Introducing Rabindranath Maharaj

Date of Birth: June 2, 1955
Nationality: Canadian
Place of Birth: Trinidad
Home Community: Ajax

Durham Region Background:

Moved to Ajax in 1994 to work briefly as a supply teacher and then as an English teacher at Pine Ridge Secondary. Resigned in 2005 to focus on full time writing.

  • Writer,
  • Instructor: University of Toronto SCS

  • M.A. Creative Writing (University of New Brunswick, 1989) 
  • MA English (University of the West Indies, 2001)

Honours and Awards:
  • 2005 Rogers/Writers’ Trust Prize, finalist for Best Novel, A Perfect Pledge.
  • 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize (Canada/Caribbean Region), finalist, A Perfect Pledge.
  • 2005 Globe and Mail, A Best Book, A Perfect Pledge.
  • 2005 Toronto Star, A Best Book, A Perfect Pledge.
  • 2000 Globe and Mail, A Best Book, The Lagahoo’s Apprentice.
  • 2000 Toronto Star, Best Of Fiction List, The Lagahoo’s Apprentice.
  • 2000 Write Magazine, runner-up, Book of the Year, The Lagahoo’s Apprentice.
  • 1998 Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, finalist, Homer in Flight.
  • 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada/Caribbean Region), finalist for Best First Book, The Interloper.

Organizations and Associations:


Realistic Fiction:

Short Stories:

    • The book of ifs and buts (Knopf Canada,.2002)
    • The writer and his wife (Peepal Tree Press, UK, 1996)
    • The interloper (Goose Lane Editions, 1995)

Public Speaking Topics:

Anything related to fiction writing