Award-winning author Yann Martel obtained a degree in philosophy from Trent University in Ontario, then worked at various jobs before taking up writing full-time from the age of 27.
His books include The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (1993), a collection of short stories; the novel Self (1996); the novel Life of Pi (2002), for which he won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction; a collection of short stories entitled We Ate The Children Last (2004); What is Stephen Harper Reading? (2009) and his latest novel, Beatrice and Virgil (2010).
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