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Novelist, Author of "Life of Pi"

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Yann Martel achieved worldwide acclaim with the publication of his novel Life of Pi, which won the 2002 Man Booker Prize. It was published in 44 countries and became an international bestseller, with over 7 million copies sold. The director Ang Lee adapted the novel to the silver screen in 2012, and the film has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards.

Yann Martel was born in Salamanca, Spain, in 1963. He grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia. Then, when his parents joined the Canadian Foreign Service, Martel found himself living in Costa Rica, Paris, Madrid, and Mexico City. He continued to travel as an adult, spending time in Turkey, Iran, India, Europe, and South America. He studied philosophy at Trent University in Ontario and worked at odd jobs—tree-planter, dishwasher, security guard—before turning to writing. His collection of short stories, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, was published to critical acclaim in 1993 and came out in eight countries. His first novel, Self, was published in 1996 in five countries. In preparation for writing Life of Pi, Martel spent a year in India visiting places of worship and zoos. For Beatrice and Virgil, he visited Yad Vashem in Israel and made three trips to Auschwitz, in addition to reading over 80 books about the Holocaust.

His most recent novel, Beatrice and Virgil (2010), uses the power of allegory to address the Holocaust. In this extraordinary feat of storytelling, he explores the unexplainable, and the limitations of language in understanding who we are and what we are capable of doing.

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Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel

Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Speaking Topics
  • How I Came to Write Life of Pi

    Yann Martel discusses the events in his life that lead him to write the celebrated novel.

  • Beatrice and Virgil, or How and Why We Tell Stories About the Holocaust

    In this lecture Yann Martel talks about the Holocaust and its representations, that is, the terms we use and the stories we tell about the key tragedy of the 20th century.

  • Reading, Who Cares?

    For just under four years, Yann Martel sent a novel every two weeks to the Prime Minister of Canada, a man notoriously deaf to the siren call of the arts. In this lecture Martel discusses why he took this course of action and why he thinks it matters if our leaders never read novels, poems or plays.

  • Why Fiction Matters

    Yann Martel discusses the importance of imagining stories in conducting a good real life.

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Yann Martel

Novelist, Author of "Life of Pi"

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Yann Martel Biography

Yann Martel achieved worldwide acclaim with the publication of his novel Life of Pi, which won the 2002 Man Booker Prize. It was published in 44 countries and became an international bestseller, with over 7 million copies sold. The director Ang Lee adapted the novel to the silver screen in 2012, and the film has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards.

Yann Martel was born in Salamanca, Spain, in 1963. He grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Victoria, British Columbia. Then, when his parents joined the Canadian Foreign Service, Martel found himself living in Costa Rica, Paris, Madrid, and Mexico City. He continued to travel as an adult, spending time in Turkey, Iran, India, Europe, and South America. He studied philosophy at Trent University in Ontario and worked at odd jobs—tree-planter, dishwasher, security guard—before turning to writing. His collection of short stories, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, was published to critical acclaim in 1993 and came out in eight countries. His first novel, Self, was published in 1996 in five countries. In preparation for writing Life of Pi, Martel spent a year in India visiting places of worship and zoos. For Beatrice and Virgil, he visited Yad Vashem in Israel and made three trips to Auschwitz, in addition to reading over 80 books about the Holocaust.

His most recent novel, Beatrice and Virgil (2010), uses the power of allegory to address the Holocaust. In this extraordinary feat of storytelling, he explores the unexplainable, and the limitations of language in understanding who we are and what we are capable of doing.

Yann Martel Videos

  • Yann Martel discusses his new novel ‘Beatrice and Virgil’
  • Yann Martel on The Standard
  • Yann Martel on Q TV

Yann Martel Books

Yann Martel Speaking Topics

  • How I Came to Write Life of Pi

    Yann Martel discusses the events in his life that lead him to write the celebrated novel.

  • Beatrice and Virgil, or How and Why We Tell Stories About the Holocaust

    In this lecture Yann Martel talks about the Holocaust and its representations, that is, the terms we use and the stories we tell about the key tragedy of the 20th century.

  • Reading, Who Cares?

    For just under four years, Yann Martel sent a novel every two weeks to the Prime Minister of Canada, a man notoriously deaf to the siren call of the arts. In this lecture Martel discusses why he took this course of action and why he thinks it matters if our leaders never read novels, poems or plays.

  • Why Fiction Matters

    Yann Martel discusses the importance of imagining stories in conducting a good real life.

FAQs on booking Yann Martel

  • How to book Yann Martel?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Yann Martel for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Yann Martel, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Yann Martel or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Yann Martel?

    Booking fees for Yann Martel, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Yann Martel, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Yann Martel?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Yann Martel for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Yann Martel for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Yann Martel or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Yann Martel or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Yann Martel is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Yann Martel for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Yann Martel generally travels from SaskatchewanCanada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nathan Englander, Graham Hill, Dennis Lehane, Erin Gruwell and Ken Burns. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Yann Martel for an upcoming event.

Yann Martel Speaker Videos

  • Yann Martel discusses his new novel ‘Beatrice and Virgil’
    Yann Martel on The Standard
  • Yann Martel on Q TV
    Life of Pi Author Yann Martel Interview - YouTube
  • Yann Martel Interview - YouTube

Yann Martel Speaking Topics

  • How I Came to Write Life of Pi

    Yann Martel discusses the events in his life that lead him to write the celebrated novel.

  • Beatrice and Virgil, or How and Why We Tell Stories About the Holocaust

    In this lecture Yann Martel talks about the Holocaust and its representations, that is, the terms we use and the stories we tell about the key tragedy of the 20th century.

  • Reading, Who Cares?

    For just under four years, Yann Martel sent a novel every two weeks to the Prime Minister of Canada, a man notoriously deaf to the siren call of the arts. In this lecture Martel discusses why he took this course of action and why he thinks it matters if our leaders never read novels, poems or plays.

  • Why Fiction Matters

    Yann Martel discusses the importance of imagining stories in conducting a good real life.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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