2017 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winner

David Chariandy

David Chariandy
McClelland & Stewart

David Chariandy


"David Chariandy’s Brother is both an exceptional coming of age story and a poignant meditation on love, loss, and humanity.

Set in a Scarborough housing complex in Toronto’s infamous east end, this is an account of two brothers, the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, raised alone by their mother. The younger son struggles to make sense of a tragic death and faces the depth of his own grief in a racist world where he is viewed with suspicion and hostility. With stunning lyrical writing, pitch perfect pacing, and unexpected humour, Chariandy creates a world where beauty abounds in the most unexpected spaces and leaves us full of music and hope."

- 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize jury Michael Christie, Christy Ann Conlin, and Tracey Lindberg 

About the Book

Coming of age in The Park, a cluster of town houses and leaning concrete towers in the disparaged outskirts of a sprawling city, Michael and Francis battle against the careless prejudices and low expectations that confront them as young men of black and brown ancestry -- teachers stream them into general classes; shopkeepers see them only as thieves; and strangers quicken their pace when the brothers are behind them. Always Michael and Francis escape into the cool air of the Rouge Valley, a scar of green wilderness that cuts through their neighbourhood, where they are free to imagine better lives for themselves.

About the Author

David Chariandy’s debut novel, Soucouyant, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award, the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Toronto Book Award, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He has published scholarly articles and reviews in Essays on Canadian Writing, The Canadian Association of American Studies, and The Journal of West Indian Literature, among other publications. A professor at Simon Fraser University, Chariandy lives in Vancouver.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


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