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David Chariandy won the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Brother. His debut novel, Soucouyant, was nominated for 11 literary awards, including a Governor General’s Literary Award. His first work of creative nonfiction, I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter, was published in 2018. Earlier this year, Chariandy was announced as a Windham-Campbell Prize winner for his body of work, a prestigious international literary award administered by Yale University. A professor at Simon Fraser University, Chariandy lives in Vancouver.


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