- 1970-2006 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
72 boxes and items (13 metres)
Name of creator
Camilla Gibb was born in London, England, and grew up in Toronto. She has a B.A. in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Toronto, completed her Ph.D. in social anthropology at Oxford University in 1997, and spent two years at the University of Toronto as a post-doctoral research fellow before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of three novels: Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life and Sweetness in the Belly, as well as numerous short stories, articles and reviews. She was the winner of the Trillium Book Award in 2006, a Scotiabank Giller Prize short list nominee in 2005, winner of the City of Toronto Book Award in 2000 and the recipient of the CBC Canadian Literary Award for short fiction in 2001. Her books have been published in 18 countries and translated into 14 languages, and she was named by the jury of the prestigious Orange Prize as one of 21 writers to watch in the new century.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Camilla Gibb, 2006.
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Scope and content
Collection consists of manuscripts, drafts and research for her books, articles and Ph.D. thesis, as well as correspondence and other materials - including scholarly articles and papers on social anthropology; day planners; address books; Harar language material; early writings (high school); audio/visual material; books; music scores for viola; photographs; translations of published works (many languages); short pieces; printed appearances/journals; personal journals; book designs; ephemera; and posters - related to Gibb's work and life.
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Conditions governing access
All correspondence requires permission to read. Access to restricted material also requires the permission of Camilla Gibb. Quoting from all unpublished material requires the permission of Camilla Gibb. Some material restricted until after the death of Camilla Gibb, with permission of literary executor to read required after that.
Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request
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