Shyam Selvadurai is a Sri Lankan author whose first novel, Funny Boy, has established him as a new talent capable of earning a place next to some of his more well-known expatriates.
Born in 1965 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Selvadurai's mixed Tamil/Sinhalese family emigrated to Canada in 1983. While in Canada, Selvadurai came to terms with his homosexuality, and took a degree from York University. He currently lives in Toronto.
Shyam Selvadurai recommends
The Boat People (2018)
"This wise and compassionate novel is an intimate portrait of one of the great humanitarian crises of our time. Its power lies in its breadth, for it examines not just those who come to our country seeking refuge, but also those who determine their fate. As such it implicates us all in the ongoing crisis."
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