David Chariandy is a Canadian writer and one of the co-founders of Commodore Books, the first dedicated black Canadian press in Western Canada. His debut novel, Soucouyant, received stunning reviews and nominations from eleven literary awards juries, including a Governor General’s Literary Award shortlisting, a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.
His searing sophomore novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991. In 2017, It was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
David specializes in contemporary fiction, (especially Canadian, Caribbean, and Black Atlantic), as well as interdisciplinary theories of postcoloniality, diaspora and ‘race’. He has published scholarly articles and reviews in the Essays on Canadian Writing, The Canadian Association of American Studies, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures, Canadian Literature, The Journal of West Indian Literature, Postcolonial Text, Topia, New Dawn, and Callaloo.