About the Author


Author Spotlight

Shyam Selvadurai


Shyam Selvadurai was born in 1965 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He came to Canada with his family at the age of nineteen. He has studied creative writing and theatre, and has a B.F.A. from York University.

Funny Boy, his first novel, was published to immediate acclaim in 1994, was a national bestseller, and won the W. H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award and, in the U.S., The Lambda Literary Award, and was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Cinnamon Gardens, his second novel, was shortlisted for the Trillium Award. It has been published in the U.S., the...

Shyam Selvadurai
Enlarge View
Photo © Karen Fernandez
Author Alert Sign Up

McClelland & Stewart will keep you up to date on the works of Shyam Selvadurai! Enter your email address below to enroll. Privacy Policy.


Author Bookshelf
Sort Results By:
On-sale date Title Format Price

book cover
Funny Boy
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

eBook | pages | Emblem Editions | Fiction - Short Stories (single author); Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Gay
978-1-55199-719-3 (1-55199-719-3)

January 29, 2013 | $12.99

Buy this eBook

Funny Boy
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551997193
Our Price: $12.99


In this remarkable debut novel, a boy’s bittersweet passage to maturity and sexual awakening is set against escalating political tensions in Sri Lanka, during the seven years leading up to the 1983 riots. Arjie Chelvaratnam is a Tamil boy growing up in an extended family in Colombo. It is through his...

Also available as a trade paperback.

book cover
Cinnamon Gardens
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

eBook | pages | Emblem Editions | Fiction; Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Historical
978-1-55199-718-6 (1-55199-718-5)

December 4, 2012 | $13.99

Buy this eBook

Cinnamon Gardens
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551997186
Our Price: $13.99


Set in 1920s’ Ceylon, during the turbulent closing days of colonial rule, this evocative story of intertwined lives takes us behind the fragrant gardens and polished surfaces of the elite who reside in a wealthy suburb of Colombo to reveal a world of splintered families, conflicted passions, and lives destroyed by...

Also available as a trade paperback.

book cover
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

eBook | pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Fiction - Social Situations - Homosexuality; Juvenile Fiction - People & Places - Asia; Juvenile Fiction - Social Situations - New Experience
978-1-55199-720-9 (1-55199-720-7)

December 4, 2012 | $8.99

Buy this eBook

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781551997209
Our Price: $8.99


Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards 2005, (Children's Literature, Text)


The setting is Sri Lanka, 1980, and it is the season of monsoons. Fourteen-year-old Amrith is caught up in the life of the cheerful, well-to-do household in which he is being raised by his vibrant Auntie Bundle and kindly Uncle Lucky...

Also available as a trade paperback.

book cover
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

Trade Paperback | 280 pages | Tundra Books | Juvenile Fiction - Social Situations - Homosexuality; Juvenile Fiction - People & Places - Asia; Juvenile Fiction - Social Situations - New Experience
978-0-88776-834-7 (0-88776-834-2)

August 14, 2007 | $14.99

Add this item to your cart

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780887768347
Our Price: $14.99
   Quantity: 1 


Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards 2005, (Children's Literature, Text)


The setting is Sri Lanka, 1980, and it is the season of monsoons. Fourteen-year-old Amrith is caught up in the life of the cheerful, well-to-do household in which he is being raised by his vibrant Auntie Bundle and kindly Uncle Lucky...

Also available as an eBook.

book cover
Cinnamon Gardens
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

Trade Paperback | 400 pages | Emblem Editions | Fiction; Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Historical
978-0-7710-7956-6 (0-7710-7956-7)

September 23, 1999 | $21.00

Add this item to your cart

Cinnamon Gardens
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771079566
Our Price: $21.00
   Quantity: 1 


Set in 1920s’ Ceylon, during the turbulent closing days of colonial rule, this evocative story of intertwined lives takes us behind the fragrant gardens and polished surfaces of the elite who reside in a wealthy suburb of Colombo to reveal a world of splintered families, conflicted passions, and lives destroyed by...

Also available as an eBook.

book cover
Funny Boy
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

Trade Paperback | 336 pages | Emblem Editions | Fiction - Short Stories (single author); Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Gay
978-0-7710-7951-1 (0-7710-7951-6)

October 11, 1997 | $21.00

Add this item to your cart

Funny Boy
Written by Shyam Selvadurai

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771079511
Our Price: $21.00
   Quantity: 1 


In this remarkable debut novel, a boy’s bittersweet passage to maturity and sexual awakening is set against escalating political tensions in Sri Lanka, during the seven years leading up to the 1983 riots. Arjie Chelvaratnam is a Tamil boy growing up in an extended family in Colombo. It is through his...

Also available as an eBook.