Yann Martel is best known for his 2000 Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, which was adapted for cinema by Ang Lee and won four Oscars.

He has written three other novels; Self, Beatrice & Virgil and The High Mountains of Portugal as well as short story collection, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. Martel ran a guerrilla book club with Stephen Harper, sending the former prime minister of Canada a book every two weeks for four years. The letters that accompanied the books were published as 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Martel lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with the writer Alice Kuipers, and their four children.