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BOOKS

2010   The Amazing Absorbing Boy. Novel; Knopf Canada
2010   The Picture of Nobody. Novel; Good Reads/HarperCollins Canada
2005   A Perfect Pledge. Novel; Knopf Canada; Farrar, Strauss & Giroux (US); Mouria Press (Netherlands)
2002   The Book of Ifs and Buts. Short stories; Knopf Canada
2000   The Lagahoo’s Apprentice. Novel; Knopf Canada; İşbank Culture Publications (Turkey)
1997   Homer in Flight. Novel; Goose Lane Editions (Canada)
1996   The Writer and his Wife. Short stories; Peepal Tree Press (UK)
1995   The Interloper. Short stories; Goose Lane Editions (Canada)

AWARDS, PRIZES & NOMINATIONS

2016   Canada Reads, longlisted, The Amazing Absorbing Boy
2013   Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, honouring significant contributions & achievements by Canadians
2012   Lifetime Literary Award, from NALIS – Trinidad & Tobago’s National Library and Information Systems Authority
2012   SDMS. Indian Arrival Day Award (Trinidad), for body of work
2011   Toronto Book Award, winner, The  Amazing Absorbing Boy
2011   Trillium Book Award, winner Best Book, The Amazing Absorbing Boy
2011   OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, longlisted, The Amazing Absorbing Boy
2010   NOW Magazine and Uptown magazine, a Best Book, The Amazing Absorbing Boy
2005   Rogers/Writers’ Trust Prize, finalist Best Novel, A Perfect Pledge
2005   Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, finalist, A Perfect Pledge
2005   Globe and Mail, a Best Book, A Perfect Pledge
2005   Toronto Star, a Best Book, A Perfect Pledge
2000   Globe and Mail, a Best Book, The Lagahoo’s Apprentice
2000   Toronto Star, Best Of Fiction List, The Lagahoo’s Apprentice
2000   Write Magazine, runner-up, Book of the Year, The Lagahoo’s Apprentice
1998    Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, finalist, Homer in Flight
1996    Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, finalist Best First Book, The Interloper

SELECTED ANTHOLOGIES, MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS

Northwords (intro by Shelagh Rogers, Anansi, 2012) | City of Words (ed. Sarah Elton, Cormorant Books, 2009) | AWOL (ed. Jennifer Barclay & Amy Logan, Vintage Canada, 2003) | Victory Meat (ed. Lynn Coady, Anchor Canada, 2003) | TOK: Writing the New Toronto – book 2 (ed. Helen Walsh, Zephyr Press, 2007) | Reading Writers Reading (ed. Danielle Schaub, The University of Alberta Press, 2006) | Travel Anthology, and various issues of Descant, Exile, Grain, The Fiddlehead, Geist, The Antigonish Review, Toronto Review, Lichen, Matrix, Queen Street Quarterly, Caribbean Writer, Washington Post, Globe and Mail.

RADIO, FILM, & AUDIOBOOKS

2011   Film script for “Crabman and Sandbird”, writer
2010   “Northwords”, a documentary with Shelagh Rogers & others, for CBC (released in 2012) participant
2004   Film script for Malini, co-writer
2001   “Malcolm and Alvin”, a six-part radio drama, for CBC Radio
2000   Homer in Flight, BTC audiobooks
1999    Homer in Flight. CBC Radio’s “Between the Covers”

RESIDENCIES, TEACHING & MENTORING

2016    University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. Writer in Residence
2015    Banff Writing Studio. Faculty
2014   College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts, Trinidad. Faculty
2013    University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Writer in Residence
2007-   University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. Instructor
2007   Humber School for Writers. Mentor
2006   Toronto Reference Library. Writer in Residence
2006   Diaspora Dialogues. Mentor
2001 – 2005   High school in Ontario. Teacher: English/Media/Writers Craft)
1980 – 1992    High school in Trinidad. Teacher

READINGS, EVENTS, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

International Festival of Authors Toronto | Harbourfront Reading Series | Miami Book Fair International/Writers Festival | Ottawa International Writers’ Festival | Bleu Metropolis | Word on the Street Toronto | Word on the Street Halifax | Words in Whitby Reading Series | Ontario Writers’ Conference | University of New Brunswick | University of Toronto | Queen’s University | University of the West Indies, St. Augustine | University of Western Ontario | York University | Bocas Literary Festival Trinidad | Pan-Asia Cultural Showcase | Festival of South Asian Literature and the Arts | and numerous other literary festivals, reading series, public libraries, bookstores, television & radio appearances.

JURIES & COMMITTEES

Among others: Writers’ Trust Authors Committee. Canada Council for the Arts Magazine Grants. Canada Council for the Arts Grants for Professional Writers. Ontario Arts Council. Trillium Awards. Diaspora Dialogues. Rogers Fiction Award.

EDITOR

  • 1998 – 2001  LICHEN Literary Journal, Whitby, Ontario

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