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BOOKS

2019    Fatboy Fall Down. Novel; ECW Press

2018    Adjacentland. Novel;Wolsak &Wynn

2018    Luminous Ink. (Co-editor) Anthology; Cormorant

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

2019    Foreword Indies: Literary, Adjacentland

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”

Forthcoming

Movie version of The Amazing Absorbing Boy

 

RESIDENCIES, TEACHING & MENTORING

2019    Doris McCarthy Centre for Artists. (January-March)

2017-2018 University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. Writer in Residence.

2016    Banff Writers Studio, Banff. 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

Vancouver Writers’ Festival | Vancouver Public Library| 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. Toronto Arts Council.

 

EDITOR

1998 – 2001  LICHEN Literary Journal, Whitby, Ontario

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