“Bro” selected for Best Canadian Fiction 2023
You can read the story in The Walrus.
Disorientation is a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize
“Disorientation is a formally inventive and searing meditation on race and Blackness. Both topical and literary, Williams’ essay collection juxtaposes personal stories about racial profiling and microaggressions alongside discussions about the murders of George Floyd and Eric Garner and readings of Black writers like Audre Lorde and James Baldwin. His writing moves, by turn, from tenderness to despair to anger, yet remains clear-eyed and intellectually rigorous throughout. In an age of hot takes and condemnation, Williams’s essays reflect, explore, and illuminate.”
CBC’s top nonfiction pick for fall 2021
Disorientation should be required reading, says the hosts of The Social.
Here’s a meaty interview about Disorientation. Host Matt Galloway is always prepared. He even sprung some house music on me. The Current: Giller Prize-winning author Ian Williams on having meaningful conversations about race | The Current with Matt Galloway | Live Radio | CBC Listen
Talking with Nam Kiwanuka about Disorientation on The Agenda
I sound a bit like a robot.
A Star on the Brampton Walk of Fame
You can watch a replay of the ceremony. It starts at 15:15.
Disorientation is turning some heads
- Read excerpts of Disorientation in Granta and The Globe and Mail.
- Disorientation is among the most exciting Canadian books coming out in fall 2021 | CBC Books
- A feature in the Calgary Herald about Disorientation.
- Ian Williams explores the ‘whiplash’ of being racialized in ‘Disorientation’ | The Star. And one more Toronto Star profile.
- The Toronto Star includes Disorientation among its “35 books you need to know about in fall 2021”
- Disorientation is on the Quill & Quire‘s best of fall 2021 nonfiction list
A couple of reviews and profiles
- I reviewed Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle in The Guardian.
- Here’s a profile of Esi Edugyan that I wrote for Maclean’s.
Bonjour, tout le monde!
With Nobel Laureate, Kazuo Ishiguro
- You can watch a replay of the interview here. Good conversation.
A profile in Nuvo Magzazine
Longform sports writing for Sportsnet
- I wrote about tennis. The article is called “The Peak.” It’s about empathy, belief, joy, delusion and decline, in and out of tennis.
Reproduction one of four Canadian titles longlisted for the 2021 Dublin Literary Award
A Conversation with Margaret Atwood for The Globe and Mail
- Ian Williams reviews Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor for The Guardian
- Watch Turnstone’s 45th anniversary celebration, which includes a poetry reading from Word Problems
- Ian Williams reviews Bryan Washington’s debut novel Memorial for The Guardian
- Find out which book most influenced Ian Williams as a child in a Globe and Mail special
- Ian Williams on Reading and Writing Word Problems
Word Problems wins the Raymond Souster Award from the League of Canadian Poets
- Check out the media release and a short interview here.
Here’s a replay of the Zoom launch for Word Problems. You can see the red spines of Word Problems in the bottom left corner starting at 21:14.
On the cover of Publishers Weekly
On winning the $100K Scotiabank Giller Prize
- Vancouver Writers Fest: Marilynne Robinson in Conversation with Ian Williams
- The Guardian UK calls Reproduction by Ian Williams “captivating…a finely balanced novel”
- The Vancouver Arts Review: Why Ian Williams is the Canadian Author We Stan
- CBC Books: Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Ian Williams to write a book of essays about race, due out in fall 2021
- A Father’s Day piece from Ian Williams can be found on Hazlitt: Leaving the House
- Watch Desmond Cole host Maclean’s Live with a panel of Black Canadian writers
- Maclean’s asks Ian Williams to pen an open letter to America that addresses the recent upheaval
- NPR news reviews Reproduction: A novel that is ‘great, sometimes cringe-worthy, fun to read’
- The Star: Life is opening up—what do we do now that we’re all strangers again? asks writer Ian Williams
- Read Ian Williams’ Mother’s Day piece in Hazlitt: Enterin the House
- Ian Williams speaks to Huffington Post Canada and recommends the following books to read during self-isolation
- Reproduction, the children’s edition
- YouTube: How Reproduction works, according to Ian Williams
- Ian Williams reads another excerpt from his debut novel—have a listen
- Get to know author Ian Williams and his novel Reproduction
- And now a special treat—Ian Williams reads an excerpt from his novel
- The New York Times says, “Williams’s imaginative, intricate tapestries are dazzling”—read the full review right here
- Author Ian Williams talks about his Giller Prize win
- Watch the prize night interview with Ian Williams on what winning the Giller Prize means to him
- CBC radio: Ian Williams on winning the $100K Scotiabank Giller Prize for his debut novel Reproduction
- Watch Ian thank his former middle school teacher on national news
- Find out which book Ian Williams consistently goes back to on CBC Radio
- Read Ian Williams’ opinion piece in Maclean’s
- See what books Ian Williams would read during self-isolation
- Find out what books inspired Giller Prize winner Ian Williams
- “Ask Me Anything”—the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner answers Instagram questions
- Listen to Ian Williams talk about winning the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize on CBC radio
- Watch Ian Williams’ Giller Prize acceptance speech
- CBC The Next Chapter: How the nature of family inspired Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Ian Williams’ debut novel
- CBC radio: Ian Williams on exploring the roots of love and family with novel Reproduction
- Ian Williams’ novel, Reproduction, is a CBC Books 2019 spring pick
- Check out The Walrus’ feature review of Ian Williams’ Reproduction
- CBC radio: Ian Williams on exploring the roots of love and family with novel Reproduction
- Reproduction “an inventive and tender portrait of family life,” says rabble.ca
- Georgia Straight: Ian Williams thrives on stylistic daring in debut novel Reproduction
- Read Trevor Corkum’s interview with Ian Williams for 49thShelf.com
- “Ian Williams…skillfully examin[es] the complex and puzzling relationships of a modern but very unique family,” says the Winnipeg Free Press
- CBC books: Ian Williams explores race, class and identity in his debut novel, Reproduction
- CBC Books recommends Reproduction for Black History Month 2019
- Calgary Herald: Author Ian Williams on how Calgary helped him bring his debut novel into the world
- Hazlitt: ‘It’s the Anti-Meet-Cute’: An Interview with Ian Williams
- The Globe and Mail recommends Reproduction as a literary start to your February
- Toronto Star Books: Author births a Brampton novel
- Vanouver Sun Q&A: Canadian author Ian Williams tackles family in Reproduction
- The Star: In Reproduction, Ian Williams delivers a promising first novel
- The Globe and Mail: Canadian poet Ian Williams on his debut novel, and finishing it as real-life controversy swirled at UBC
- National Post: Acclaimed poet Ian Williams says first novel ‘Reproduction’ is like a child
- Read the Quill & Quire interview with Reproduction author Ian Williams
- Get to know Ian Williams—watch a YouTube video about the author of Reproduction
Reproduction gets a nod from the Globe and Mail in the first paragraph of “Your 2019 winter reading list.”
Reproduction gets a nod from 49th Shelf in the last paragraph of its “Most Anticipated: Our Spring 2019 Fiction Preview.”
Reproduction in FASHION
If you’re looking for a reason to buy a fat, glossy fashion magazine, Reproduction is in the winter 2019 issue of FASHION, as part of its Fuse List (“a comprehensive list of everything, everyone, and every place we predict will blow up in 2019” or “all the books, movies, and podcasts you’ll be obsessed with in 2019”).
It’s cooler in print but here’s an online peek.
Reproduction in Quill & Quire
A paywall stands between you and an interview I did with Suzanne Andrews for Quill & Quire. It’s a lengthy spread and I love the image that leads off the article.If you or someone you know is responsible for this drawing, please let me know. You’re incredible!
The content of the article is worth reading too. It begins, “Can a novel reproduce itself?”
Reproduction in Chatelaine
Reproduction is on Chatelaine’s list of Buzziest New Books for 2019 along with books by Alix Ohlin, Anakana Schofield, Zalika Reid-Benta, Ian McEwan, Helen Oyeyemi, Alicia Elliott, and Marlon James.
If you don’t want to click through the list (for shame, yall), here’s the page on Reproduction.
[About a year of missing news]
The trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry are pleased to announce that Sarah Howe (UK), Ben Lerner (US) and Ian Williams (Canada) are the judges for the 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize.
Al Purdy A-Frame
Looking forward to spending some time in August 2016 at the Al Purdy A-Frame. By then I should be proofreading my novel.
Enzo Campa won the national Poetry-in-Voice Recitation Contest, the brainchild of the Griffin Trust, with his recitation of my poem, “Echolalia.” Poetry is alive in high schools. As proof, I submit this video of Enzo reciting “Echolalia” in front a bunch of lockers.
The Writers’ Union of Canada
I’m on a year-long task force of the Writers’ Union of Canada that seeks to examine and update, if necessary, its governance structure.
There’s no obligatory military-type service expected of writers but by nature, I’d like to believe that we’re more apt to kiss the hand that feeds us than bite it.
It’s not a secret anymore. I was on a number of Canada Council juries over 2015-2016. Trust me, there’s a lot of integrity and discussion behind grant decisions, particularly at Canada Council. Your work is seriously considered by multiple people and the committee gets disappointed too when there’s not enough money to go around. We speak kindly and encouragingly of many of you who may not get funded.
Happy to serve on the Al Purdy A-Frame residency jury with my great colleagues, Steven Heighton, Karen Solie, and Marilyn Dumont. Congratulations to all the winners!
I’m a jury member for the Ontario Arts Council Writers Reserve Grants, administered by Diaspora Dialogues, as well as the Diaspora Dialogues Mentorship Program.
Diaspora Dialogues is really make sure arts funding and programming reach historically under-represented groups.
Latner Writers Trust Poetry Prize
Congratulations to Karen Solie!
I was honoured to be a judge, along with Al Moritz and Susan Musgrave, for the Latner Writers Trust Poetry Prize, a $25 000 prize awarded to a mid-career Canadian poet, 2015.
Leighton Residency at the Banff Centre
I’m glad to have a few weeks in a cabin in the woods at the Banff Centre to work on my novel. Good food, good company, constant fear of wildlife, as in flash visions of hearing a knock on my door and discovering the wolf from the Three Little Pigs.
I discarded all of part 4 and rewrote it–25 000 words gone. Brutal but necessary.
Twitter Takeover for CBC Books
Judging the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize
I’m honoured to be chosen as the 2014-2015 Canadian Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary as part of its Distinguished Writers Program.
Ian Williams is now a part of RPO
By the numbers, Representative Poetry Online (RPO) is an anthology of 4 800 poems by 700 poets over the last 1400 years hosted by the University of Toronto. In addition to keyword searches, you can also browse through poetry by timelines or maps.
Here’s my page with five poems and a biography.
Personals is Shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Award
Even before writing the opening ring cycle of Personals, I have always loved the ReLit prize, the actual prize, a ring made up of four dials, each with the letters of the alphabet.
April 9, 2013
Personals is shortlisted for the
Griffin Poetry Prize
the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry
Personals Shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award
Personals is shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. The award is presented annually to the best poetry collection published by an Alberta-based publisher. Personals is also up for a design award.
Profile in U of T Magazine
University of Toronto’s alumni magazine has a snazzy profile of me in the current issue.
I sound like the offspring of Thoreau and Madame Defarge.
It’s all true. I learned how to use a chainsaw because a colleague’s husband dared me to come up to their place in New Hampshire and chop wood.
Read the article and I’ll blog about it soon.
Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction
You dress your story for the weather as best as you can and send it out into the snowy world and hope it finds good friends.
“Break In,” the split narrative story from Not Anyone’s Anything, is keeping good company in the Broadview Anthology of Short Fiction. It has found a place among fiction by such short story masters as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, and Lorrie Moore.
Plus Chekhov and Faulkner and Melville and Ursula Le Guin. I’m telling you, “Break In” is running with the cool, smart kids.
Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012
My poem has the longest title in the anthology. “Missed connections: Walmart automotive dept–w4m” was selected for inclusion in this year’s Best Canadian Poetry anthology.
Stop by page 86 for good times.
“Continuing in a long-established tradition of poetry excellence, this collection of 50 poems is culled from Canadian literary magazines and journals. The handpicked selection includes the best, and most current, representations of the vibrant Canadian poetry scene.”
The 2012 CBC List of 10 Canadian Writers to Watch
You’re watching one of them!
Not Anyone’s Anything Wins the Danuta Gleed Literary Award!
June 12, 2012
From the press release:
Toronto – The Writers’ Union of Canada announced today that Ian Williams is the recipient of the $10,000 first prize in the 15th annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, recognizing the best first English language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2011.
Of Ian Williams’ book Not Anyone’s Anything (published by Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview Press), jury members Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Robin McGrath, and Hal Niedzviecki said: “The writing in Not Anyone’s Anything is fresh, funny, and intelligent. This is a solid first book with gripping, convincing dialogue, a fluid sense of urbanity, and structural innovation that doesn’t come off as trickery. You see the poet here, in the crisp choice of language and even in the line breaks, as Williams uses typography and unusual layout to suggest a split-screen view of life. This is a brilliant collection.”
Read more from the press release.
Read the CBC article here.