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, and “an original animal” that’s “clever, often ingenious” by the New York Times, Boyagoda’s latest novel is funny, fresh and inventive. Original Prin was named a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2018 and a 2019 New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection. Boyagoda is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he also serves as Principal of St. Michael’s College.
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