Welcome To Fiction Depictions! This is the first post on the blog, and I am excited that you are here to read it. Today is Canada Day, and I figure that it would be fun to do a Canadian themed post. Without any further delay, here are 4 Authors You Didn’t Know Are Canadian.
Although he is Canadian, Yann Martel was born in Salamanca, Spain on June 25th, 1963. He was raised by his French-Canadian mother and father. Yann’s father Émile Martel was a French and Spanish teacher before he became a Canadian Diplomat in the department of external affairs. Yann graduated high school in Port Hope, Ontario and moved to Peterborough, Ontario where he studied Philosophy at Trent University. He graduated from Trent University in 1981 and began his career as an author at the age of 27.
His first novel (The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios) was a compilation of short stories published in 1993. Fast forward a few years and a few novels later, Yann Martel published his best-known work-Life of Pi. A year after publishing Life of Pi , Martel’s novel received the Man Booker Prize in Britain, the Governer General’s Award along with many other awards.
In November of 2012, Life of Pi was released as a film in theaters across Canada. Not only did it create a lot of buzz on opening weekend by earning more than 22 million dollars, Life of Pi was then nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 4, which was more than any other movie that year.
Yann Martel’s latest novel The High Mountains of Portugal was released in February of this year.