Ryad Assani-Razaki (born November 4, 1981 in Cotonou, Benin) is a Beninese-Canadian writer. His debut short story collection Deux cercles won the Trillium Book Award for French-language fiction in 2010, and his novel La main d'Iman won the Prix Robert-Cliche in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for French-language fiction in 2012.
|Occupation||Novelist, short story writer|
He first moved to North America in 1999, to study computer science at the University of North Carolina. After graduating in 2002, he struggled to find a job until registering for a master's in computer science at the Université de Montréal in 2004. He wrote his first short story in 2006, after witnessing an Asian man struggle to order food in a fast food restaurant because of his difficulties with the language. Deux cercles was published in 2009.
- "Newcomers' struggles on book-award short list: Toronto resident wins nod for 11 stories inspired by individuals he met while an illegal immigrant". Toronto Star, June 22, 2010.
- "Good things happen when you follow through; Trillium Prize; Karen Solie, Ian Brown among winners". National Post, June 25, 2010.
- "Ryad Assani-Razaki: le rêve d'ailleurs". La Presse, August 26, 2011.
- "Littérature - Les noms des finalistes aux Prix du Gouverneur général sont dévoilés". Le Devoir, October 3, 2012.