Gil Adamson

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Gillian "Gil" Adamson (born 1 January 1961) is a Canadian poet and novelist.[1]


Adamson was born in the Toronto suburb of North York in 1961.[2]

She studied anthropology and philosophy at the University of Toronto.[2]

She began working with Coach House Books as an editorial assistant and publicist in 1985. In 1987 she became a publishing assistant for CBC Radio Guide. She has also been a publicist for the Toronto Small Press Book Fair, and an associate editor for What! Magazine.[2]

Adamson's earliest published work was Primitive, a volume of poetry, in 1991. She followed up with a short story collection, Help Me, Jacques Cousteau, in 1995 and another volume of poetry, Ashland, in 2003, as well as multiple chapbooks and a commissioned fan biography of Gillian Anderson, Mulder, It’s Me, which she coauthored with her sister-in-law Dawn Connolly in 1998.[3]

A selection of Adamson's poetry also appeared in the anthology Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian poets under the influence (Mercury Press, 2004). The Outlander, a novel set in the Canadian west at the turn of the 20th century, was published by House of Anansi in the spring of 2007, The novel was later selected for the 2009 edition of Canada Reads, where it was championed by actor Nicholas Campbell.

Adamson lives in Toronto with poet Kevin Connolly.[4]


Adamson won the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 2008 for her 2007 novel The Outlander.[2] The Outlanderalso won the Hammett Prize in 2007.



  • Primitive. Toronto: Coach House, 1991.
  • Ashland. Toronton: ECW Press, 2011.


  • The Outlander. Toronto: Anansi, 2007; New York: Ecco Press, 2008.

Short fictionEdit

  • We Need a Modern Galileo (story). Pink Dog Press, 1988.
  • Thud (story). Toronto: Proper Tales, 1989.
  • In His Hands (story). Toronto: Contra Mundo, 1990.
  • Iris (story). Toronto: Contra Mundo, 1990.
  • The Lakemba (story). Toronto: Contra Mundo, 1990.
  • The Nanny (story). Toronto: Contra Mundo, 1990.
  • Help Me, Jacques Cousteau. Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1995.


  • Mulder, it's Me, Gillian Anderson: An x-haustive x-posé of the woman who is special agent Dana Scully. Toronto: ECW Press, 1997.


Gil Adamson reads from Ashland

Gil Adamson reads from Ashland.m4v

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

See alsoEdit



  1. Gil Adamson, Canadian Books & Authors. Web, Mar. 24,2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Rodger J. Moran, Gillian (Gil) Adamson, Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Canada. Web, Mar. 24, 2017.
  3. "Going Public", Quill & Quire, June 2007.
  4. Author Profile: Kevin Connolly. Quill & Quire, April 2008.
  5. Search results = au:Gil Adamson, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 24, 2017.

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