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Boudel Tan

Eddy Boudel Tan is the author of The Tiger and the Cosmonaut, forthcoming from Penguin Canada. His novels After Elias and The Rebellious Tide have been finalists for the Edmund White Award, the ReLit Best Novel Award, and the Ferro-Grumley Award. He was named a Rising Star by Writers’ Trust of Canada in 2021. His short stories can be found in JoylandYolk, and various literary journals and anthologies. He lives in Vancouver with his husband.

Program History

2021 Rising Star

Rising Stars

Selected by

Brian Francis


Eddy Boudel Tan puts his heart on every page. You can see it beating in his language, sense it pulsing beneath his characters’ skins, and feel it breaking in the lives he lays bare in his novels. He isn’t afraid of exploring the tangled messes we make or the complicated roads we take in our pursuit of happiness and redemption. It’s exciting to read a writer open to taking big chances at the start of his career, someone willing to write boldly, to not make excuses for characters, or give readers an easy way out. Boudel Tan is a writer who will only travel deeper as he progresses, and that heart will inevitably beat more strongly in the years to come.