In 2015, Choy received the George Woodcock Award that recognized his outstanding literary career.
Vancouver-born author Wayson Choy has died at age 80.
According to a tweet from Choy’s literary agent Denise Bukowski, Choy died at home on April 27, 2019.
Choy was born in Vancouver in 1939 and lived his early life in Chinatown, a place that would be the backdrop for his two acclaimed novels, The Jade Peony and All That Matters. The Jade Peony was published in 1995 and won the Trillium Prize that year.
He wrote a memoir called Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood, that won the 2000 Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction.
Choy went to Gladstone Secondary School in East Vancouver and was the first Chinese-Canadian to enrol in creative writing at the University of B.C.
In his early 20s, Choy moved to Toronto, when he taught writing.
In 2015, Choy received the George Woodcock Award that recognized his outstanding literary career. He was also a Member of the Order of Canada.