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Adam Penn Gilders Scholarship in Creative Writing

 The Adam Penn Gilders Scholarship in Creative Writing. Donated by the Friends and Family of Adam Penn Gilders.

Adam Penn Gilders Gilders passed away March 3, 2007, of a brain tumour at the age of 36. Adam was a student at FIS but left in his first term (fall of 2005) because of his illness. He was an instructor at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and an accomplished writer in Toronto. His stories appeared in The Walrus, The Paris Review, and J&L Illustrated. He was the dear only son of Carla (Penn) and Clayton Gilders and stepson of Chris Bartle.

The Adam Penn Gilders Scholarship in Creative Writing was established with the intent to support and encourage the best and brightest students from Canada and around the world to study creative writing in Toronto. This scholarship will allow the young poets, fiction writers and playwrights to focus their time, energies and talents on their writing, and enable them to take full advantage of U of T's unparalleled intellectual and creative resources.

To contribute to this award fund, please visit our UofT Giving Site at go to

Another Ventriloquist, Adam Penn GildersAdam Penn Gilders
Another Ventriloquist 
Publisher J&L Books

Adam Penn Gilders was a virtuoso of the deadpan prose miniature. He published his stories in Paris Review, The Walrus and J&L Illustrated, before passing away in 2007, at the age of 36, of a brain tumor. Another Ventriloquist collects Gilders' previously unpublished vignettes. A gem of concision and wit.

J&L Books

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