- Vancouver Island, Canada
Patrick DeWitt was born on Vancouver Island, Canada in 1975 and currently lives in Oregon,USA. He wrote the screenplay for Terri, a feature film starring John C. Reilly, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and is also the author of three novels.
His first novel, Ablutions: Notes for a Novel, was published in 2010 and was a New York Times Editor's Choice. His second novel, The Sisters Brothers (2011), is set in the 1850s Californian Gold Rush and is a variation on a western, described by Jake Wallis Simons in The Independent as an 'unsettling, compelling and deeply strange picaresque novel'. It was shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction (Canada), the Scotiabank Giller Prize (Canada) and won the 2011 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize (Canada). DeWitt's third novel Undermajordomo Minor (2015), published by Granta Books, is described Anthony Cummins from the Guardian as a 'deadpan coming-of-age novel'. It was longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize.