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David Chariandy is the author of Soucouyant, which was nominated for eleven literary awards, including the Governor General’s Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Brother, nominated for fourteen awards, winning the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Toronto Book Award. His most recent book is a memoir entitled I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter. David lives in Vancouver and teaches literature and creative writing at Simon Fraser University. In 2019, he received the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. In 2022, he was elected a fellow of the Academies of Arts, Humanities, and Sciences of Canada.


David Chariandy on his award-nominated novel “Brother”

Award History

Jury Citation

“David Chariandy’s Brother is both an exceptional coming of age story and a poignant meditation on love, loss, and humanity. Set in a Scarborough housing complex in Toronto’s infamous east end, this is an account of two brothers, the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, raised alone by their mother. The younger son struggles to make sense of a tragic death and faces the depth of his own grief in a racist world where he is viewed with suspicion and hostility. With stunning lyrical writing, pitch perfect pacing, and unexpected humour, Chariandy creates a world where beauty abounds in the most unexpected spaces and leaves us full of music and hope.” — 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Michael Christie, Christy Ann Conlin, and Tracey Lindberg)

Program History

2019 Selector

Rising Stars


Works recognized by WT