KEYNOTE: Yann Martel

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Friday Feb 16   09:00 AM to 10:30 AM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Calgary Zoo - Safari Lodge

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In 2002 Yann Martel came to public attention when he won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his second novel, Life of Pi (2002), an epic survival story with an overarching religious theme. The novel tells the story of one Pi Patel, the son of an Indian family of zookeepers. They decide to emigrate to Canada and embark on a ship with their animals to cross the Pacific. They are shipwrecked and Pi is left bobbing in a lifeboat in the company of a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Life of Pi will eventually be published in over forty countries and territories, representing well over thirty languages, and a film of the book, adapted by Ang Lee, was released in 2012.

In 2004, a collection of short stories was published entitled We Ate The Children Last. His latest books are the novel Beatrice and Virgil (2010), a New York Time Bestseller and winner of the Financial Times Fiction of Year Award; 101 Letters to a Prime Minister (2012), a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada; and his latest novel The High Mountains of Portugal (2016).

Yann Martel approaches his themes in unusual and provocative ways. He reminds us of the power of the imagination and the need for storytelling. Wherever he goes, we can expect the unexpected.

​Join Yann Martel at the Calgary Zoo, Safari Lodge as he explores writing and nature. 


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