About the Author

Yann Martel

Yann Martel

Yann Martel, is the author of Life of Pi, the international bestseller that won the 2002 Man Booker Prize, among other honours, spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in the Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee. It was selected for Esquire's list of top ten books and the Toronto Star's ten most important books of the decade. He is also the award-winning author of the short story collection The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios and the novels Self and Beatrice & Virgil.

From 2007 to 2011, Martel ran a guerrilla book club with former prime minister Stephen Harper, sending him a book every two weeks — a total of more than one hundred novels, poetry collections, plays, graphic novels, and children's books. Each gift was accompanied by a letter discussing the worth of the book. Martel received no reply from Harper. These renowned letters have been published as a book, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.

Born in Spain in 1963, he studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs — tree planter, dishwasher, security guard — and travelled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.


Journey Prize (1991)

Man Booker Prize (2001)

Hugh Maclennan Prize for Fiction (2001)

Asian / Pacific American Award for Literature (2001)

The Boeke Prize (2003)

La Presse du Grand Public (2003)

Deutscher Bücherpreis (2004)

Coventry Inspiration Book Awards (2014)

Regina Public Library Book of the Year Award (2017)

City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award (2017)

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