Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize (among many other awards). He is also the award-winning author of The High Mountains of Portugal, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (winner of the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. His next novel, Son of Nobody, will be published by Penguin Random House in Spring, 2024. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs – tree planter, dishwasher, security guard – and traveled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.
Charming… Most Martellian is the boundless capacity for parable… Martel knows his strengths: passages about the chimpanzee and his owner brim irresistibly with affection and attentiveness.” –The New Yorker