Douglas Coupland’s career has been, contrary to initial glance, consistent and methodical. His ongoing focus has been on visual culture, writing, typography, popular culture, essay writing and technology.
Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden-Baden, Germany, on December 30, 1961. In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan. His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991. Since then he has published ten novels and several non-fiction books in 36 languages and most countries on earth. He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in 2001 resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia.
2006 marked the premiere of the feature film Everything’s Gone Green, his first story written specifically for the screen. In 2007 Coupland’s novel, jPod, was adapted into a series of thirteen one-hour episodes with Canada’s CBC.
Coupland’s biography of Marshall McLuhan was published by Penguin Canada in March of 2010. In October 2010 Coupland presented the 2010 Massey Lectures across Canada, coinciding with a published version of the lectures, Player One: What is to Become of Us.
Coupland has designed a Terry Fox memorial in Vancouver, to be unveiled in September 2011, and a national memorial for fallen firefighters, to be unveiled in Ottawa in 2012.