David Chariandy

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Chariandy in 2017

David Chariandy (born 1969 in Scarborough, Metropolitan Toronto) is a Canadian writer.


  • The past is not yet past. When things happen, the only way we can make sense of it is by telling the story about the past – realising where prejudices come from. And the point would be not only to spin a story about racial violence but to tell how our ancestors have bravely and creatively overcome these things.
  • Canada, in fact, has had its own legacies of slavery, segregation, state violence, and systemic impoverishment; and Canada, no less than any other site of the African diaspora, boasts brilliant affirmations of Black life and creativity, powerfully “here,” but in complex intercultural and diasporic dialogue with the world.
  • I’m often inspired by the everyday beauty and resilience of black and brown families caught up in deeply challenging circumstances. I wanted to capture this ordinary beauty in its variations and intensity.
  • The most important opportunity offered by increased exposure is the chance to focus with greater faith and intensity upon the hard work of writing.

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