Shyam Selvadurai: A Brief Biographical Sketch

Amy Small, Leena Palamkunnel, Alexis Goldberg, English 365, Northwestern University

Born in 1965, Shyam Selvadurai spent most of his adolescence in Sri Lanka. However, after the 1983 riots in Colombo, he and his family moved to Canada. This experience provided the historical and personal background for the novel Funny Boy. Selvadurai then went to York University and earned a B.F.A. in creative writing and magazine writing. He has won both the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men's Fiction.


Funny Boy. Toronto: McClelland & Stuart, 1994.

Cinnamon Gardens. Toronto: McClelland & Stuart, 1999.

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