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Derek Mascarenhas is the author of the linked short story collection, Coconut Dreams, which was  named a best read from a small Canadian publisher by The Globe and Mail. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner-up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. Mascarenhas’ picture book, 100 Chapatis, is forthcoming in 2023. He lives in Toronto.