(born February 20, 1968) is a writer living in Toronto.
Born in London
, she grew up in Toronto
and studied at the North Toronto Collegiate Institute
and the Jarvis Collegiate Institute
. She studied at the American University in Cairo
before receiving a Bachelor of Arts
degree in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from University of Toronto
and a Doctor of Philosophy
in social anthropology from University of Oxford
. She left academia in 2000 in order to pursue writing full-time.
Gibb gained recognition as a writer with the publication of her first novel, Mouthing the Words
, in 1999. In 2000, the novel won Gibb the City of Toronto Book Award
, and in 2001, she won the CBC Canadian Literary Award for short fiction.
Gibb's second novel, The Petty Details of So-and-So's Life
, was published in August 2002.
Gibb's third novel, Sweetness in the Belly
(2005), is set against the backdrop of the Ethiopian Revolution and largely takes place in the ancient walled city of Harar
. It was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
in 2005, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award
and won the Trillium Award
for best book in Ontario in 2006.
Her fourth novel, The Beauty of Humanity Movement
was published in Canada in September 2010, and the US and the UK in spring 2011.
- Mouthing the Words (Willian Heinemann/Vintage UK, 1999)
- The Petty......