Author, A Doubter's Almanac, Emperor of the Air, The Palace Thief & America, AmericaBook This Speaker
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Highly regarded as both a novelist and a short story writer, Ethan Canin has ranged in his career from the “breathtaking” short stories ofEmperor of the Air to the “stunning” novellas of The Palace Thief, from the “wise and beautiful” short… Read more
- From Medicine To the Arts: a Story of Following Your Passion
Although Ethan Canin always loved writing, it wasn’t until his fourth book was published that he gave up he gave up his “day job” as a doctor to become a writer full time. With insight and humor, Canin shares the story of his journey and long struggle to decide between his two very different interests, a challenge many audiences can relate to. Canin can also tailor talks for medical groups, exploring how literature can assist in the healing process.
Highly regarded as both a novelist and a short story writer, Ethan Canin has ranged in his career from the “breathtaking” short stories ofEmperor of the Air to the “stunning” novellas of The Palace Thief, from the “wise and beautiful” short novel, Carry Me Across the Water, to the “epic” America America. His short stories, which have been the basis of four Hollywood movies, have appeared in a wide range of magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, and Granta, and have been selected for many prize anthologies.
The son of a musician and a public school teacher, Canin spent his childhood in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California before attending Stanford University, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and then Harvard Medical School. He subsequently gave up a career in medicine to write and teach, and is now F. Wendell Miller Professor of English at his alma mater, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he has been privileged to teach a great number of talented new writers.
In his spare time, he is very slowly remodeling two old houses, one in the woods of Northern Michigan and the other in Iowa City, where he lives with his wife, their three children, and four chickens.