Paul Quarrington is a novelist and musician, an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and an acclaimed non-fiction writer. His most recent novel The Ravine was published in March 2008, and loglisted for the Giller Prize. His previous novel Galveston was nominated for the Giller; Whale Music won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Quarrington won the Stephen Leacock Medal for King Leary, a title that also won the 2008 Canada Reads competition.
As a musician, he currently plays in the band PorkBelly Futures; their self-titled second CD was released in April 2008; the first CD Way Past Midnight was extremely well received; the band has many stops on their tour throughout North America in 2008. Paul’s performances as a solo vocalist on guitar at literary and music venues are on the rise. His screenplays and story editing have won many awards, most recently the CFPTA Indie Award for Comedy for the series Moose TV, and he is in high demand as a story editor for feature films and television. Paul ’s filmmaking talents as writer/director are evident in his BookShorts short film, Pavane, which he adapted from The Ravine and is touring with the Moving Stories Film Festival September - November 2008. Paul lives and works in Toronto, where he teaches writing at Humber College and University of Toronto, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Fringe Theatre Festival. Quarrington is also an (extremely) amateur magician and a would-be mariner.
Festivals: 2004 (fall), 2008 (Year Round), 2008 (fall)