Dave Bidini’s quirky personal path to becoming a writer (as well as a well-known rock musician and sports enthusiast) began when he was very young and loved to pick at the typewriter. This summer, the result of his picking will shared through readings and stories at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, July 18-21, 2013 in Moose Jaw.
Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gimini, Genie and Juno as well as CBC’S Canada Reads. A founding member of Reostatics he has written 10 books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 ½ Gigs and Home and Away.
He’s also made two Gimini Award-nominated documentaries and his play, The Five Hole Stories was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008.
His third book, Baseballissimo, is being developed for the screen by Jay Baruchel, and, in 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award for “Travels in Narnia.”
Bidini writes a weekly column for the Saturday Post and, in 2011, he published the Toronto Book Award nominated, Writing Gordon Lightfoot. Bidini is also respected as the musician who coaxed Canada’s Stompin’ Tom out of retirement and back on tour. No doubt, during his Moose Jaw appearances, Bidini can be counted on for great stories and behind-the-scenes colour on the nation’s best loved icons.