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Jaspreet Singh, 2006-2007 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Jaspreet Singh, 2006-2007 Canadian Writer-in-ResidenceJaspreet Singh was born in India and moved to Canada in 1990. His critically-acclaimed book of short stories, Seventeen Tomatoes: Tales from Kashmir, won the Quebec Writers' Federation 2004 McAuslan First Book Prize. The Montreal Gazette called Seventeen Tomatoes a "haunting fairy tale" and The Calgary Herald praised the stories for "capturing the two sides of Kashmir brilliantly". Chef, his first novel, about the damaged landscapes of Kashmir, was a 2010 Observer 'Book of the Year' and won the Canadian Georges Bugnet Prize for Fiction.

Singh has also been a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, longlisted for DSC Prize for South Asia Literature and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and his work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Punjabi and Farsi. In 2002, Quill & Quire magazine identified Singh as one of "five new talents to watch."

Jaspreet's stories have appeared in Alphabet City (MIT Press), ascent, Coming Attractions, subTerrain, Maisonneuve, World Cup Cricket Anthology, Fiddlehead, and Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope. His work has been featured on CBC Radio's special Remembrance Day edition and his play, Speak, Oppenheimer, was written for Montreal 's Infinite Theatre.

Singh holds a PhD in chemical engineering fromMcGill University and has worked as a research scientist and teacher. He has also performed in street theatre in India, and on stage in Montreal.

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