Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Dirty Dozen, with David MacKinnon

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David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon is the author of Leper Tango (Guernica Editions). The novel follows Franck Robinson as he prowls Paris in search of his ideal woman.

In his responses to the Dirty Dozen, which asks authors to share twelve unexpected facts about themselves, David shares some James Bond-esque memories, as well as hallmarks of the writing life.

  1. The secret police once tracked me in an Indian ocean country run by a dictator and his cronies.
  2. I was held at machine-gunpoint by Italian carabinieri during the abduction of President Aldo Moro.
  3. I once had to sell my 3000 book collection to pay for food, one-by-one and in reverse order of preference.
  4. I have had a hit put out on me.
  5. I moved to China three weeks after the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising.
  6. I am broke most of the time.
  7. Family, friends, and even casual acquaintances have written me off.
  8. I have been stabbed.
  9. I was once told by a 24-year old millionaire that he’d nuke a country to save his wakeboard.
  10. I was given the bum’s rush at Paris' Bar Le Select for not paying my bill.
  11. I listen to a voice inside my head, and it’s my own.
  12. I have a leaf from one of the eight original olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane.


David MacKinnon is a lawyer by training, member of both the British Columbia and Quebec law societies. He has five university degrees, including two law degrees and two degrees from Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne. He studied history, law, languages and philosophy at the universities of British Columbia, Louvain (Belgium), Sorbonne (Paris), Laval (Québec) and Ottawa. He has worked in oilfields, factories and warehouses, morgues and operating rooms, lumberyards, shipyards, construction sites and in the courtroom as a trial lawyer. For the better part of twenty-five years, he lived and worked in France and Quebec. He has written eight novels.

For more information about Leper Tango please visit the Guernica Editions website.

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