Genni Gunn is a writer, musician and translator. Born in Trieste, Italy, she came to Canada when she was eleven. She has published nine books: three novels – Solitaria, Tracing Iris and Thrice Upon a Time, two short story collections – Hungers and On The Road, two poetry collections – Faceless and Mating in Captivity, and translated from the Italian two collections of poems. Two of her books have also been translated into Italian.
Her work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the John Glassco Translation Award and the Gerald Lampert Award, and her novel Tracing Iris is being made into a feature film. Her opera Alternate Visions premiered in Montreal in 2007 and was projected in a simulcast at The Western Front in Vancouver. Before she turned to writing full-time, Genni toured Canada extensively with a variety of bands (bass guitar, piano and vocals). Since then, she has performed at hundreds of readings and writers’ festivals. She lives in Vancouver, where she teaches half-time at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
From Genni Gunn
First of all, for context, let me say that I am the type of person who could never do one thing only. No matter how much I protest (weakly) that I have too much to do, the fact is that I thrive on activity and challenge. So I am constantly taking on new ventures, thinking up new projects, saying yes to everything, and then figuring out how to do it all.
So, that said, how do I balance it all?
My main activities are writing (and this entails a variety of projects and genres), teaching creative writing, manuscript evaluation and…
June 2011 / 9 comments
The inspiration for the book came in the form of a question I wanted to explore. Here is the background that led to it. A relative of mine – an old aunt who lives in Italy – appeared to me to have been forgotten by everyone in her old age, not physically – she had excellent care and contact – but emotionally. Like Piera, the protagonist of Solitaria, my old aunt felt that she didn’t deserve to be abandoned in this way. She believed she had been very generous throughout her life – and she had – and had looked…
Posted on: Friday, April 3, 2015
Terry Gallagher of Doowah Design has just been shortlisted for the Manuela Dias Book Design Award for Text Me!
Posted on: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Novelist, translator and poet Genni Gunn, nominated for the Giller Prize in 2011 for her novel Solitaria, has been named as Whistler's 2014 writer-in-residence. Each writer-in-residence works and stays in Whistler over the fall, working with the students from early September to early November. Gunn will help 12 writers with their own projects during her stay. Gunn will also take part in the annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival, October 17-19, 2014.
Posted on: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Genni Gunn is travelling the blogosphere. Today she is the guest poster on Savvy Verse & Wit
Posted on: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Genni Gunn's Solitaria is reviewed in Top Mystery Novels.
Posted on: Thursday, September 8, 2011
Genni Gunn's novel Solitaria has been nominated for the Giller Prize, Canada’s most distinguished literary prize, awarding $50,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. The award was established in 1994 by Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller
Posted on: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Genni Gunn's Solitaria is reviewed on Jenn's Bookshelves.