Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist born in December 1961 in West Germany. Thirteen of his novels have so far been published while seven non-fiction books also adds to his credit. He also contributed towards films and television by his dramatic works and screen plays. He received an honorary degree from University of British Columbia in May 2010. He further received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Simon Fraser University in 2007. In recognition of his work and contribution to literature, Douglas was also awarded honorary doctorate degree from OCAD University presented to him in University’ 2013 Convocation at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto Ontario. He was given membership of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2007.
He wrote his first book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture in 1991. The term Generation X was although existed before but he used this term in his novel to describe about the generations that were born in late 1950s and 1960s. The book was a great commercial success.
His second novel Shampoo Planet was published in 1992 which was focused on next generation ‘Global Teens’ who are born with computers and music videos surrounded them. He comes back to Generation X in his third book, Life after God (1994) which is a collection of short stories about faithless and hopeless young adults. In 1995 he wrote ‘Microserfs’ the story of which revolves around young computer programmers who are dissatisfied with this big corporate’ environment. His other novels includes Girlfriend in Coma (1998), Miss Wyoming (2001), All Families are Psychotic (2001) and God Hates Japan (2001) among others.
His non-fiction writings were Polaroids from the Dead (1996), Lara’ s Book : Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider phenomenon (1998), City of Glass (2000) and Extra Ordinary Canadians : Marshall McLuhan.
Douglas is not only a writer but also a famous visual artist and his work has been exhibited and recognized throughout North America and Europe. In collaboration with the architectural firm ‘Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, he also designed a downtown Toronto Park in which Douglas’ own sculptures are incorporated.
Douglas is a well-known commentator on art, literature and culture in Canada, America and Europe. He was nominated for The Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2006 and 2010, and Roger Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2009.
About the Event & Venue
In his appearance at Skirball Center, Coupland will discuss about his new novel ‘Worst. Person. Ever.’ on Thursday April 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm. ‘Skirball Cultural Center is one of the world’s most dynamic and leading Cultural institution and among top of the line cultural venue in Los Angeles. With more than 600,000 foot fall every year, it welcomes all sort of ethnic and cultural events in America.
It is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles. If you are coming on your own car from Lax, Take the I-405 (San Diego Freeway) North and then exit from Skirball Center Dr./Mulhland. You need to take right then to Skirball Center. For further directions for driving to the venue or taking Metro, you may visit Skirball Center’ official website. You can also hire 1800fly1800 to reach the venue.