Meet the 2019 Writers



9:00 am ~ Saturday ~ August 17

Randy Boyagoda

Randy Boyagoda
Photo by Angela Lewis

Randy Boyagoda is a talented writer, critic and scholar. His debut novel, Governor of the Northern Province, a satire about a former African warlord who moves to Canada to take advantage of small-town hospitality, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Beggar’s Feast, a rags-to-riches story that follows Sam Kandy’s rise from poverty to wealthy headman, was widely critically acclaimed and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. In his latest, most personal, novel, Original Prin, we follow Princely St. John Umbiligoda through a mid-life crisis that has him unwittingly participating in a jihad in the fictional country of Dragomans after a cancer diagnosis sets him on a path of spiritual re-awakening. Called “tightly paced” and “richly humorous” by the Toronto Star, Boyagoda’s latest novel is fresh and inventive, giving us a flawed protagonist whose Catholic beliefs are at the heart of his identity.