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Canadian Novelist Dies: Graeme Gibson Biography, Wiki, Age, Family, Net Worth, Fast Facts You Need to Know

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.

Graeme Gibson Age

He was 85 years old.

Graeme Gibson Career

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

Born in London, Gibson penned novels (Five LegsCommunionPerpetual 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

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

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)

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

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.