Randy Boyagoda

Soharn Randy Boyagoda’s parents immigrated to Canada from Sri Lanka in 1967 and settled in Oshawa, Ontario where Randy was born in 1976. He completed a B.A. at the University of Toronto in 1999, and both an M.A. (2001) and Ph.D (2005) at Boston University. His doctoral thesis is entitled Imagining Nations and Imaginary Americans: Race, Immigration and American Identity in the Fiction of Salman Rushdie, Ralph Ellison, and William Faulkner. Boyagoda joined the English Dept. of Ryerson University in 2006. He is a frequent contributor to local magazines such as The Walrus and newspapers including The Globe and Mail and National Post.

Fiction

Beggar’s Feast

Toronto: Viking Canada, 2011.
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Publisher’s Synopsis

Sam Kandy, born to low prospcets in a Ceylon village in 1899, dies a hundred years later as the wealthy headman of the same village – a self-made shipping magnate and the father of sixteen who’s been married three times and widowed twice. … A novel about family, pride, and ambition set on a gorgeous, troubled island caught between tradition and modernity …

Fiction

Governor of the Northern Province

Toronto: Viking, 2006.
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Publisher’s Synopsis

He laughed at what passed for tragedy in his new country. So begins Randy Boyagoda’s scalding first novel, about an ex-African warlord named Bokarie who moves to small-town Canada–a place of comfort and tolerance, a place free from judgment and punishment for his gruesome doings in the northern province of his native African country, Atwenty. … With searing irony and irrepressible intellect, Randy Boyagoda has created a disquieting tale of ambition, reinvention and betrayal.

Awards and Honours

2006 Giller Prize — Longlist

Anthology (Short story)

“Rice and Curry Yacht Club” was first published in the journal Descant. It was shortlisted for the 17th annual Journey Prize and appeared in The Journey Prize: Stories: The Best of Canada’s New Writers (Toronto: Emblem/McClelland & Stewart, 2005).
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Links

Publisher Penguin Group (Canada)

Randy Boyagoda on The Beggar’s Feast, part of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers,  episode “Randy Boyagoda” first broadcast May 2, 2011