Rabindranath Maharaj

Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of seven novels and three short story collections. His fifth novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, won both the Toronto Book Award and the Trillium Fiction Prize. A Perfect Pledge was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Maharaj immigrated to Canada in the early 1990s, and in 1993, he completed a second M.A. at the University of New Brunswick. In 1994 he moved to the town of Ajax, in Ontario’s Durham Region, where he taught high school for a number of years. In 1998, Maharaj, along with three other Durham Region writers, co-founded and co-edited the literary magazine LICHEN. Since then he has, among other posts, been a Writer in Residence at the Toronto Reference Library and at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, a mentor for young writers with Diaspora Dialogues, an instructor with both the Humber School for Writers and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, a faculty member at the Banff Writing Studio and more recently, the Writer in Residence at the University of New Brunswick. Apart from his novels and collections of short stories, he has published in various literary journals and anthologies; written reviews and articles for The Washington PostThe Globe and MailThe Toronto Star, and others; written the radio series “Malcolm and Alvin” for CBC Radio; and co-written a screenplay for the film Malini.

In November 2012, Maharaj received a Lifetime Literary Award as part of the commemoration of Trinidad’s 50th independence anniversary. In January 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

On Festival Sunday Rabindranath Maharaj will be part of our “Where do We Belong?” set at The Meadow from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Fatboy Fall Down

A child ridiculed for his weight, a son overshadowed by a favoured brother, a husband who falls short of his wife’s ambitions, an old man with a broken heart… As Orbits’s life passes, he doggedly pursues a simple dream — a little place in the country where a family might thrive — while wondering if he can ever shake free of the tragedies that seem to define him. 

Fatboy Fall Down is the lush and heartbreaking musings of a man trying to understand his place in the world. Though shot through with sadness, Fatboy Fall Down is also full of surprising moments of wry humor, and Rabindranath Maharaj’s deft touch underscores the resilience of the human spirit.