Yann Martel was born in Spain. He received a degree in
philosophy from Trent University in Ontario in 1981. After university
Martel worked in a variety of fields and traveled widely through India,
Iran, and Turkey. The publication of "Self," Martel’s first novel in
1996, led to him being shortlisted for the Chapters/Books in Canada First
Novel Award. Living in India inspired the book "Life of Pi," which was published in 2001 and went on to receive numerous awards,
including Canada’s Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2001 and the
2002 Man Booker Prize. His most recent book "Beatrice and Virgil" was released in April 2010.