Author Profile : David Chariandy

Author Profile : David Chariandy is a Canadian writer and novelist.

Name: David Chariandy

Timeline: 2007 ‘Soucouyant’ his debut novel published

2017 ‘Brother’ his second novel

2018 ‘I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter in 2018.

Background: David Chariandy was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada in the year 1969 and is aged 51 years. During the 1960s David Chariandy’s parents immigrated to Canada from Trinidad.  His birthplace is Scaborough, Ontario. David Chariandy completed his MA degree from Carleton University and PhD from York University. He resides in Vancouver and works as professor at the Simon Frazer University in the Department of English.

Genre: David Chariandy always had a desire to write on a topic related to complexities associated with growing up of a Black young adult in Scarborough.

Literary Contributions : 2007 is ‘Soucouyant’ his debut novel which was long-listed for the 2007 Scotia Bank Giller Prize, for the 2008 International Dublin Literary Award, also shortlisted for the 2007 Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction, the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book of Canada and the Caribbean, the 2008 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the 2008 City of Toronto Book Award, the 2008 ReLit Award for fiction and also for the 2007 Books in Canada First Novel Award.

‘Brother’ is David Chariandy’s second masterly novel which was published in the United Kingdom. His novel tells the story of two sons named Francis and Michael of a single mother residing in Trinidad. The two boys spend their youth in a poor immigrant neighborhood in Trinidad during the 1980s. David Chariandy discusses about their family, the community and the masculinity of the two growing up children who need help and have no futures. The novel has an inevitable, terrible and disastrous Greek tragedy ending.

‘I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter is a non-fiction book inspired by his experience of a racist incident at a restaurant he visited with his three year old daughter in Vancouver and later by another shooting incident in a mosque in Quebec City in the year 2017.

Unique Stylistic Features: David Chariandy’s novels are set in Toronto’s eastern region, called Scarborough, in Ontario. Scarborough is heavily populated with immigrants and has been known for its crime rate (though this perception is not supported by any statistics).

David Chariandy considers himself as an honest writer. He was aware and felt uncomfortable about unpopular stories he heard in tabloids, newspapers and even people about Scarborough. Negative news about Scarborough was spread by word of mouth by even those who did not know much about Scarborough. His novel talks about stories about Scarborough, including vitality, the bigger story of life and challenges which otherwise do not feature in the headlines.

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