Craig Davidson is an eclectic writer. His short story collection Rust and Bone was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film, and one of his three novels, Cataract City, was short-listed for the 2013 Giller Prize and the Trillium Book Prize. He has published articles in The Walrus, Esquire, GQ, and various newspapers. Not to mention several best-selling thrillers and horror stories under his pen-names Patrick Lestewka and Nick Cutter.

But before award nominations and bestseller lists, Craig found himself impoverished in Calgary and despairing of ever making his living as a writer. So he took a job driving a school bus for special needs kids for a year. That experience both changed and stayed with him, resulting in the memoir, Precious Cargo, which The Globe &Mail’s Ian Brown calls, “an almost singular accomplishment – a work of non-fiction that’s a pleasure to read, despite being about an able-bodied man who decides to hang out with disabled people… These are the characters who change Davidson’s life, despite the fact that he’s the one supposed to be helping them.”

A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop with a doctorate in Creative Writing from England’s Birmingham University, Craig now lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

Appearing in: 8. A Compassionate Career: Memoir

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