Trinidad Canadian Author David Chariandy Wins Again
Two Brothers Grow Up Rough In Scarborough
By Stephen Weir - Caribbean Camera
It is another win for Brother and its author Trinidad Canadian author David Chariandy. Over the weekend The West Coast Book Prize Society honoured him when he was presented with the 2018 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for writing the best work of fiction in the province!
The $2,000 Ethel Wilson Prize was one of several prizes. The Society award honours the achievements of British Columbia’s writers and publishers. David Chariandy, formerly of Scarborough, now lives and works in Vancouver.
In Brother, Chariandy tells the story of two brothers, the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, who confront violence and prejudice in a Toronto housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991.
The BC win is the second major prize that the book and the author has picked up. Last fall Brother won the $50,000 Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Like the brothers in the book, the author is the son of Trinidadian immigrants. He was raised on the eastern edge of Scarborough. He went to school in Toronto and Ottawa and holds an MA from Carleton University and a PhD from York University. He currently lives in Vancouver and teaches in the department of English at Simon Fraser University.