A Canlit icon passes - RIP Graeme Gibson


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The news hit my phone this morning that we lost Graeme Gibson. A successful novelist in his own right back in the sixties and seventies, he was also the longtime partner of Margaret Atwood, making them probably the closest thing CanLit has to a "power couple". I haven't read much Gibson but I remember her talking about one of his books in Survival (they were already a couple by that point). Besides Atwood, he leaves a daughter from his relationship with her and two sons from his marriage to Shirley Gibson. He has apparently been suffering from dementia for some time (at least since 2017).

Sending vibes to Atwood and the children. Must be hard for her coming so soon after the successful and highly publicized release of her new novel.