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The Common Reading Experience 2013-2014

Author: Yann Martel

Author, Yann Martel
Author, Yann Martel
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"Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. Life of Pi won the 2002 Man Booker Prize and has been translated into more than forty languages. A #1 New York Times bestseller, it spent eighty-one weeks on the list and was adapted to the screen by Ang Lee. He is also the author of the novels Beatrice and Virgil and Self, the collection of stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. He lives in Saskatchewan, Canada."

— From the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Find Out More About Yann Martel :

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Yann Martel Trivia:

Life of Pi is not the only work by Yann Martel that has been made into a motion picture. Manners of Dying, a short story published by Martel in his 1993 collection of short stories,The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios and Other Stories, was made into a feature film and released in 2004. The film won two Genie awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Academy Award.

A short 10 minute film for television, We Ate the Children Last, released in 2011, was based on another Martel short story of the same name that he published in 2004.

Read an article from the London Times by Yann Martel about how Life of Pi became a feature film.