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Bock, Dennis 1964-

Bock, Dennis 1964-

PERSONAL:

Born August 28, 1964, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada; son of Helmut (a contractor) and Ursula (a farmer) Bock; married Andrea Kellner (an editor), May 8, 1998. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University of Western Ontario, B.A. (with honors). Religion: Lutheran. Hobbies and other interests: Fly fishing, Spanish culture, travel.

ADDRESSES:

Home and office—Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Agent—Denise Bukowski, Bukowski Agency, 86 Bloor St. W., Ste. 254, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

CAREER:

Freelance newspaper writer, 1999—. Participant in literary festivals, including Eden Mills Literary Festival, Ottawa International Writers' Festival, and the Great Canadian Literary Train Trip.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Resident at Banff Centre for the Arts, 1994, Yaddo, 1995 and 1996, and Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain, 1996; Danuta Gleed Literary Award from Writers Union, Jubilee Award from Canadian Authors Association, and Betty Trask Award from England's Society of Authors, all 1998, all for Olympia.

WRITINGS:

Olympia (stories), Doubleday (Toronto, Canada), 1998, Bloomsbury Press (New York, NY), 1999.

The Ash Garden (novel), Knopf, 2001.

The Communist's Daughter: A Novel, Alfred A. Knopf (New York, NY), 2007.

Author of the radio drama Olympia (based on his story collection), broadcast on This Morning by CBC-Radio. Work represented in anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, 1994; Journal Prize Anthology, McClelland & Stewart, 1997; and Coming Attractions, Oberon Press, 1997. Contributor of stories, articles, and reviews to magazines and newspapers, including Queen's Quarterly, Canadian Fiction, Quarry, Descant, Grain, Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), and Ottawa Citizen.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, August 1, 2001, Gillian Engberg, review of The Ash Garden, p. 2083; December 1, 2001, Donna Seaman, review of The Ash Garden, p. 631; January 1, 2007, Donna Seaman, review of The Communist's Daughter: A Novel, p. 49.

Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, summer 2001, Jon Rozhon, review of The Ash Garden.

Entertainment Weekly, February 23, 2007, Anat Rosenberg, review of The Communist's Daughter, p. 103.

Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2001, review of The Ash Garden, p. 1043; November 1, 2006, review of The Communist's Daughter, p. 1089.

Library Journal, August 1, 2001, Barbara Love, review of The Ash Garden, p. 156; December 1, 2006, Donna Bettencourt, review of The Communist's Daughter, p. 105.

New York Times, September 21, 2001, "Disparate Lives, Connected by One Bomb," p. 35; November 7, 2001, "Write What You Know? Why, No," p. 3.

New York Times Book Review, September 23, 2001, "Atomic Fallout: A First Novel Brings Disparate People Together in the Aftermath of Hiroshima," p. 8; March 4, 2007, "The Doctor's Dilemma," p. 7.

Publishers Weekly, April 26, 1999, review of Olympia, p. 57; August 13, 2001, review of The Ash Garden, p. 284; November 6, 2006, review of The Communist's Daughter, p. 33.

Resource Links, October 1, 2002, Ingrid Johnston, review of The Ash Garden, p. 51.

Review of Contemporary Fiction, spring, 2002, Richard J. Murphy, review of The Ash Garden.

Time International, March 25, 2002, Brian Bennett, review of The Ash Garden, p. 55.

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