Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at Trent University, he worked at odd jobs and travelled before turning to writing.
He is the author of the internationally acclaimed Man Booker prize-winning novel Life of Pi, which has been translated into 42 languages and spent 57 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Filmmaker Ang Lee is set to adapt it to the screen.
His collection of short stories, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and his first novel, Self, have both received critical acclaim. In the Fall 2009, Yann Martel published a collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada, What is Stephen Harper Reading? His most recent novel, Beatrice & Virgil, was published in April 2010.
Yann Martel is the author of a text inspired by the myth of Prometheus and written in counterpoint to Beethoven’s ballet music The Creatures of Prometheus. This original work commissioned by the OSM was presented in concert and recorded for the album Gods, Heroes, and Men (narration by Lambert Wilson), available on the Sony/Analekta label.
Yann Martel lives in Saskatoon, with his partner, the writer Alice Kuipers, and their two children.