Yann Martel wrote a book called Life of Pi. Among other things, it is about a tiger and a man in a lifeboat. It became a very popular book, and has brought him onto the national scene.
He's got a new project underway. It's titled "What is Stephen Harper Reading?". His goal is to ensure that Stephen Harper has things to do with his "stillness" that will enhance or extend his "stillness", and quite possibly enlighten his cultural knowledge at the same time.