Yann Martel

Author

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.

The Andes Expedition at Wayqecha Science Station in the cloud forest, measuring carbon in the soil. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
Charlie Kronick with Salcantay glacier in the background. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
Start of the Trocha Union, the path into the jungle. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
 
 
Matt Wainwright recording boat activities. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
Tres Cruces, watching the sun rise over the rainforest and cloud forest. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
Scientist Kathryn Clark sampling the river water in San Pedro. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
 
 
Yadvinder and the Andes expedition on the way to the reforestation project, at Manu Learning Centre. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
 
Casa dOxford – filed plant species. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
 
A very small Orchid at Wayqecha. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
A large landslide along Trocha Union. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.
The cloud forest. Photo taken on a previous expedition by scientist Josh Fisher.
The Andes Expedition before camping overnight near the Humantay Glacier. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.

Start of the Trocha Union, the path into the jungle. Photographer: Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil.