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About the Author

Michael V. Smith is an assistant professor at UBC, where he teaches creative writing. His first novel, Cumberland, was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca / Books in Canada First Novel Award. His short fiction has won the Western Magazine Gold Award for Fiction and been nominated for the Journey Prize. In 2007, Smith received the Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers and Vancouver's Community Hero of the Year Award. A native of Cornwall, Ontario, Smith currently lives in Kelowna, BC.

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  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cormorant Books (November 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDOUE4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,844,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael V. Smith is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, performance artist and occasional clown teaching creative writing in the interdisciplinary program of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC's Okanagan campus in BC's Interior.

Smith's novel, Cumberland (Cormorant Books, 2002), was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. In recent years, Smith won Vancouver's Community Hero of the Year Award and the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers. He's also won a Western Magazine Award for Fiction, scooped two short film prize categories at Toronto's Inside Out festival, and was nominated for the Journey Prize.

His videos have played around the world, in cities such as Milan, Dublin, Turin, London, New York, Toronto, Paris, Geneva, Berlin, Glasgow, Lisbon, Beirut, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Buenos Aires, SF, LA and Bombay. Smith is an MFA grad from UBC's Creative Writing program.

Vancouver Magazine has considered him one of its city's 25 most influential gay citizens whereas Loop Magazine named him one of Vancouver's Most Dangerous People...

His first book of poetry is What You Can't Have (Signature Editions, 2006), short-listed for the ReLit Prize. In 2008, he published a hybrid book of concrete poems/photographs, Body of Text (BookThug), created with David Ellingsen.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought the novel after hearing Michael Smith read at a Toronto event. What an incredible reader - he was honest, spontaneous, and moving. It was interesting how all segments of the audience (all kinds of people) were engaged. Smith breaks down a lot of social divisions - warmly and effortlessly. Cumberland is much the same. An honest portrayal of lives you often don't hear about, in a smallish town. Eye-opening, and very *caring*. You can't help but enjoy reading this, and up feeling very close to some people you might not normally meet in your daily life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve on June 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
Canada's Michael V. Smith, Ireland's Colm Toibin, Russia's Chekhov. It's hard to imagine the three of them conversing over toast at breakfast. But the books of these writers would cozy up quite comfortable on your shelf.
Ideally, "Cumberland" would have a cover of flannel. It wraps its characters in care as it gently opens their hearts to our view. And like any open heart surgery, there is the hope of a better life after, and the constant forboding of terrible consequences.
A darn good read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Cumberland is written in an almost effortless prose that seems to melt away and let the mind engage the story independant of syntax, and it's this effortless and affecting prose that becomes the main character in Cumberland, and that in itself is no small feat because the characters are so real you almost begin to think of them with your own names, rather than the names they're given by Smith. The portrait of small town southern Ontario is part Alice Munroe and part David Lynch. There is a dark undertow beneath the still waters of Cumberland, and it's this undertow that gives the novel its main pull. Earnest, a fifty year old, laid-off factory worker, a single man still marked by the death of a six year old son 17 years past, and Aaron, the six and a half year old son of Nick, a mid-thirties widower, form the heart of the story. Smith's two female characters---Bea, a forty-something waitress looking for a commitment from Earnest, and Amanda, a 17 year old on the outs with her family---counterbalance nicely the deeply affected emotional lives of the male characters. This novel is about life in the face of loss, about going on, and about the forceful undertows in the human psyche. This is a good novel by any standard, but, as a first novel, it marks an auspicious debut for the abundantly talented Smith. I highly recomend it.
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