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.
Toronto: Viking Canada, 2011.
9th floor PS8603 .O978 B43 2011
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 …
Governor of the Northern Province
Toronto: Viking, 2006.
9th floor PS8603 .O978 G69 2006
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