Shyam Selvadurai - Instructor | College of Arts

Shyam Selvadurai - Instructor

School of English and Theatre Studies

Shyam Selvadurai's first novel Funny Boy, won the W.H. Smith/ Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award in the US. He is the author of Cinnamon Gardens and Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, and the editor of an anthology, Story-wallah! A Celebration of South Asian Fiction. His books have been published in the US, the UK and India, and published in translation in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey and Israel. His third, The Hungry Ghosts, was published April 2, 2013 in Canada, India and Sri Lanka. Shyam wrote the screenplay of his first novel Funny Boy along with the award-winning Deepa Mehta, who also directed the film. The film will be released in 2021. In 2019, Media Headquarters along with the CBC commissioned Shyam to create a family drama titled Coming Home, which to-date is unproduced.  Shyam’s new novel Mansion of the Moon, a historical novel about the Buddha’s wife, will be released by Knopf in 2022. In 2016, Shyam had the interesting honour of having a spider named after him: Brignolia shyami, a small goblin spider.

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