is a Canadian
writer. His debut novel, Soucouyant
, was a finalist for five prizes, including the 2007 Governor General's Award
for English fiction, the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize
for Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean), and the 2008 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
(of British Columbia). Soucouyant
was also longlisted for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Of Trinidadian descent, Chariandy teaches English literature at Simon Fraser University and is one of the founding editors of Commodore Books, the first Black Canadian literary publisher in Western Canada. His fiction and criticism are prominently featured in a special section of the 30.3 (thirtieth anniversary) issue of The Callaloo Journal.