Yann Martel

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Yann Martel (born June 25, 1963) is a Canadian author best known for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi.[4] Although his first language is French, Yann Martel writes in English  Martel was born in Salamanca, Spain. The son of Nicole Perron and Emile Martel.As an adult, Martel has spent time in Iran, Turkey and India. After studying philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Martel spent 13 months in India visiting mosques, churches, temples and zoos, and spent two years reading religious texts and castaway stories. He now lives in Saskatoon, Canada. In 2001, he published the novel Life of Pi, his fourth book, which was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2002[4]. Life of Pi was later chosen for the 2003 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads competition, where it was championed by author Nancy Lee. In addition, its French translation, Histoire de Pi, was included in the French version of the competition, Le combat des livres, in 2004, championed by singer Louise Forestier. Life of Pi is admittedly based on the book Max and the Cats, from the Brazilian author Moacyr Scliar * Seven Stories (1993)

* The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (1993)
* Self (1996)
* Life of Pi (2001)
* We Ate the Children Last (2004)
* Beatrice and Virgil (2010)
* 101 Letters to a Prime Minister: The Complete Letters to Stephen Harper (2012)

* Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
* Winner of the 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
* Shortlisted for the 2001 Governor General's Award for Fiction * Winner of the 2001-2003 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature * Shortlisted for Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award * First Canadian to represent the Washington Arts Commission * His short story "The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios" was the winner of the 1991 Journey Prize * n 2002, some time after winning the Man Booker Prize, Martel was accused of plagiarism in an article in The Guardian...