Graeme Gibson Biography
Graeme C. Gibson was a Canadian novelist. He was a Member of the Order of Canada (1992) and one of the organizers of the Writer’s Union of Canada (chair, 1974–75). He was also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada’s writing community.
Penguin Random House Canada today shares the sad news that Graeme Gibson has died. Beloved author of The Bedside Book of Birds and other books, Gibson was also a co-founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Writers’ Union of Canada, and was a member of the Order of Canada. pic.twitter.com/EiDCrjXeOk
— PenguinRandomHouseCA (@PenguinRandomCA) September 18, 2019
Graeme Gibson Age
He was 85 years old.
Graeme Gibson Career
Celebrated Canadian author and conservationist Graeme Gibson has passed away at the age of 85. Gibson is survived by his longtime partner, author Margaret Atwood. https://t.co/QUDxQcHz81
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) September 18, 2019
Gibson was best known for his 1973 book Eleven Canadian Novelists, a non-fiction work in which he conducted extended interviews about literature and writing with Atwood, Austin Clarke, Matt Cohen, Marian Engel, Timothy Findley, Dave Godfrey, Margaret Laurence, Jack Ludwig, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler and Scott Symons.
In 1996 he decided to stop writing novels. At the time he was working on a novel titled Moral Disorder. Atwood borrowed the title for her collection of short stories published in 2006. He was a council member of World Wildlife Fund Canada and chairman of Pelee Island Bird Observatory.
He was awarded, jointly with Jacob Verhoef and Margaret Atwood, the 2015 Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Graeme Gibson Novels
Author Graeme Gibson made a huge impact on the work of countless Canadian writers as a co-founder of @writerstrust. A truly fine person with a brilliant legacy. Our hearts go out to his loving circle of family and friends. https://t.co/HGJUaBTsDp pic.twitter.com/c6U6ZRkYaR
— Writers’ Trust (@writerstrust) September 18, 2019
Born in London, Gibson penned novels (Five Legs, Communion, Perpetual Motion and Gentleman Death) as well as non-fiction, including Eleven Canadian Novelists (for which he interviewed his future partner Atwood), The Bedside Book of Birds and The Bedside Book of Beasts.
He decided to stop writing novels in 1996. At the time he was working on a novel titled Moral Disorder. Atwood borrowed the title for her collection of short stories published in 2006.
Graeme Gibson Other Works
The Walrus is saddened to learn of the passing of #GraemeGibson — writer, conservationist, and friend. We were honoured to speak with him for our podcast last year and we’re listening again this morning in remembrance. https://t.co/C67hqi3LEw pic.twitter.com/FaZ5rR0O9J
— The Walrus (@walrusmagazine) September 18, 2019
Gibson was a founding member of both the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers’ Trust of Canada, as well as a past president of PEN Canada. He was an advocate for conservation efforts and a devoted birder who helped found the Pelee Island Bird Observatory.
He was a council member of World Wildlife Fund Canada and chairman of Pelee Island Bird Observatory. He was awarded, jointly with Jacob Verhoef and Margaret Atwood, the 2015 Gold Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Graeme Gibson Personal life, Children, Life Partners
Graeme Gibson, Toronto author and poet and husband to Margaret Atwood, has died at the age of 85 in London, England. He was accompanying Atwood on the tour for her widely anticipated book The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.https://t.co/6uTSbzePrO
— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) September 18, 2019
Gibson was married to publisher Shirley Gibson until the early 1970s, and together they had two sons, Matt and Grae. He began dating novelist and poet Margaret Atwood in 1973. They moved to a farm near Alliston, Ontario, where their daughter Eleanor Jess Atwood Gibson was born in 1976. The family returned to Toronto in 1980. They stayed together until his death in 2019.
The New Yorker magazine reported in its April 17, 2017, edition that Gibson had been diagnosed with early signs of dementia. He died on 18 September 2019.
Graeme Gibson Wife (Shirley Gibson)
Gibson was married to publisher Shirley Gibson until the early 1970s, and together they had two sons, Matt and Grae.
Graeme Gibson Partner (Margaret Atwood)
Author Graeme Gibson, longtime partner to Margaret Atwood, has passed away at 85 after a battle with dementia.
— etalk (@etalkCTV) September 18, 2019
Gibson began dating novelist and poet Margaret Atwood in 1973. They moved to a farm near Alliston, Ontario, where their daughter Eleanor Jess Atwood Gibson was born in 1976. The family returned to Toronto in 1980. They stayed together until his death on September 18th, 2019.
Born on November 18th, 1939, Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist. Since 1961, she has published 17 books of poetry, 16 novels, 10 books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children’s books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood has won numerous awards and honors for her writing, including the Man Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, Franz Kafka Prize, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Margaret Atwood said in a statement Wednesday issued by publisher Penguin Random House Canada: “We are devastated by the loss of Graeme, our beloved father, grandfather, and spouse, but we are happy that he achieved the kind of swift exit he wanted and avoided the decline into further dementia that he feared.
“He had a lovely last few weeks, and he went out on a high, surrounded by love, friendship, and appreciation. We are grateful for his wise, ethical and committed life.”
Graeme Gibson Death & Cause
Our deepest condolences to the family of Graeme Gibson, including his partner and our dear friend @MargaretAtwood. Graeme was made a Fellow of the RCGS in 2007, and in 2015 we had the pleasure of awarding him our Gold Medal. He was a respected author and staunch conservationist. pic.twitter.com/MdUPEs1rh5
— The RCGS/La SGRC (@RCGS_SGRC) September 18, 2019
Graeme Gibson died on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at the age of 85 in London, England, where he had accompanied Atwood for the global release of her latest book.
Earlier this week, Atwood canceled promotional appearances in Ottawa and Montreal for The Testaments — a sequel to her dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale and one of this fall’s most anticipated literary releases. The cancellation cited illness in the family.
Mr. Gibson leaves his spouse, acclaimed writer Margaret Atwood, and children and grandchildren. In a statement, Ms. Atwood said Mr. Gibson was suffering from dementia and feared further decline, and that his family was grateful he had the “swift exit” he wanted.