Canada to launch the international publication of Yann Martel's new novel

TORONTO, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - Knopf Canada, together with Yann Martel's international literary agency, Westwood Creative Artists, is pleased to announce that his eagerly awaited new novel, BEATRICE AND VIRGIL, will be on sale in Canada on April 6, 2010, leading off publication around the world.

Yann Martel is best-known as the author of the beloved novel, LIFE OF PI, which won the 2002 Man Booker Prize, and has sold over 700,000 copies in Canada, and 7 million copies worldwide in more than forty countries. BEATRICE AND VIRGIL was acquired by Knopf Canada Publisher and Martel's longtime Canadian editor Diane Martin, in a deal arranged by Jackie Kaiser of Westwood Creative Artists.

"Yann Martel's fiction is always ambitious, always fascinating, always a great pleasure to discover and re-discover," says Diane Martin. "No one will ever forget Pi Patel and his lifeboat mate Richard Parker as they engage in a mutual dance of survival through many months at sea. There are some books one simply must talk about after reading. His new novel - one that flashes and shines like the rarest of gems - is, again, definitely one of those. I look forward to hearing and taking part in the many conversations that will result when Beatrice and Virgil is published next year."

Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher of The Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group, who acquired Yann Martel's first collection of stories The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios in 1993, commented, "Our long relationship with Yann is something we treasure because each book has been a joy, each more engaging then the last. Beatrice and Virgil is astounding - it has the imaginative reach and spirit that delighted readers of Life of Pi around the world, and is as highly original as Pi ever was, yet is altogether new, profound and exciting. Like those novels we love best, it helps us look at our world with fresh understanding and amazement. April is a month readers can look forward to in 2010."

Says Yann Martel, "A book is a part of speech, an element in an ongoing dialogue about life. I look forward to talking about Beatrice and Virgil with readers here in Canada and abroad."

Yann Martel was born in 1963 in Spain of Canadian parents. He lived and travelled in a number of countries (France, Costa Rica, Mexico, India, Iran, among others) and worked at odd jobs (dishwasher, tree planter, security guard) before turning to writing. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Trent University. He is the author of four previous books, the collection of short stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, the novels Self and Life of Pi, and the collection of letters What is Stephen Harper Reading? He also has a blog, Martel lives in Saskatoon with his partner, the writer Alice Kuipers, and their son Theo. Yann Martel will be on tour in Canada for publication of Beatrice and Virgil in April and May 2010.

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