David Macfarlane


David Macfarlane’s first book, The Danger Tree, was once described by Alice Munro as “about the best prose to come out of this country, for my money.” His first novel, Summer Gone, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and his second, Figures of Beauty, won the Bressani Literary Prize. Macfarlane’s newspaper and magazine work have earned both National Newspaper and National Magazine awards. His play, Fishwrap, was produced at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre. His musical portrait of the city in which he lives, The Toronto Suite, was performed at the Glenn Gould Theatre with the Via Salzburg Ensemble. His two-man show, The Door You Came In (with musician and songwriter, Douglas Cameron), continues to be performed across Canada.  The show – part song, part spoken word, and based on stories from The Danger Tree  — was described by curator and writer, Sarah Milroy, as “miraculously beautiful.” Macfarlane plays rhythm guitar in the celebrated R&B band, Three Chord Johnny.  He lives in Toronto with his family.