Austin Clarke


Age: 81

Barbadian-born award-winning author who wrote about the immigrant experience and being black in Canada, who won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for his 2002 novel The Polished Hoe, which tells the story of a sugar plantation owner's black mistress who years later as an elderly woman confesses to a brutal crime, whose memoir and final work titled 'Membering (2015) describes his moving to Canada in 1955 to study at the University of Toronto, his struggles with racial discrimination, and his early days as a journalist covering the civil rights movement in New York's Harlem in the 1960's.

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

Born: July 26, 1934

Died: June 26, 2016

Toronto, Canada