Who are some leading Canadian authors?


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Margaret Atwood is one of the most well-known Canadian authors for her Man Booker Prize-winning "The Blind Assassin" and other works such as "Oryx and Crake" and "The Edible Woman." Alice Munro is another leading Canadian author who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013 for her collections of short stories.

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Another leading Canadian author is Yann Martel, who received the 2002 Man Booker Prize for his supernatural adventure book the "Life of Pi." He is also the recipient of the largest-ever advance from a publishing house in Canada with a total of approximately $3 million for worldwide publishing rights awarded for his book "Beatrice & Virgil," an allegorical tale based on the Holocaust.

Michael Ondaatje is a Canadian writer of Sri Lankan origin, whose Man Booker Prize-winning "The English Patient" was also adapted into an Academy Award-winning feature film. In addition to his other novels such as "In the Skin of a Lion," he is the author of numerous poetry collections and a critically acclaimed memoir titled "Running in the Family."

Douglas Coupland is a Vancouver-based writer and artist whose bibliography includes "Generation X" and "Microserfs," which are considered to be crucial texts for their appraisal of North American mass culture. Some of his more recent works include "Generation A" and "Worst. Person. Ever."

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