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Shani Mootoo

Shani Mootoo

Canada, Trinidad & Tobago


Shani Mootoo, born in Dublin to Trinidadian parents, raised in Trinidad, and now based in Canada, is a novelist, poet, and visual artist.

Her novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Valmiki’s Daughter, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and Cereus Blooms at Night, shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Chapters First Novel Award, the Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Out on Main Street is her collection of short stories and her poetry collection is The Predicament of Or.

Mootoo’s latest novel is Polar Vortex, set in the landscape of Southern Ontario.

Years Attended

2021 Adult's Festival Participant, 2021 Featured Speaker, 2022 Adult’s Festival Participant
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