About the Author
Born in Beirut, RAWI HAGE grew up in Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1991 he relocated to Montreal, where he studied Photography at Dawson College and Fine Arts at Concordia University. He subsequently began exhibiting as a photographer and has had works acquired by the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In addition to his work as a writer and a visual artist, Hage spent time as a cab driver in Montreal. His debut novel, De Niro’s Game (2006), won the 2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2006 Governor General’s Award for English fiction. Commenting on their selection, the IMPAC judges remarked that “its originality, its power, its lyricism, as well as its humane appeal all mark De Niro’s Game as the work of a major literary talent and make Rawi Hage a truly deserving winner.” De Niro’s Game was also awarded the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the McAuslan First Book Prize. His second novel, Cockroach, was published in 2008 and was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. He was the winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 2008 and 2012 for his books Cockroach and Carnival, respectively.