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Mann Booker Prize Winner and Author of Life of Pi Yann Martel Returns to Trent on March 31


March 26, 2006, Peterborough

On March 31, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library, Trent University graduate and best-selling author Yann Martel will make his first public appearance in Peterborough since winning the Mann Booker Prize for his novel Life of Pi in 2001.

Mr. Martel will read from his work, talk about his experiences as a student at Trent and his affection for downtown Peterborough. A question and answer session with Traill College Principal, Michael Peterman will follow. At the event, Mr. Martel's books will be available for purchase from Speak Volumes and he will for be on hand for signing.

With Life of Pi, Mr. Martel was awarded with a new level of attention. As one reviewer noted, "Martel's writing is so original you might think he wants you to read as if, like a perfect snowflake, no other book has ever had this form." When the book won the 2001 Mann Booker Prize, Mr. Martel was catapulted to international literary renown.

Mr. Martel's first published novel, Self (1997) was set, in part, in Peterborough and draws on his undergraduate days at Trent; it aroused some strong interest as did his collection of long stories, Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (1993). That book's title story won the Journey Prize while Self was short listed for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Prize. 

Admission to the public reading is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are limited to two per person and can be picked up at the following locations:

  • Traill College Office, Scott House, 300 London Street, Room 208
  • Department of English Literature, Wallis Hall
  • Speak Volumes Bookstore, 446 George Street
  • Peterborough Public Library, Aylmer Street

During his stay, Mr. Martel will be the guest of Catharine Parr Traill College and will meet old friends, professors, and the media at Traill College prior to his reading.

Trent University itself has produced numerous talented novelists and writers over the years, including Richard Wright, Julie Johnston, Steve Finucan, Maggie Helwig, and others.


For more information, please contact Wendy Scammell at Traill College, 748-1736.

Yann Martel will be available for media interviews on March 31 between 3 and 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Common Room at Traill College. Please indicate your interest in being present for this small group discussion and photo opportunity by contacting Marilyn Burns, director of communications, at (705) 748-1303.

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