Fonds F0180 - Rohinton Mistry fonds

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Rohinton Mistry fonds

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10.9 m of textual records
494 photographs : b&w and col. ; 12.7 x 18 cm and smaller + 13.4 MB
9 audio cassettes
9 video cassettes
14 compact discs : approximately 10.9 GB of sound and moving image recordings
1 USB memory drive
23 computer disks
11 prints
1 jigsaw puzzle

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Rohinton Mistry, writer, was born in Bombay (now known as Mumbai), India, in 1952, and immigrated to Canada in 1975. He earned a degree in mathematics and economics at the University of Bombay before continuing his education in Canada. He attended York University and the University of Toronto, where he received his B.A. in English and philosophy. Mistry began his career as a writer by winning two Hart House literary prizes in 1983 and 1984, and Canadian Fiction Magazine’s Annual Contributor’s Prize in 1985 for his short stories. Mistry’s first book, a collection of short stories entitled “Tales from Firozsha Baag,” was published in 1987. His first novel, “Such a Long Journey” (1991), won the Governor General's Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, and the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and was short listed for the Booker Prize and the Trillium Award. It was adapted for film and released as a major motion picture in 1999. His 1995 novel, “A Fine Balance,” won the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Prize, in addition to an award by the Danish Literature Council. It was also short listed for the Booker Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. His latest novel, “Family Matters” (2002), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was the winner of the Kiriyama Prize and the Canadian Authors Association's Award for Fiction. Mistry received the Trudeau Fellows Prize from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in 2004, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009, was a finalist for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize, and in 2012 was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. In 2013, on the twentieth anniversary of the Giller Prize, he won the CBC Books’ “Giller of All Gillers” for “A Fine Balance.” Mistry’s work has been published in more than thirty languages.

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The fonds consists of records that document Mistry's career as a writer, including financial records, personal and professional correspondence, publicity files, first editions and translations of his published works, notes, drafts and galleys of his short stories, travel essays and novels, including "Tales from Firozsha Baag," "Such a Long Journey," "A Fine Balance," and "Family Matters." It also includes records documenting his work with his literary agent and publishers, his selection to the Oprah Book Club, the burning and banning of "Such a Long Journey" at the University of Mumbai in September 2010, Mistry's involvement with literary festivals and awards, his investiture into the Order of Canada, and his support of organizations devoted to literacy, humanitarianism, and writers.

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Donated by Rohinton Mistry in 2000, 2003, 2014 and 2019.


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Restrictions on access apply. Contact the University Archivist for further details.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2000-058, 2003-007, 2014-013 and 2019-081. Further accruals are expected.

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2002/04/05 Jizi Chen:. (Creation)
2002/04/05 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/04/15 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Removed note re: supplied title. Updated wording in accruals.
2003/04/28 Sean Smith. Updated fonds level decription to include accession 2003-007.
2003/05/02 Ken Hernden. Updated biographical sketch, scope and content, immediate source of acquisition, accruals, and finding aid note. Updated provenance and subject access points.
2005/08/29 Sean Smith. Made corrections to bio sketch.
2019/03/22 J. Grant. Updated access restrictions.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.
2023/07/31 K. Kerr. Updated fonds level description to include 2019-081.

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