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Yann Martel at Byron Bay Writers Festival
Yann Martel

Yann Martel, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of the bestselling Life of Pi, returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel, with the highly anticipated release of The High Mountains of Portugal. See him in Byron Bay as part of his Australian tour, in conversation with Matthew Condon.

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes), spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee

Martel is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (which won the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice and Virgil, and a book of recommended reading: 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.

Born in Spain in 1963, Yann Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and travelled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

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