David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. He is the author of ths story collection, Natasha and Other Stories (2004), and the novels, 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.
The Free World was nominated for the Scotiabank/Giller Prize, The Governor-General's Award, the Trillium Prize and won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. The Betrayers was also nominated for the Scotiabank/Giller Prize and won the National Jewish Book Award in Fiction.
David has appeared at The New Yorker Festival, The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, and the Luminato Festival. His work has been broadcast on NPR, BBC, and the CBC, and his stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2005 & 2006.
In the summer of 2010, David was included in The New Yorker's 20 Under 40 issue, celebrating the twenty most promising fiction writers under the age of forty.
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, will be released in 2015.
David has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, and a Radcliffe Fellow.
Born in Riga, Latvia, David lives in Toronto.