Author photo of Deni Ellis Béchard.

Deni Ellis Béchard

Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of Vandal Love (Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book); Of Bonobos and Men (Grand Prize winner of the Nautilus Book Award for investigative journalism); Cures for Hunger, a memoir about his bank robber father (selected as one of the best memoirs of 2012 by; and Into the Sun (Midwest Book Award for literary fiction, selected by CBC Radio Canada as one of 2017’s Incontournables and one of the most important books of the year to be read by Canada’s political leaders).

He has reported from India, Cuba, Rwanda, Colombia, Iraq, the Congo, and Afghanistan. He has been a finalist for a Canadian National Magazine Award and has been featured in Best Canadian Essays 2017, and his photojournalism has been exhibited in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

His articles, fiction, and photos have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world, including the LA Times, Salon, Reuters, The Walrus, Le Devoir, Vanity Fair Italia, The Herald Scotland, the Huffington Post, The Harvard Review, the National Post, and Foreign Policy Magazine.

His most recent titles include Kuei, My Friend, an engaging book of letters that discuss racism and reconcilliation, My Favourite Crime, a book of journalistic essays that explore our sense of family, of the world, and of ourselves, and White, a riveting novel that explores whiteness, modern humanitarianism, and the lies of American exceptionalism and white supremacy.