Yann Martel joined the 2009 Andes Expedition, Cape Farewell's first expedition outside the Arctic, an 18 day trek through shrinking glaciers, cloud forests, lower forests, areas of deforestation and the Amazon.
What is Stephen Harper Reading? is Yann Martel's brilliant project, delivering a book to Stephen Harper, Prime Minster of Canada, every two weeks for as long as he is Prime Minister. Each book is inscribed and accompanied by a letter explaining the choice. On 30 March 2009 he received Cape Farewell's first book Burning Ice. Click to find out more about the project and why Yann chose Burning Ice.
"Climate change on its own is an impersonal force, deeply disempowering. Art inspired by climate change, because the making of art is personally involving, a whole-person activity, is empowering, both for the maker and the spectator."
Yann Martel, 2009
Yann Martel is the author of a collection of short stories, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, a novel, Self, and the international bestseller Life of Pi, for which he won the 2002 Man Booker Prize. Life of Pi is being adapted to the screen by Ang Lee. Forthcoming is a collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada, What is Stephen Harper Reading? and, in 2010, a double novel and essay on the Holocaust. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.