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Anosh Irani is a novelist and playwright whose works include The Song of Kahunsha, which was shortlisted for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and The Parcel, which was a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His play Bombay Black won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play and he is a past finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award for drama. Irani published his first short story collection, Translated from the Gibberish, in 2019. He lives in Vancouver.


Anosh Irani on his award-nominated novel "The Parcel"

Award History

Jury Citation

“Set amid the raucous swirl of Bombay’s Kamathipura Red Light District, The Parcel is a searing indictment of the sex trafficking industry and a compassionate portrait of a troubled but resilient community. In Madhu, the transgender, retired prostitute at the heart of the novel, Anosh Irani has created a powerful yet flawed character to steward the reader through difficult, often disturbing material. Her struggles — with her past, with the legacy she might leave behind — are rendered with honesty and grace. Harrowing, enraging, unexpectedly humorous, and also profoundly sad, The Parcel is a haunting work of fiction that illuminates the ways in which history, both political and personal, pervades the present day.” — 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla)

Program History

2020 Selector

Rising Stars


Works recognized by WT