a PhD in social anthropology from Oxford University. She has written four critically acclaimed novels: Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so’s Life, Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement, and is published around the world in 14 languages. She has been shortlisted for the Giller Prize, twice long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and is a past winner of the City of Toronto Book Award, the Trillium Book Award (for best book in Ontario) and the CBC Canadian Literary Award.        

Camilla has served as Writer in Residence at the universities of Toronto and Alberta and as the Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor in Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto.  She is currently a faculty member with the Creative Writing in English MA Program at the University of Toronto and the Guelph-Humber MFA Program in Creative Writing and is the University of Toronto’s incoming June Callwood Professor in Social Justice. Her next book, a memoir called This is Happy, is forthcoming from Doubleday in 2015.