David Bezmozgis (left) and Mark Rendall (right)
June 2, 1973 (age 38)
David Bezmozgis (born 1973) is a Canadian writer and filmmaker.
Born in Riga, Latvia, he came to Canada with his family when he was six. He graduated with a B.A. in English literature from McGill University. Bezmozgis received an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. In 1999, his first documentary, a 25-minute film called L.A. Mohel, won a major award for student filmmakers.
His story "Natasha," which originally appeared in Harper's, was included in the Best American Short Stories 2005 collection; his story "New Gravestone for an Old Grave," which originally appeared in Zoetrope, was included in the 2006 Best American Stories collection.
Bezmozgis is a 2010 New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, where he will be working on The Betrayers, a novel about a famous Russian Jewish dissident who, after the fall of the Soviet Union, meets the man who denounced him.
Bezmozgis's novel "The Free World" (2011), set in Italy in 1978, chronicles the experience of Jewish refugees from the USSR.
Bezmozgis is among The New Yorker magazine's 2010 top 20 fiction writers under the age of 40. The story "The Train of Their Departure", which the magazine featured in August 2010, is an excerpt from his first novel The Free World, released on April 4, 2011, to wide acclaim. The novel was subsequently shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize  and for the Governor General's Awards.
Work available online
Work about Bezmozgis available online
As writer and director
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