Yann Martel

Yann Martel is a novelist and short story writer. He won the 2002 Man Booker Prize.
Yann Martel is an award-winning author, best known for his novel the Life of Pi. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

Spanish-born Canadian Yann Martel is a novelist and short story writer. His parents were in the Canadian Foreign Service and so he spent much of his childhood travelling with them to various regions around the world.

He first released a collection of short stories entitled The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios in 1993, followed by his debut novel Self in 1996. Martel's 2001 book Life of Pi became an international bestseller, winning the 2002 Man Booker Prize. It was also nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book and the Governor General's Literary Awards and was a Canada Reads finalist in 2003, defended by Nancy Lee. In 2012, a film adaptation of the same name won an Academy Award. He is also the author of the novels Beatrice and Virgil and The High Mountains of Portugal.

Books by Yann Martel


The concept of grief is one that most of us can relate to, especially as you get older. It's a universal theme and it plays a central role in Yann Martel's new book "The High Mountains of Portugal". Yann Martel joined Doug Dirks in the Homestretch studio. 8:05
Yann Martel's new book brings together 3 different stories, but all feature monkeys and apes in unexpected places. All in a Day asked him about this, and many other intriguing images in the novel. 11:06
Yann Martel is through with sending books and letters to Stephen Harper. He called it quits with letter 100. This is him reading parts of it. 4:24
The author of "Life of Pi" talks about his new novel. 19:07
An odd connection — between Agatha Christie mysteries and the Gospels — is part of what Yann Martel says inspired him to finish the book he started before Life of Pi. 10:22
The author of The High Mountains of Portugal on why he loved his job washing dishes. 1:01


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