David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Born in Riga, Latvia, David lives in Toronto. He is the author of Natasha and Other Stories (2004), The Free World (2011), and The Betrayers (2014). David’s stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Harpers, Zoetrope All-Story, and The Walrus. Natasha was one of the New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember for 2004, and an Amazon.com Top 10 Book for 2004. It was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award (UK), the LA Times First Book Award (US), the Governor General’s Award (Canada) and won the Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for First Book.
A graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, David’s first feature film, Victoria Day, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and received a Genie Award (Canada) nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His second feature, an adaptation of his story Natasha, was released in Canada and the US in 2016. He was on the writing staff of the television series Orphan Black. Most recently, he has been appointed head of the Humber School for Writers.