Yann Martel

Yann Martel  is a Spanish-born Canadian author best known for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi. It has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and spent more than a year on the Bestseller Lists of the New York Times and The Globe and Mail, among many other bestseller lists. It was adapted to the screen and directed by Ang Lee, garnering four Oscars.

Martel is also the author of the novels The High Mountains of PortugalBeatrice and Virgil and Self, the collection of stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. He has won a number of literary prizes, including the 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the 2002 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

The Orenda

Joseph Boyden

A truly stirring work of fiction portraying the clash between the Indigenous people and the French colonizers in 17th century Canada. With vigorous prose, Boyden does an amazing job of bringing to life the period and the people, giving them depth and grandeur.

Station Eleven

Emily St. John Mandel

A chilling dystopia about the world after a disease claims most of the population of the planet. There are some scenes that are so creepy they’ve stayed with me to this day.

The Iliad

Homer

Not a new book, but the recent translation I read, by the American Stephen Mitchell, is lean and mean. The epic is a monument. I’m dazzled by it every time I read it.