Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Calgary Public Library (Main Branch) – John Dutton Theatre,
616 Macleod Trail SE,
Join Wordfest, Calgary Public Library and Owl’s Nest Books for an evening of readings and conversations with Yann Martel, one of Canada’s most recognized and outspoken writers. The author of the bestselling Life of Pi presents his highly anticipated new novel, The High Mountains of Portugal. The event is followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerizing story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives touching the lives of three different people and their families, and taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century. Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel's new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.
Yann Martel’s #1 international bestseller, Life of Pi, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes). He is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (winner of the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and traveled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.