Commonwealth National Podcast

Yann Martel, Author, Life of Pi (10/23/2007)


Yann Martel, Author, Life of Pi
In conversation with Tamara Strauss, Trends and Features Editor, San Francisco Chronicle; Former Editor, Zoetrope Magazine

Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, will participate in the second INFORUM salon. Martel will take part in an intimate conversation about his work, his life, as well as other issues, and will be joined by his amazing new illustrator, Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac. Martel has travelled to several countries including Iran, Turkey and India. He studied philosophy at Trent University, and published his first fictional work, Steven Stories, in 1993. He wrote his novel, Life of Pi, in 2001, and subsequently won the Man Booker Prize in 2002. In 2003, the book was chosen for the CBC Radio’s Canada Reeds competition, and the book’s French translation was included in the French version of the competition in 2004.

Martel later became a writer-in-residence at a public library in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in September 2005, where he currently resides. In November 2005, he joined the English department of the University of Saskatchewan as a scholar-in-residence.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience on October 23, 2007.