Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of six books including the novel The Program and the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors. He is the current fiction editor and the founder of Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts (. He edited the magazine from 1995 to 2002. Hal’s writing has appeared in newspapers, periodicals and journals across the world including the New York Times Magazine, Playboy, the Utne Reader, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Toronto Life, Walrus, Geist, and This Magazine. Niedzviecki is committed to exploring the human condition through provocative fiction and non-fiction that charts the media saturated terrain of ever shifting multiple identities at the heart of our fragmenting age.
Born: January 9, 1971
Grew up in: Ottawa, Ontario and Potomac, Maryland (suburb of Washington D.C.)
Currently lives in: Toronto, Ontario
Studied at: University of Toronto (B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature) and Bard College (M.F.A. in creative writing)
The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (City Lights Books, 2009)[nonfiction/cultural criticism]
The Big Book of DIY Pop Culture: A How-To Guide for Young Artists (Annick Press, 2007)
[nonfiction/cultural criticism young adult]
The Program (Random House Canada, 2005)
Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became The New Conformity (Penguin Canada, 2004, City Lights Books, 2006)
The Original Canadian City Dweller’s Almanac (co-author with Darren Wershler-Henry) (Viking Canada, 2002)
Ditch (Random House Canada, 2001)
We Want Some Too: Underground Desire and the Reinvention of Mass Culture (Penguin Canada, 2000)
Lurvy (Coach House Books, 1999)
Concrete Forest: the new fiction of urban Canada (McClelland & Stewart, 1998)
Smell It (Coach House Books, 1998) [short stories]
Hal’s website: http://www.smellit.ca
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The Peep Diaries will be Published by City Lights Books in May 2009
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Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of six books including the novel The Program and the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves… more...