Yann Martel Biography and Wiki
Yann Martel is a Canadian author he is best known for his novel Life of Pi, which is an international bestseller published in more than 50 territories. It has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and spent more than a year on the New York Times and The Globe and Mail bestseller lists, among many others. It was turned into a film directed by Ang Lee, which won four Oscars, including Best Director and Best Original Score, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.
Yann Martel Age | How old is Martel?
Martel is 58 years old, he was born on 25th June 1963 in Salamanca, Spain.
Yann Martel Birthday
Martel celebrates his birthday on June 25th of every year.
Yann Martel Height and Weight
Martel stands at an average height of 6 feet 1 inch with a moderate weight.
Yann Martel Family
Martel was born to French-Canadians Nicole Perron and Émile Martel who were studying at the University of Salamanca.
Yann Martel Education
Martel had his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.
Yann Martel Wife | Is Martel Married?
Martel is married to Alice Kuipers, she is a British born author.
Yann Martel Net Worth | How Rich Is Martel?
Martel has an estimated net worth of $ 1.4 million as of 2022, from her successful career.
Yann Martel Body Measurements
- Full Names: Yann Martel
- Age: 58 years old
- Birthday: June 25th
- Height: 5 feet 8 inches
- Wife:Alice Kuipers
- Net Worth: $1.4 million
Yann Martel Wikipedia
Mister Ali and the Barrelmaker, a short story by Martel, originally appeared in print in The Malahat Review in 1988. In 1990, The Malahat Review published his short tale The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, which won him the 1991 Journey Prize and was included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology for 1991–1992.
The Malahat published his short story The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, which won him a National Magazine Award gold in 1992. In 1993, his short tale Industrial Grandeur was published in the cultural magazine Border Crossings. A bookstore in Ottawa that welcomed Martel for a reading released a handcrafted, limited edition book the same year.
Martel thanks the Canada Council for the Arts, which gave him writing fellowships in 1991 and 1997, for helping to launch his career. He remarked in the Author’s Note of his novel Life of Pi: “I’d want to convey my heartfelt gratitude to the Canada Council for the Arts, without whose support I would not have been able to bring [Life of Pi] together…. We sacrifice our imagination on the altar of plain reality if we, as citizens, do not support our artists, and we end up believing in nothing and having useless dreams.”
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, the eponymous story, as well as The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto…, Manners of Dying, and The Vita Aeterna Mirror Company, were all published by Knopf Canada in 1993. The collection was first published in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Germany. Self, Martel’s first novel, was published in 1996. The book was released in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany.
Yann Martel The Life of Pie
Life of Pi, Martel’s second novel, was published on September 11, 2001, and won the Man Booker Prize in 2002, among other awards. It was a worldwide bestseller, spending 61 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List. Martel had been in New York the day before and was departing on the evening of the 10th for Toronto, where his novel would be published the next morning.
After reading a review of Brazilian novelist Moacyr Scliar’s novella Max and the Cats in The New York Times Book Review, he was inspired to write a story about sharing a lifeboat with a wild animal. Martel was originally chastised by the Brazilian press for failing to consult Scliar.
His third novel, Beatrice and Virgil, was published in 2010. The work is an allegorical take on the Holocaust, seeking to approach the time through imaginative synthesis rather than historical witness. A writer, a taxidermist, and two stuffed animals, a red howler monkey and a donkey, are the major players in the novel.
Martel maintained a book club with Stephen Harper, the then-Prime Minister of Canada, from 2007 to 2011, sending him a book every two weeks for four years, totaling over a hundred novels, plays, poetry collections, graphic novels, and children’s books. 101 Letters to a Prime Minister, a collection of the letters, was released in 2012.
The Polish magazine Histmag credited him as the inspiration for their gift of books to Prime Minister Donald Tusk; however, this was a one-time event, with just 10 books contributed by their publishers and chosen by magazine readers.
Yann Martel Books
- Seven Stories
- The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios
- Life of Pi
- We Ate the Children Last
- Beatrice and Virgil
- 101 Letters to a Prime Minister: The Complete Letters to Stephen Harper