Yann Martel (c) Geoff Howe

The award-winning author of six books, including the international bestseller Beatrice & VirgilYann Martel was 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 was awarded the Journey Prize for the title story in The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. His most recent book is 101 Letters to a Prime Minister: The Complete Letters to Stephen Harper. Yann Martel lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their children.

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