David Helwig


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in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
April 05, 1938

Died
October 16, 2018

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David Gordon Helwig grew up in Toronto and at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. He attended the University of Toronto, where he earned a BA, and then completed an MA at the University of Liverpool.

First publishing as a poet, Helwig moved on to drama and fiction, including a series of novels focusing on characters living in Kingston, where Helwig lived for many years teaching at Queen's University. He has also taught at the Collins Bay Penitentiary near Kingston, an experience that led to his nonfiction work A Book about Billie (1972), an assemblage of prose derived from his interviews with a convict.

Helwig was a long-time editor at Oberon Press, where he edited the annual anthology Best Canadian Stories. He has written scripts for television and radio,
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Average rating: 3.87 · 241 ratings · 41 reviews · 59 distinct works
Saltsea

3.90 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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The Stand-In

3.93 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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Smuggling Donkeys

3.78 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2007
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Coming Through: Three Novellas

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The Names of Things

4.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2006
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Keeping Late Hours

4.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2015
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It Is Always Summer

3.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1982
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The Glass Knight

3.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1983
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The Year One

3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2004
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Duet

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2004
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“It was necessary to invent history in order to invent the future. The sense of necessity in Cromwell and Lenin (and even in Jefferson) springs from an obsession with time, change, an obsession with cause and effect that starts to make the effect seem like the cause of its own cause. The future is the cause of the past, and we play antiquarian games to reassure ourselves that the past is past and different so that we can believe that the future will be different too.”
David Helwig, The King's Evil

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