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David Chariandy

David Chariandy is the author of Brother and Soucouyant.

Author of Brother, defended by Lisa Ray

David Chariandy is the author of the novel Brother. (CBC)

David Chariandy's novel Brother will be defended by Lisa Ray on Canada Reads 2019.

The 2019 debates are happening on March 25-28, 2019 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan

About David Chariandy

David Chariandy has been a known commodity since his award-winning 2007 novel Soucouyant arrived on the scene. But the writer and university educator continues to work on his craft — as seen in Brother and his 2018 nonfiction work I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter.

Brother won the 2017 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the 2018 Toronto Book Award and the 2018 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. It was also longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize and is on the Canada Reads 2019 longlist

The film and television rights for Brother have been picked up by Toronto production companies Conquering Lion and Hawkeye Pictures, with Clement Virgo attached to adapt the screenplay and direct the film. 

Why David Chariandy wrote Brother

"I'm a fiction writer and this is clearly the work of the imagination. It's set in a time period that is very different from today's world. But I still wanted to capture what Scarborough was really like for a child in the early 1990s, particularly a child with a black mother and a South Asian father growing up at that particular time.

I wanted to capture this narrative, one of resilience, creativity, tenderness and love.- David Chariandy

"There was, at that time, a lot of anxiety about visible minorities moving into the area and changing the landscape. I grew up hearing these stories — about people I love and respect, who were profoundly creative and hardworking and simply had dreams of living a good life. These stories are often overlooked and ignored. I wanted to capture this narrative, one of resilience, creativity, tenderness and love."

Read more in David Chariandy's interview with CBC Books.

Books by David Chariandy

Interviews with David Chariandy

Canada Reads author David Chariandy on why he writes about place, identity and belonging

4 years ago
Duration 3:12
In this special Canada Reads 2019 edition of the CBC Books video series, the author of Brother talks about how he defines love and understanding in his fiction.
David Chariandy on his latest novel, which is on the long list for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
Award-winning novelist David Chariandy says he's never felt divided when it comes to his own identity, but that talking to his daughter about racism and belonging — both in his family history and today — was another matter. He speaks with Piya about what he opted to tell... and how to tell it.


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