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An Evening with Yann Martel

Monday Mar 14 2016 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium

In conversation with host Neil Besner and signingThe High Mountains of Portugal (Knopf Canada). Co-presented by The Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Spring Literary Series.

The author of the bestselling Life of Pi returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of that masterful novel. His new book, The High Mountains of Portugal—part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable—offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century—and through the human soul.

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller and winner of 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, 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 with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

Neil BesnerBorn in Montreal, Neil Besner grew up in Brazil and was educated in Brazil, the U.S., and Canada. He has taught Canadian literature at the University of Winnipeg since 1987, and is currently Provost and Vice-President. He writes mainly on Canadian literature, with books on Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro; among other books are several edited and co-edited collections and an award-winning translation from Portuguese into English of the Brazilian biography of Elizabeth Bishop.


The High Mountains of Portugal

- Hardcover

by Yann Martel - $32.00 - Add to Cart

With this highly anticipated new novel, the author of the bestselling Life of Pi returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel. 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. We begin in the early 1900s, when Tomás discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure the journal describes. Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to the novels of Agatha Christie, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into the consequences of Tomás's quest. Fifty years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together. 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.