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The Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and Hamilton Public Library are pleased to welcome:




Gary Barwin

Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence







Please join us for a welcome reception Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 pm.

Hamilton Room, Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch | 55 York Boulevard

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, publisher, editor,  multidisciplinary artist and the author of twenty-one books of poetry, fiction, and books for children. His recent national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada, 2016) was a finalist for both the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and it won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2017. His latest book is the poetry collection No TV for Woodpeckers (Wolsak & Wynn, 2017)  A Ph.D. in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library. His writing has been published in hundreds of magazines and journals and his writing, music, media works and visuals have been presented and broadcast internationally.

Gary’s office hours (Sept 2017 to April 2018) are listed by date and location below

Tuesdays: McMaster University; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Chester New Hall 312 (CNH312)

Thursdays: Hamilton Public Library; 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

To contact Gary, email