We are pleased to invite you to the reading by the University of Toronto’s Jack McClelland Writer in Residence for 2015 Shani Mootoo. The reading will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, february 6, 2015 in the Upper Library at Massey College.
Shani’s first novel, Cereus Blooms at Night (1996), took the Canadian literary scene by storm. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Giller Prize, among other awards, it has already attracted a lot of critical attention. Her subsequent novels enjoyed similar success: He Drown She in the Sea (2005) was longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and Valmiki’s Daughter (2008) for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize. Her fourth novel, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, has just been released from Doubleday.
Shani’s first fiction book was a collection of short stories, Out on Main Street (1992), and she has also published a poetry book,The Predicament of Or (2002). Beyond being a wonderful writer–she was the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature in 2012–Shani is also a multimedia visual artist.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, to Trinidadian parents, she grew up in Trinidad and relocated to Vancouver when she was in her twenties. She currently lives in Prince Edward County.