Douglas Coupland; photo by Thomas Dozol

DOUGLAS COUPLAND: Art Schools, Learning and Modernity

Wednesday, 07 December, 2011
In conversation with Ron Burnett

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Douglas Coupland is one of Canada’s most important cultural commentators. His fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his early formal training. His first novel, the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized terms such as McJob and Generation X. He has published thirteen novels, a collection of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland has been described as “…possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today.” and “one of the great satirists of consumerism”. A specific feature of Coupland’s novels is their synthesis of postmodern religion, Web 2.0 technology, human sexuality, and pop culture.

Coupland currently lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia with his partner David Weir. He published his twelfth novel Generation A in 2009. He also released an updated version of City of Glass and a biography on Marshall McLuhan for Penguin Canada in their Extraordinary Canadians series, called Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan. He is the presenter of the 2010 Massey Lectures, and a companion novel to the lectures, Player One – What Is to Become of Us: A Novel in Five Hours. Coupland has been longlisted twice for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2006 and 2010, respectively., was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2009, and was nominated for the BC Book/Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize in 2011 for Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan.