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Best known for his Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, Yann Martel is a Canadian author born in Spain in 1963. Since his parents were in the Canadian Foreign Service, Martel grew up in Costa Rica, France, Spain, Mexico, and Canada. He earned his degree in philosophy from Trent University in Ontario. Martel worked at a variety of jobs including tree planter, dishwasher and security guard before becoming a writer. His first book, a collection of short stories, was published in 1993. The Life of Pi was his second novel and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film directed by Ang Lee and released in 2012.

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